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Cespedes makes phenomenal throw that would impress Bo Jackson


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actually kind of a good article that compiles different sources and input, and esp Bo Jackson.

Yahoo articles tend to disappear after a little time, so it's good to quote anything you might want to read again:

After muffing Mike Trout's hit to left field, Yoenis Cespedes seemed on the verge of handing the Oakland Athletics opponent a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trying to take advantage, Howie Kendrick of theLos Angeles Angels raced around third base and appeared a sure bet to cross home plate and break a tie.

That's when Cespedes uncorked an astonishing throw, from about 310 feet away, that reached the mitt of catcher Derek Norris on the fly — and just in time for him to put the tag on a stunned Kendrick. 

Out at the plate!

Cespedes' throw seemed impossible, but it happened, and was perhaps the most impressive throw a major league outfielder has made since Bo Jackson's legendary BB at the Seattle Kingdome to nail Harold Reynolds at the plate in 1989.

Brandon Moss, the A's right fielder, also threw out a runner at the plate. But that play wasn't anything like what Cespedes did, A's manager Bob Melvin said:

"Cespedes's one, I mean, you don't expect something like that. We know he's got a great throwing arm. That's just a, heh, there just aren't too many guys in the game that are able to have that kind of arm strength to throw it the whole way on the fly. And, kind of, on the run and off balance."

Cespedes had saved the A's bacon at the moment, but not in the long run. Collin Cowgill homered in the bottom of the 14th to give the Angels a 2-1 victory. Why Cespedes couldn't scale the fence, jump into the bullpen and catch Cowgill's homer, nobody will ever explain.

oh, well in that case, i was less interested in those descriptions than the reference media:

though, technically i pasted what was relevant in the header (or what do we call that lead in section where images go?)

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~310 ft

"That would be about as far as Bo in '89, right?

Although more exist, no doubt, two other throws come to mind: Rick Ankiel against the Rockies in 2008...:

...And Jose Guillen, also against the Rockies, in 1998:

"Mutant throw," indeed. But Cespedes gets extra points for the timing and location."

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