It’s impressive enough to double up a runner with a 321-foot throw, but to do it by throwing out the runner at first base?
A’s center fielder Ramon Laureano did just that in Saturday night’s 7-0 victory against the Angels.
In the third inning, Laureano tracked down a drive from Justin Upton at the warning track in the left-center field gap, running 76 feet in 4.4 seconds, according to MLB.com.
After slamming on the brakes, Laureano turned and fired a strike on the fly to first baseman Mark Canha to double up Eric Young Jr., who had rounded second base when the ball was caught.
“The catch, I know I’ve made it before, but the throw is pretty crazy,” Laureano said after the game. “It was a crazy play, a crazy moment. I was shocked.”
So were his teammates.
“That’s the best throw I’ve ever seen,” A’s shortstop Marcus Semien said, “at least the farthest throw I’ve ever seen on the line.”
According to Statcast, the throw was clocked at 91.2 mph.
A’s outfielders have a recent history of making ridiculous throws against the Angels, specifically former Oakland outfielder Yoenis Céspedes.
Remember this one from June 10, 2014? The victim then was Howie Kendrick.