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Monday, March 20, 2017

Ranking top 10 homer-stealing catches

When I was a kid—and maybe you used to do something like this, too—we would practice making home run-robbing catches. It wasn’t exactly authentic. The walls were chain-link fences, and they were probably no more than four-feet high. And these weren’t actual home runs we were saving but were, instead, thrown balls. The idea was to throw the ball high enough to clear the chain-link fence and potentially end up in the Zepkin’s yard (where it might end up in the Zepkin granary of lost baseballs) but low enough to be caught by a fantastic play.


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What we found was that the key to an amazing home run saving catch is ... timing. I don’t mean timing on the fielder’s part, though that is certainly a part of it. No, I’m talking about overall timing. Everything has to be just right. The ball has to be hit at exactly the right launch angle. The fielder has to be in exactly the right position and get exactly the right kind of jump on the ball. A great home run catch is a perfect storm, precise clockwork. It’s a little miracle, really.

cardsfanboy Posted: March 20, 2017 at 03:40 PM | 39 comment(s)
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