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Kevin Frandsen made an incredible/weird/lucky non-catch

Apr 30, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

This is one of the best plays you’ll ever see that didn’t actually result in any outs.

Maybe the best part? Frandsen admitted afterward that he had no idea what he was doing. And this morning he tweeted this, which immediately makes him one of my favorite players:

  1. ayblincoln - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    He played it off so well! Acted like he totally meant to do it just like that and got the throw in quick, pretty amazing.

    • apkyletexas - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      That’s a dude that has caught a few thousand tennis balls of the wall in his day, like Cal Ripken Jr. used to do. You can see he knew exactly what he was doing.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    That play never would have been possible without hustle

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    My favorite part is the head nod afterwords as if to say “Yea, you know I’m just that good.”

    • recoveringcubsfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      That’s one bad hombre, right there.

  4. roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    This was awesome. For some reason this reminds me of the Manny Ramirez days out in front of the Green Monster. Manny was considered a horrible defender, which he mainly was when he was on the road. But to this day, I’ve never seen another LF man the Green Monster like Manny. He was the best at reading fly balls and line drives and positioning himself at the best possible angle to catch the ball without moving an inch. He also had a quick catch-and-release and stunned a good amount of baserunners who hit a “sure double” only to be bagged by Manny at second. He actually led the AL in outfield assists once!

    • 18thstreet - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Manny had a great arm. Well, an accurate arm. Something positive about Manny’s defense here.

      I think he lulled a lot of runners into trying for an extra base, because of his demeanor, and then nailed them.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        Yes he did! It was a joy watching him play left out there in front of the Green Monster. He would Cadillac in, make a nonchalant catch, and fired a rocket to the base. Consistently. Sometimes he would even fake a half-assed toss back to the infield to bait the runner into taking off, and then he would nail them easily. I never understood why this was never acknowledged. I guess it might have something to do with the disaster that unfolded whenever he was put out in a normal left field.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        I think, with Manny, never ever knew what he was thinking. So it was hard to give him credit for whatever he did well.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Not to mention his interceptions. He single-handedly brought down Johnny Damon’s completion % by several points.

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        Of course somebody had to mention it! As an avid Manny fan in his day, I can go on for days about his bloopers! But that was almost part of his personality! One thing I can say, those bloopers were USUALLY in a low-leverage, relaxed situation. In October, Manny was always sharp as a blade. I remember in the 2004 ALCS in one of the games where Manny came through big-time, he had not swung the bat ONCE until his third AB. He struck out looking with no swing once, walked another time again with no swing, and then hit (I believe) an 0-2 pitch for an RBI. That was Manny!

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Sure. It was spectacular for both the athleticism (it may have been the only time I ever saw him dive for a ball) and complete lack of awareness/understanding required to make such a play.

        It was similar to the HR he hit as a Dodger, when the pitch nearly hit his front foot (and may or may not have bounced first). A person should not swing at that pitch under any circumstances, but Manny did and put it in the people.

  5. toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Still pissed the Phillies released him for no good reason.

    • jkcalhoun - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Still pissed that after Frandsen came back from his achilles tendon blowout the Giants gave Eugenio Velez more of a shot than they gave Frandsen.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      I miss the guy – but they didn’t release him, Frandsen declined to go to Triple A, as was his right to do so. But the Phillies did not release him, they very much wanted to keep him, and I am sure he wold have seen time in the bigs this year. They optioned him to Triple A as they felt they needed a utility infielder, and had enough back up options in the outfield.

      • utecutec - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        He is a backup infielder – that was his planned role with the Nats until injuries hit. I think he’s started maybe 10 games in LF in his career, 5 this year with the Nats and has done really well. The Nats announcer said “only a second baseman could have made that catch!”

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Yes – I did realize that was what they signed him for, utility infielder

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        I had forgotten they optioned him and he opted out for free agency. What makes that decision look even worse is the production they’re getting from the hot corner one month into the season.

    • natstowngreg - Apr 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      And this Nats fan, for one, is happy. It was a fortunate fit of a good utility player with a team’s need for a good utility player. Frandsen is better than the other veteran options for the last bench slot, Jamey Carroll and Mike Fontenot.

      Especially with the injuries at 3B (Danny Espinosa, supposedly a utility infielder, playing 2B regularly with Ryan Zimmerman out) and LF (both Bryce Harper and Scott Hairston out).

  6. imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Once in awhile Twitter proves it’s worth

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