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HBT Daily: Where does Yoenis Cespedes’ throw rank on the all-time list?

Jun 11, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

  1. cur'68 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Cespedes made on hell of a throw, no doubt about it. But my “Best Throw Ever Seen” would be Vladdy’s throw to get Alberto Castillo in 2001, Expos vs Blue Jays. Why? All Canadian affair, great throw, and The-Best-Expo-To-Watch-Do-Anything did it. Just too many layers of awesome to get past.

    • mmeyer3387 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      I’m not sure if Vlad was the best, but he made his share of great throws. Additionally, I miss watching Vlad’s outrageous home runs. when he was in a grove it didn’t matter what type of pitch or its location, he hit and made a lot of great highlights over his career. He was a true pleasure to watch play. On the other hand, forgive me I got of topic. I do remember Dwight Evans making some great throws for Boston.

  2. cmoney4949 - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    No video of it???

    • Scott Hevel - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      • chinahand11 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Um, uh, wow. Can’t think of anything else to say. Stunning, maybe?

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Does Adam Wainwright’s curveball to Beltran count?

    • baberuthslegs - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      That’s a “pitch”, not a “throw”.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        potayto, potahto

      • stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        One of my favorite pitch/throws of all time.

  4. Scott Hevel - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    I would still put the order at Ichiro, Vladi, and Cespedes. All 3 are amazing

  5. stex52 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    It was a magnificent throw, from a bad angle and with no decent time to set up. But ranking these is a fool’s errand. They are all great in their own way and played into the game narratives in their own ways. Just admire the skill and athleticism. Then move on.

    You can’t rank everything.

  6. drewzducks - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Still my favorite, but of course back then “it didn’t count”.

    • dabrown209 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      On a rope, too!

  7. chinahand11 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Craig I hate you. I looked up Jose Guillen’s “mutant throw” and got stuck on YouTube for an hour watching tremendous dynamic superb throws from players exhibiting top-shelf athleticism. An hour! Of my life! Well, it was a good hour. Thanks, actually. And it is truly impossible to rank the “best” of these throws. Reggie Smith deserves some love, too. I don’t know of any highlight films of him, but the man had a gun and everyone knew it. Man on base, hit to right field, Reggie charging the ball, runner running … the anticipation and adrenalin builds. Good times. Thanks again.

  8. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    How do you show a 3 minute video on how exceptional his throw was…without showing the actual video of the throw itself?? Tell me, does the world want to see Craig Calcaterra talking about how good of a throw it was…or do you think maybe they would rather see the actual play? The answer is an easy one…

  9. dowhatifeellike - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    It’s hard to put it at the top; he needed to make the throw because of his own error. Negative points for that.

  10. sleepyirv - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Ichiro introduces himself to America.

    • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      This guy is just awesome.

  11. mibnyc - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Best arm hands down is MICKEY RIVERS

  12. dabrown209 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Dave Parker throw to nail Brian Downing at the plate 1979 All Star Game

  13. philliesblow - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Well, it’s the best since since play last month.
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/30/a-right-fielder-throwing-a-runner-out-at-first-never-gets-old/

  14. mmeyer3387 - Jun 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    I would like to see ESPN or MLB channel put together a top ten all time list. It seems like we get to see the great home runs and catches often. However, its almost rare to see great throws make the hi light list.

  15. bryancl - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I’m a bit biased, but I think a throw made in the heat of the NLCS is harder to accomplish than in the regular season…and granted this throw one hopped to the third basemen…but it was still incredible.

  16. dcarroll73 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Since they almost always cut off the film just after “The Catch”, many people have never seen it, but it is hard to top the throw Mays made to second after about the longest run to dead center we will ever see (unless someone builds a ‘retro’ Polo Grounds.) Willie himself said something to the effect of he knew he had that ball all the way but he was worried about getting the ball back in. Well he succeeded.

  17. outsiderj - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Meh. Markakis makes those kind of throws all the time, and this is more impressive than throwing out some slow ass guy.

  18. unlost1 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    honorable mention

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