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Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. gunned down Carlos Beltran at home

Jun 30, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

This wasn’t one of those “oh my God, tell everyone you know about it throws,” but it was an incredibly smooth and satisfying throw with good camera work, so it’s the sort of play you could watch over and over again.

Here’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. throwing Carlos Beltran out at home in last night’s Red Sox win over the Yankees:

His quote after the game was pretty good too. Bradley musing about Beltran’s motivation on going home:

“Maybe he thought I was going to concede the run with the lead we had. Nope.”

The throw was Bradley’s ninth assist this season, leading all outfielders in that category.

  1. paperlions - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Cespedes has 10 assists. The only reason I know that is because you guys noted such in the last “wow, Cespedes makes another incredible throw” post.

    I’m pretty sure 10 is more than 9.

  2. 18thstreet - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    [Awesome play. Yadda yadda.]

    Given that catchers can’t block the plate, why was Beltran running so wide around AJP? He must have made a terrible turn at third, right?

    • 18thstreet - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Can someone explain what’s being thumbed-down here? I was asking a question, not answering it.

      What happened?

    • jwbiii - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Yeah, he looks to be about ten feet onto the grass.

    • larrytsg - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      Watch the video carefully. AJ (ain’t gonna spell his last name) is in front of the plate until he catches the ball, then takes his place to block the plate. He’s allowed to block the plate IF he has the ball. The bigger problem was catchers casually situating themselves in the basepath or blocking the plate when they DIDN’T have the ball.

      Looks like Beltran assumed he was gonna be close at the plate (he probably figured it would at least draw a throw), so he decided to go a little wide to try to avoid the tag. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him.

  3. hushbrother - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    So Bradley is first (or second) in MLB in assists, but dead last in OPS.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Zack Cozart, Nate Schierholtz, and Everth Cabrera (high to low) each have a lower OPS.

  4. stlouis1baseball - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    I thought Cespedes led MLB Outfielders in assist? No?

    Signed,
    A guy who is always too lazy to do his own research.

  5. 18thstreet - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Neither fangraphs nor ESPN made this easy to find, but baseball-reference had it:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/A_of_top_ten.shtml

    Cespedes does have 10; Bradley and Brantley (of Cleveland) have 9. Bautista has 8.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Wow. If you want another piece of evidence of how baseball has changed, check out this list of leaders for single-season outfield assists:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/A_of_season.shtml

      Whoever leads MLB in outfield assists this year will have roughly 20 — which won’t in the top 500 seasons of all time.

      • larrytsg - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Clemente had 27 in 1961. Seems to be tops in the expansion era….The rest of those Top All-Time dudes played back before Babe Ruth……. the game was a wee bit different back then.

  6. drewzducks - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Someone may want to tell Beltran that the Red Sox’ CF is named Jackie, not Jacoby.

    • jwbiii - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Or Johnny. . .

  7. robmar924 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I am a biased Jackie Bradley fan because I’m a Gamecock fan and I really hope he figures out hitting soon and the Sox don’t give up on him. Great kid with lots of talent.

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