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by: Esteban On  Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sometimes when a ball player comes to the plate he gets lucky, hitting a weak ground ball that somehow manages to trickle between a couple of infielders for a hit—a hit that counts just as much toward his batting average as a doubled ripped off the left-center field wall.

Other times a ball player ain’t so lucky.

Take Baltimore’s Vlad Guerrero last night, for example. He went 0 for 4 at the plate with 0 walks, dropping his batting average to .272 and his on-base percentage to .305. Of course, in the top of the 7th inning, he totally killed a pitch from Minnesota’s Carl Pavano. The ball shot like a rocket to the deepest part of the ballpark, but Minnesota center fielder Ben Revere tracked it down to make a spectacular running/leaping catch up against the wall, robbing Guerrero of extra bases.


This is absolutely, positively one of the best catches in baseball this season. Revere has to sprint to the wall while tracking the path of the ball by looking over his shoulder. Then all he does is make a brilliant Willie Mays-style over-the-shoulder catch as he plows into the wall.

At the end of the day, though, my mind comes back to Guerrero. If he had whiffed on the pitch and it dribbled out between the shortstop and third basemen, his average would have gone up a point.




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