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Ten of baseball’s most astounding outfield throws. | SportsonEarth.com

Some good plays here. As great as they are, all outfield arms must line up behind Ellis Valentine.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:34 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4723869)
Jose Guillen throwing out Neifi Perez. That brings back a lot of bad memories for us Royals fans.
   2. Greg K Posted: June 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4723911)
Rick Ankiel could have solved all his control issues if he was just allowed to pitch from CF.
   3. Squash Posted: June 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4723953)
No Bo vs. Harold Reynolds. It's actually kind of difficult to find a good video of that throw - I went searching for it before and the only video I was able to find was one that is all chopped up with TV editing so you can't really see what's going on.
   4. Flynn Posted: June 12, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4724026)
No Jesse Barfield?
   5. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: June 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4724030)
No Jesse Barfield?


Not only was Barfield excluded, his exclusion wasn't mentioned as the author did with Ellis and Evans.

For strength and accuracy, Barfield had no peer in my baseball-watching experience.
   6. Flynn Posted: June 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4724038)
MLB on YouTube has several Barfield clips, which after the hype from the Bill James abstract, I was excited to see. I'd never seen Barfield before - he retired in 1992, which was the first baseball season I remember in any detail, only playing 30 games that year.

Boy did he ever live up to the hype. The Cespedes throw was amazing, but Barfield would have had that on a line from left field rather than as a looping arc.
   7. Dock Ellis Posted: June 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4724039)
No Bo vs. Harold Reynolds. It's actually kind of difficult to find a good video of that throw - I went searching for it before and the only video I was able to find was one that is all chopped up with TV editing so you can't really see what's going on.

I said the same thing when I was looking for that throw to show an office mate just this morning. Even on the 30-for-30, it's not great. I'm not sure if perfect footage for that throw even exists.
   8. dr. scott Posted: June 12, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4724067)
I read recently "We'll never have good footage of the Bo Jackson throw", so lots of folks agree that its impossible to find. but as with old film footage I'm sure it will pop up in the cellar of some septuagenarian's Swiss chateau in 20 years.
   9. Batman Posted: June 12, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4724110)
Posnanski wrote about the Cespedes and Bo throws and that the lack of good footage of Bo's adds to the legend.
   10. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 12, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4724147)
For strength and accuracy, Barfield had no peer in my baseball-watching experience.
I'm with SoSH on this. Barfield threw nothing but frozen ropes right at his target's chest. I've never seen a greater arm, and I don't know that's it's possible for someone to be better than Barfield.
   11. winnipegwhip Posted: June 12, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4724233)
I used to rate a Vlad throw at Shea as the greatest OF throw ever. But the Ellis Valentine throw at the 3:20 mark of that video is superior.

And yes, any list without Jesse Barfield fails.
   12. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4724249)
Jose Guillen throwing out Neifi Perez. That brings back a lot of bad memories for us Royals fans.


I have a distinct memory of seeing that throw live, and just completely losing my ####.

Guillen was a hell of a talent. It's hard not to wonder how good he could have been if he'd come up on a team with a decent instructional staff, or if he hadn't been rushed to the majors so early.
   13. gehrig97 Posted: June 12, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4724303)
But the Ellis Valentine throw at the 3:20 mark of that video is superior.


Holeee shiiite... what a throw.
   14. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4724310)
Rick Ankiel could have solved all his control issues if he was just allowed to pitch from CF.

Where's the Ankiel throw from the outfield wall at Coors?
   15. Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 12, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4724362)
Holy #### that Valentine throw is something else. As he let it go I thought "oh, that's going to second base,what's the big deal?" But to hit third on a line from where he was...
   16. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 12, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4724391)
I've been told tales of Barfield's arm by my father, but he retired when I was 12 so I don't really remember it.

Someone above mentioned videos on YouTube, but I can't find them. Any help?
   17. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: June 12, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4724407)
Someone above mentioned videos on YouTube, but I can't find them. Any help?


Here's a few.

Pretty much everyone in Toronto who followed baseball while Barfield was in town has a story about his arm.
   18. tfbg9 Posted: June 12, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4724408)
But to hit third on a line from where he was...


Watch it again. Another fielder catches it between 2nd and third and relays the ball quickly to the 3rd baseman, who tags the runner out. I didn't see it myself
until I stopped and started the video a few times.
   19. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: June 12, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4724414)
Good catch Teddy.
   20. tfbg9 Posted: June 12, 2014 at 05:39 PM (#4724446)
Thanks.

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