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Play of the Day: J.B. Shuck robs Jose Bautista of a home run

Aug 3, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

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In the top of the fourth with the Blue Jays leading 1-0, Jose Bautista hit Tommy Hanson‘s 1-0 offering deep to left field with home run distance. Angels left fielder J.B. Shuck ranged back, timed his leap perfectly directly above the 330-foot marker, and snagged the ball just before falling into a sea of Angels fans behind the fence. Shuck completely disappeared from view of the camera before miraculously reappearing unscathed, with ball in tow.

Expect to see this on plenty of “best plays of the year” montages.

  1. moseskkim - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Sweet play! Wish angels would make an epic run for a wild card spot..

    • km9000 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      At this point, the only thing to look forward to is watching kids like Calhoun and Richards show what they’re capable of.

  2. jaysfan64 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Just a sick catch – candidate for catch of the year…
    Just cheer and tip your cap…

  3. razorbyrd - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    sorry, the ball and Shuck went over the fence, that is a home run… bullsh*t call

    • bender4700 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      Ball in his glove = NOT a Home Run.

      A Home Run is a ball leaving the bat and clearing the wall and making contact with anything that isn’t the outfielders glove.

      Seriously, who is really arguing whether that was an out?

      • Carl Hancock - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        How do we know the ball stayed in his glove as he tumbled over the other side? We don’t. He could have dropped the ball, grabbed it and out it back in his glove and jumped up like he had made the play. It’s not as cut and dry as you make it out to be. It’s a great catch. But it’s not it certainly isn’t 100% clear that it was a clean catch from start to finish. We don’t know what happened behind the wall.

      • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:52 AM

        @Carl, look at how fast he comes up with the ball. If the ball had fallen out of his glove, it almost certainly would have bounced out of his reach. Even if the ball had landed right next to him, he would have had to turn and look for it, given that he just fallen upside down on his head. I suppose there is a tiny possibility that it fell out and then fell back into his glove or landed right next to him. But this catch was more certain than routine calls that are made all the time, like tag plays at home, close force out calls, etc.

      • js20011041 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        I actually agree with razorbyrd. Regardless of whether the ball stayed in his glove or not, the ball never actually stayed in the field of play. It went with Shuck into the stands. That should be a homerun.

    • km9000 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      And Bautista’s just too mild-mannered to have expressed his disagreement with an umpire…

  4. Carl Hancock - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    The commenter above makes a good point. At which point is a home run catch like this not actually an out but still a home run? If the player leaves the field of play to make the catch is it an out? If a player jumps the wall and catches the ball on the other side is that a home run or an out? Another point, how do we know he didn’t drop the ball on the other side? He comes up wit the ball but we don’t see or know what happened when he goes tumbling on the other side of the outfield wall?

    This is an amazing play, but I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as people are making it out to be. Most amazing catches the player doesn’t leave the field of play entirely like this. And in the odd case they do (such as catches Jeter has made) it was plainly clear he caught the ball and had it in his glove the entire time. In this case it isn’t. He coud have dropped the ball, grabbed it and out it in is glove and jumped back up and acted like he maintained control of it.

    • Bryz - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      I disagree with the rule, but the rule states that if you catch it and still go over the fence, it’s an out. However, the umpires correctly ruled that since Shuck went out of play, Maicer Izturis was allowed to advance from 1st to 2nd base.

      • dan1111 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:57 AM

        I don’t disagree with the rule, because it allows awesome plays like this. Also, it seems pretty logical: if you catch the ball it’s an out. There is a clear dividing line between falling out of the field while making the catch and intentionally leaving the field before you make a play (e.g. running into the stands). It seems like a good place to draw the line to me.

    • paperlions - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      The rule is very clear. If a player has a body part in play when he makes the catch, then it’s an out. So a player can make catches like Shuck did….but a player can not climb over the wall and make a catch while out-of-play.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Another great pitching performance by the bluejays, not only did the starter stink up the joint but the bullpen came in and brought the gas cans to the mound. That’s 9 games below .500, tomorrow night they go for that 10 under, just love how that sounds!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      And the ACE on Harry’s team sucked again. CC has become another albatross for the Yankees.

    • theskinsman - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Harry, you whining little twit, did tears roll down your cheeks as the best team money can buy lost…again? Were you listening to the worst announcer in the history of organized sports blubber ‘Ballgame over! Yankees LOSE!! Theeeeeee Yankees LOSE!’ ?
      I sure hope you enjoy watching the good teams in the playoffs this year.

    • tuberippin - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Don’t know why you’re still railing on Toronto when Boston and Tampa are getting ready to make sure the Yankees don’t make the playoffs…

      • nbjays - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Because railing on Toronto is what harry does. In fact, it’s ALL he does. He’s just a one-trick pony.

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Speaking of the line of where an out is an out…I think it would be awesome to see an OF jump the fence, go up the steps, and catch a ball amongst a bunch of fans.

    • blacksables - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:51 AM

      And yet again, the desire to make things up for silly reasons trumps the ability to actually read the rule book.

      • nbjays - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Meh! The rule book is obviously overrated. Watch any ump in the game today and tell me if his strike zone matches the one laid down in the rule book.

      • blacksables - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Watch any game today and tell me the managers and coaches don’t violate the rulebook every time they argue a ball/strike call?

  7. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Love how the dude got cleated in the chest and didn’t even flinch

    • nbjays - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Beer makes you invincible.

      • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        That guy looks like he’s had a little more than a couple beers

  8. eagles512 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    That should be a home run

  9. eagles512 - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Thanks for the rule-but think its a bad rule.

  10. unclemosesgreen - Aug 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Awwww Shucks!

  11. aceshigh11 - Aug 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    John Gibbons walks like a penguin.

    • tuberippin - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      John Gibbons is The Penguin

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