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Play of the Day: Nolan Arenado makes a ridiculous mid-air toss to get the out at third base

May 4, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

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Nolan Arenado is quickly becoming a household name. He hit a go-ahead grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 23 consecutive games last night, and doubled on Sunday afternoon against the Mets to make it 24 in a row, as he inches ever closer to the Rockies franchise record 27 games set by Michael Cuddyer last season.

But Arenado has been getting it done with the glove, too, making the Rockies’ left side of the infield the best defensive pairing in baseball. Arenado showed why with an incredibly heads-up, athletic play to get the out at third base in the first inning.

With runners on the corners and one out, Chris Young hit a weak fly ball to shallow left field. Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez caught the ball and with plenty of momentum, fired the ball in to cut-off man Arenado. It was a bit high, so Arenado had to leap to catch it. Daniel Murphy was a bit too far off of the third base bag. Noticing this, Arenado — hanging in the Colorado air — flung the ball quickly to Charlie CulbersonĀ covering the bag, who applied the tag for the final out of the inning.

You can watch the incredible play on MLB.com by clicking here. To the relevant parties at Major League Baseball in charge of sending outĀ Gold Glove awards, the address for Coors Field is 2001 Blake St, Denver CO 80205. Arenado will take his now.

  1. pinkfloydprism - May 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Almost mid-air.

  2. thetoolsofignorance - May 4, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Right there with Abreu’s thrown glove if you ask me. saw the player had strayed and made the decision to throw in a split second. Like Abreu and his stuck-ball/throw-mitt-and-ball play it took presence of mind and quick thinking. Arendado has plenty of game

  3. chinahand11 - May 4, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    I am impressed. That man is a Ballplayer.

  4. moogro - May 5, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    That was great! I think I’ll watch more baseball.

  5. ch0psuey - May 5, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    Arenado has highly impressed this year. In the previous series vs my Padres he made no less than 3 spectacular plays at 3rd. He is sure making a name for himself thats for sure.

  6. doctornature - May 5, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    His feet were on the ground when he made the throw, falling down. Hyperbole among sports writers is the norm. It was a great play no doubt, but “Hanging in the Colorado air”???

    Get a grip, Baer!

    • clydeserra - May 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      not only that, it was not nearly the play of the day.

      Barton’s play in the 10th in boston was better, more important and gutsier.

      Dillon Gee’s play was just as good.

      I think machdo made a harder catch than that catch and throw.

      I am sure there are more

      Look, that play was good, but its an extra. if no play happens, no big deal, with the others, the game situation is much worse for the defensive team.

      also, that play was dependent on bad baserunning

  7. disgracedfury - May 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    That’s how you play baseball.Nice.

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