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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Was This Really A Great Catch By Juan Lagares Or A Bad Route To The Ball?

I don't think this catch is as great as people think. And it certainly isn't as good as Willie Mays' catch.  It's a pretty good catch I'll give him that.  But it could have been a much easier catch if he took a better route to the ball.

It reminds me of people losing their shit when Andruw Jones was making all of those diving catches.  In many cases he would make a bad read on the ball off of the bat and in other cases he would clearly slowdown to dive for it.

So Juan Lagares made a pretty good catch, but stop comparing it to Willie Mays.  This dude's first few steps set him up for this.