It’s only Opening Day but Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes made a play that could be a play of the year candidate.
Yoenis Cespedes came to the Detroit Tigers in an offseason trade from the Boston Red Sox for Rick Porcello to join his third team in less than six months after he was traded by the Oakland A’s and looks like he’s already comfortable in his new city and new stadium.
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It is easy to be a prisoner of the moment and it is only Opening Day, but Cespedes may have already made one of the best defensive plays we’re going to see all season.
He ran back full speed to the wall and leaped in the air to take away a home run and his starting pitcher, David Price was awfully relieved to see him bounce off the wall with the ball in his glove and keep the ball in the park.
You can check out the play by Cespedes and the reaction from Price in the Vine below, courtesy of MLB.
Yes, I am fully aware we are going to see dozens more plays where an outfielder rises up, scales the outfield wall and robs a hitter of a home run, but this was something special.
Calling it the play of the year is very, very premature, so let’s just call it the first candidate for the play of the year.
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