Gotta Catch ‘Em All! The Top MLB Catches Of the 1st Half
If you're just awakening from a two decade coma, or have been otherwise Internet challenged over the same time period, you may discover not much has changed when it comes to latest fad.
The international phenomenon known as Pokemon, which rose to prominence in the late 90's, is enjoying revitalized prosperity, with the introduction of the new mobile app/game Pokemon Go, using augmented reality to allow players to become real-life Pokemon trainers.
Lost in the Poke-chaos is the end of the first half of the MLB season, which wrapped up with Tuesday night's All-Star Game festivities. In conjunction with our new Pokemon overlords, we keep up with Pokemon's famous "Gotta Catch 'Em All!" slogan and recap the best catches thus far on the 2016 MLB season....
10) Jake Peavy
Who said baseball is boring? Even the catcher's throwback to the pitcher is exciting! An unsuspecting Peavy made a no-look catch on the throw back from his catcher Buster Posey, who does make a nice throw. Sure, Posey does bank the ball precisely into his teammate's glove on a perfect throw, but apparently no-look catches aren't just for the Warriors anymore in the Bay Area.
9) Phillies Dad
Normally, it's Kevin Pillar who's making spectacular catches (more on him later). But this time, he was the victim of a spectacular catch, and it didn't even come from someone on the field. Pillar's foul ball in the opening frame of Toronto's visit to Philadelphia landed in the waiting palm of a dad carrying his daughter in his other hand. Sign him up!
8) Kevin Pillar
While 2016 may now be the year of Pokemon, it's also the year of the superhero movie, seeing how we've been treated to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Pillar channels his inner Man of Steel on this diving catch, robbing Yankees C Austin Romine of a base hit.
7) Alex Gordon
Either Alex Gordon really wanted to catch this Justin Upton blast, or there was a rare Pokemon at the warning track. Either way, the Royals outfielder channels another Gordon, Jeff, by revving his engine and turning up the speed to track down this potential extra base hit.
6) Kevin Pillar
Keeping up with the superhero theme, Pillar now channels Mr. Fantastic (or perhaps Elastigirl?) with this amazing out, stretching his glove out to rob Minnesota's Brian Dozier of an extra base hit, and possibly saving a run in the process in this visit to Target Field.
5) Twins Ball Boy
Thus far, the Twins' season has been more gruesome than a season of Fargo, except this time no Solverson police officers are going to be there to stop it. However, that doesn't stop them from making some headlines the right way, with this quick thinking ballboy saving fans from injury when Joey Rickard's screaming foul ball came streaking towards them. Jeez!
4) Melvin Upton Jr.
When it comes to the Upton surname, Melvin is not going to be the first name that comes to mind, a title that more than likely goes to SI covergirl and future Mrs. Justin Verlander, Kate. However, this catch/home run robbery/double play in a June tilt with the Orioles is certainly worthy of a magazine cover. As famous...San Diegan?...Ron Burgundy would say...I'm not even mad that's amazing!
3) Kevin Pillar
Much like all the Rattatas and Pidgeys you keep running into, you just can't avoid Kevin Pillar on this list! Pillar made sure he made an impact from the very first game of the season, making this diving catch to prevent an extra base hit in Toronto's Opening Day tilt with Tampa Bay.
2) Juan Lagares
With his New York Mets up 11-1 on the Philadelphia Phillies, a three run home run would not have made much of a difference. But that mattered not to Lagares who, perhaps oddly satisfied by all the ones in the run column, made a spectacular run and leap to rob Maikel Franco of a homer, ending the 8th inning.
1) Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez gets the put-out on this crazy catch, but much like Pokemon Go itself, it's just more fun with your friends. Potential disaster is averted on a foul ball of the bat of Nationals P Joe Ross, as the ball first grazes off the glove of Chase Utley before landing at the hip of Gonzalez, who gets the ball before it hits the ground.
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