Describe One Of Your Best Defensive Plays

ImminentDanger

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Describe (with some detail) your best defensive play.

For instance:

I was pitching. The batters were hitting some middle shots left & right of me and they were getting thru.

So, on a right hand batter, I pitched him outside, expecting him to take it backside to right field. Just to cover the middle, I started to head for 1st base after releasing the ball.

Well, instead of hitting right field, he shot it up the middle. I was mid-stride when the ball slammed into my left thigh, midway between my knee & the jewels.

Since I was moving, my right leg was coming forward and trapped the ball between my legs.

I picked the ball out of my legs for an out on the batter and then threw the ball to 1st base for a double-play.

That left a wicked bruise on my thigh, but I was happy that I turned the double-play since I was going to be black & blue for awhile.

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etnstudios

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playing first base as a righty. ball hit just to my right. backhand the ball and throw over second hoping short was coming to the bag. continue spinning to the right to end up going towards first and get to the bag just in time to turn and find the ball coming from second for the double play. i know i barely saw where i was throwing the ball and have no idea how i saw it coming back at me at first. couldn't do it that perfectly again if we tried 100 times.
 

ImminentDanger

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I always had trouble making double plays when I was at 2nd or 1st. Good for you.

I sometimes played 1st Base for a senior team. Whenever there was a runner on 1st, I always played an extra 10ft deeper and slightly more off the line. Then I called the play to be 2nd Base since I was playing back. It worked well that way and I got very few hits my way since I was covering more territory back that 10ft. Only if there was a really hard hit right down the line would I have trouble reaching it.

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TheKid33

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well I’m basically a full time DH now but main position was always 2nd base. Turned a lot of double plays, had a really good quick transfer (still do haha).. but my absolute favorite play that stands out is back in 2017. A ball was hit up the middle on the second base side. I played deep with 2 outs and a slow runner at bat. Fast runner on 1st. I dove and fielded it cleanly behind the bag, but was completely laid out on my stomach. I grabbed the ball from my glove and pushed myself up and threw the ball as best I could to the bag and got the runner by a step to end the inning. Idk if it’s my best play ever but it’s the one I remember at first thought.

Another one, was as the catcher in a tournament. Cut off man threw the ball home and the bad throw was over my head and to the right, but I read it right away and ended up catching it like 10 feet behind the plate. The runner was coming home and I knew he wasn’t going to slide, and I did not feel like getting into a collision and risking losing the ball or getting hurt.. so I slid across home plate and tagged him on his feet as he jumped over me. The other team was livid. Ump told them he didn’t slide so it was my right to avoid the collision and try to get the out. Next inning another play at the plate and another guy tries to slide this time and I got him easy. After that they held a few runners at third who would have scored in my opinion. I won defensive player of the tournament because of it lol.
 

defos

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I played SS for many years, and made a lot of plays I shouldn't have been able to make. I could cover a lot of ground to my right, but not so much to my left, so I shaded well toward 2nd. (Some time later in my "career" that reversed, and I don't know why.) On this play the ball was hit in the 5-6 hole, and I took off. I remember seeing I was going to get a nice bounce and field the ball thigh high on the run, and thinking "Then what am I going to do?" I remember the ball going in my glove, and the next thing I was aware of was the ball rolling off my fingertips. If I could have reached out and pulled it back, I would have because I was sure I had launched into right field. I had fielded the ball, planted my foot, spun, and thrown the ball submarine- style all in one motion without thought. I ended up running backwards into left field. I found the ball, and realized that aside from it being 20-25' in the air, it was right on target. It was so high, and dropped so sharply, the 1st baseman couldn't do anything but wait for it to come down. He caught it right above the button on his cap standing straight up on 1st. As he caught the ball, I realized I hadn't seen the runner, and thought maybe he had already rounded first and was headed for second. Nope. The throw beat him to 1st for the out, and everyone on both teams and all the spectators busted up laughing. I thought he had to have fallen down, but their pitcher said he was just that slow getting to 1st.
 

stang7222

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Bases loaded 2 outs and i'm playing LC on a field with a 4' fence. Guys hits a hanging line drive type ball to straight away CF. I have a bead on it but I'm running out of room. The very second the RC tells me it's gone, I jump while running full speed. At the top of my jump the ball hits my glove at the same time I hit the top of the fence about mid-thigh. I catch the ball and land on the top rail of the fence. A few teammates and guys on the other team said it was the best catch they ever saw baseball, softball, MLB... I didn't see a thing.

Coincidently, my second best defensive play was a full on Superman type diving catch in which I landed on my throwing hand breaking 3 bones, against the same batter.
 

UncleMosk

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Going back to 2005. Joined a local town squad who was looking to beat the young bar team in the league. Was actually a one year deal since I left a team I did enjoy playing with but was asked to jump to beat this rival bar team. The other guys understood my decision and gave me the thumbs up as long as I returned the next season. Anyways...

We do get to finals against the young team bottom 7th game three. Up 6 to 4 with one man on 1st base. A sharp line drive is hit to our RF who makes a diving stab for it. The runner on one bolts to second thinking its going to drop. RF catches ball in which the runner now tries to get back to first base. RF throws a lawn dart to me @ 1st that bounces to my right. To see a 300 lb, 36 year old do a ballerina split to catch the ball on the bounce hold the bag for the inning ending double play and Chip win. To this day when I see some of of those old chaps they remind me of that pick and the sight!
 
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ImminentDanger

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Sometimes the best response is to be COOL and act like you've been there before...

But the fireworks are always going off in my head when I get one directly at me.
That one was aimed for my heart... :mad:

( 5/10th second of evaluation -- 2/10th second of reflective response )

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blakcherry329

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i see the first guy no helmet but the next batter has one. that normal for modified?
My modified leagues play with the F12 Clinchers, not even the Clincher Gold. So, after playing against the much harder White Dudleys(back in the day) and the Yellow balls, Clinchers don't really pose a threat, imo. Plus, in modified, the pitcher has a lot more control of where the batter can hit the ball with authority, again, imo.
Having said that, some pitchers will where the fielding mask, but no helmets. I do wear my LAX helmet when I fill in my friend's modified league. They use the Clincher Gold which is a step or two below the 52/300 and Classic M's, but much harder than the F12.
 

etnstudios

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My modified leagues play with the F12 Clinchers, not even the Clincher Gold. So, after playing against the much harder White Dudleys(back in the day) and the Yellow balls, Clinchers don't really pose a threat, imo. Plus, in modified, the pitcher has a lot more control of where the batter can hit the ball with authority, again, imo.
Having said that, some pitchers will where the fielding mask, but no helmets. I do wear my LAX helmet when I fill in my friend's modified league. They use the Clincher Gold which is a step or two below the 52/300 and Classic M's, but much harder than the F12.
i meant the batters
 

defos

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I've caught a number of those no-time-to-think liners at 3rd. The last one, in October, was past me when I caught it. I never show any reaction after the catch. It's all over and done so fast. The exception was one hit right at my face. I saw it leave the bat, and then 18" from my face. Everyone thought it knocked me down, but in trying to catch it and get out of the way at the same time, I twisted and lost my balance after the catch. Scared the batter and his teammates, so I had to assure everyone I was ok. He and I subbed for opposing teams following that game, and he went oppo every at bat - probably out of respect, but mostly out of fear I wouldn't catch the next one.
 
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