Derek Jeter played his final MLB season in 2014, ending it in glorious fashion to boot, but it appears that he will remain a prominent figure in professional sports in retirement. Given his long career and his reputation as a baseball lifer, that makes sense.
For a moment on Tuesday night, it looked like Oakland A’s left fielder Yoenis Cespedes had made a play destined for the blooper reel. In a lackluster effort, Cespedes booted the ball to the corner while trying to field an extra base hit off the bat of Mike Trout. This appeared to open the door for the Los Angeles Angels to score a run on the play, with Howie Kendrick looking to take an extra base.
But then something happened, and that something is not of this world.
Forget “throw of the year.” This is one of the best throws you will ever see, period. Observe the play Cespedes made to gun down Kendrick at the plate for the putout.
The calendar flipped to February and things looked grim for 33-year-old free agent James Shields. Even with his proven track record as a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher, and even with pitching-needy teams scattered across the MLB landscape, it appeared there was simply no market for Shields.