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Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. throws a ball over Fenway Park’s center field wall from home plate

Jul 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

This looks like one of those fake Powerade commercials from the early 2000s, but it’s very real

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Depending where exactly the ball went over the wall, that throw was about 400 feet …


  1. tbird05 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Very Bo Jacksonish of him. Impressive.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      I wonder if Colby Lewis took exception to this.

    • ultimatehitcoach - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      old fart here.. in 1959.. I saw duke snider stand at home plate in old LA coliseum.. take ONE STEP, & fire the ball over the wall in right center field, DIRECTLY OVER THE 440 sign. now there’s a REAL arm. yet he wasn’t the strongest arm in the outfield.. CARL FURILLO, the springfield rifle.. had the greatest arm there ever was. not only powerful beyond words.. always right on the money. look him up- lifetime BA .299, one year threw out 24 runners before everyone smartened up. still averaged 10 A for 14 years. greatest arm ever period

  2. joehahntpt - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    If only this kid was hitting….

  3. Glenn - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Arm story from the ’67 Red Sox. Yaz had a great arm and he and rookie Reggie Smith started a little back and forth about who could throw farther as they were sitting in the dugout before a game. The challenge was on. Yaz took a running start from in front of the dugout to the first base line and threw a ball high off the Monster. Reggie just stepped out of the dugout and threw a bullet over everything. I think this story was in Bill Lee’s book.

  4. misterschmo - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    If Jackie has a sore arm any time this year, Striewski should be spanked. Then replaced with Heidi Watney.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      I’d rather spank Heidi.

  5. sandpiperair - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    I’m sure Johnny Damon could have done this, too.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      For Damon, I think that’s a par 5.

    • Glenn - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      To be fair to Damon, he was a five tool player with a good arm until he had a bad injury (shoulder?) that ruined his arm before he ever made it to the big leagues.

      • twinfan24 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        I recall his arm was a noodle when he was playing in KC. I think he actually got a little better later and/or found out a way to make up for it. But, when in KC, teams would run on him all day.

      • Glenn - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        He hurt his arm in the minors.

  6. drewzducks - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    No big deal. Jacoby Ellsbury started from the exact same spot last year and was able to throw the ball over the Red Sox dugout.

  7. jimmywho14 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I’m sure Ben Revere could of started from the same spot and hit second base on the fly

  8. Marc - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Reminds me of the story where Zimmer wagered Duke Snider he couldn’t throw a ball out of the Coliseum, and then Duke ending up hurting his elbow on the silly bet. Stick to reporting dude, and stay away from challenging players to test the limits of their physical abilities outside of games.

  9. paperlions - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    If only he could hit a ball over the CF wall….

    • Jack Marshall - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Took the words right out of my mouth.

      • dejadoh - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Exactly. Without a bat, who really cares about arm strength.
        He’s throwing people out because our opponents are hitting the ball to a hole in the offense (they are surprised to find out he’s out there). If he doesn’t develop power and average asap, he needs to either become a great SS or put on the trade block.

  10. buster6670 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    That is how Nick Adenhart tore up his elbow his senior year in high school. RIP Nick.

  11. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    50 cent can make that throw too if he’s aiming at the monster.

  12. falstaffsmind - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The Sox used to have a guy named Dwight Evens that had one of the strongest arms I have ever seen and I doubt he could do that. But I agree with the announcer, it’s a good way to throw out your arm.

  13. solvingtornadoes - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Has he tried pitching?

    • jerze2387 - Jul 20, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      He hits like a pitcher so maybe he should try pitching

  14. chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Nice throw, Bradley. Don’t ever #$%&ing do it again.

    • sabatimus - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      My first thought when I saw it on the broadcast was “you keep doing that and you’re gonna blow your rotator cuff out”.

  15. scatterbrian - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    I was expecting more of an uproar over him completely missing the cutoff man.

  16. jrob23 - Jul 20, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    He was about 10 feet in front of home plate (to the side) and it went out at the 380 mark. It’s roughly a 370 foot throw. Very impressive. There can’t be more than a handful of people in the majors that can do that. Dwight Evans, as someone mentioned, is not even in the same neighborhood as this kid. I saw Dewey try to throw a runner out at 3rd from about 25 feet in front of the bullpen and he grunted like he was giving it all and it made it to about where the SS stands..or about 300 feet. This kid blew that away

    • hojo20 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Don’t forget the stands aren’t at ground level, so maybe another 10-15 feet on that estimated throw length.

    • sandpiperair - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      So are you saying that Dewey DIDN’T have a a good arm? Ridiculous.

    • sabatimus - Jul 21, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      1) Bradley did this in a non-game situation, so he had time to get loose and specially prepare for this throw and didn’t have to react to a ball being hit to him or the urgency of runners on base, or any number of other factors;

      2) Dewey had the best right-field arm I’ve ever seen out of a Sox player. And he was playing the hardest right field in the majors. He averaged over 8 RF assists per season, and he had as many at 15 RF assists in one season.

      Saying that Evans isn’t eve in the same neighborhood as Bradley is simply inaccurate.

    • Joe - Jul 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Pretty sure Dewey didn’t have that kind of run/crow-hop to set up his in-game throws. Dewey shot lasers from his right arm. Not to take anything away from Bradley, he’s legit.

  17. tbutler704 - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    I can throw a rock pretty far.

  18. hushbrother - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    He’s for real as a center fielder, no doubt. I hope his offensive game develops.

  19. clerkdante - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Odd that this talking head says “no one in the league is even close” when Bradley actually trails Oakland’s Cepspedes in assists.

    • edelmanfanclub - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      He may have been talking about Double Plays from an outfield, Bradley has 6. Next is a three way tie at 3. Bradley is 2nd in assists to YC. Cespedes has 12.

  20. worthy22 - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Remember 3B Scott Cooper having a great arm. Thought they said he could stand on home plate and throw over monster. Not as impressive as Jackie though.

  21. sulkaman - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I once threw out my back balancing a full plate at the Home Town Buffet.

  22. mjphoto45 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    I saw him in Omaha with CWS South Carolina warming up in left field. easily threw it from the warning track to past first base in front of the photo booth where I was standing.

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