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Video: Yasiel Puig’s 10 greatest catches

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By Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig is day to day after hitting the wall in an all-out attempt to reel in Jeff Baker’s game-winning drive Sunday for Miami. Though he didn’t make the catch, it was a spectacular effort, and hardly the first time the spiritual descendant of Pete Reiser has gone mano-a-fenco or thrown his body into a spectacular catch.

Below, I’ve compiled what I believe to be the 10 greatest catches of Puig’s 11-month Major League career. It’s a pretty nice highlight reel in a short amount of time — especially because I’ve saved the throws for another day.


10) September 11, 2013
The countdown begins with five diving catches.
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9) September 29, 2013
Puig comes a long way in right field to make this grab.
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8) September 14, 2013
Diving was a September specialty for Puig. This one comes with the twist of a nice long run from center field.
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7) August 2, 2013
Showing off his groundstrokes like a Wimbledon champ, Puig has nice forehand extension on this dive …
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6) August 3, 2013
… and comes right back a day later with his backhand.
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5) July 3, 2013
Here’s our first wall crash of the bunch.
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4) July 22, 2013
And they only get to be more punishing.
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3) June 23, 2013
Not sure how Andre Ethier feels about this one, which could have clotheslined him, but it’s amazing to see.
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2) April 17, 2013
Though I’ve only ranked this third, this might be the most unforgettable. Coming one play his drop of a routine fly renewed the intense scrutiny he receives, Puig came back with this twisting, not-to-be-believed circus catch in San Francisco.
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1) July 19, 2013
Where did he go? Puig disappears into foul territory off camera, and only after another angle on the replay can we see the magic.
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Postscript: June 27, 2013
As was the case Sunday, it’s not always about whether Puig makes the catch, but also the times he makes you gasp even when he doesn’t come up with the ball.
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  1. 14hodges

    Thanks for posting these! Way to hustle, #66! I think making a catch that nobody thinks you will make is the greatest feeling in the game.

  2. how about the ‘catch’ he made off the wall in foul territory? Not sure which ballpark it was. It wasn’t an out, but great eye-hand coordination anyway

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