Turning a double play is a work of art. There’s nothing like two or three players being in sync, knowing exactly what they have to do to get two opposing runners out. And no first baseman does it better than the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt.
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In the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Goldschmidt flashed some of his impressive fielding skills by turning a 3-6-3 double play. With a hop off first base and a sick backhand scoop, Goldy beat the runner to second. He was then quick enough to get back and cover first base to get the batter out.
This type of double play is one of the harder ones to accomplish, but STACK spent a day with the 3-time MLB All-Star to find out how he’s so successful in these situations. “The No. 1 priority is getting the out at second base,” Goldschmidt says.
To find out more about Goldschmidt’s training and fielding technique, check out the video above. To watch the perfectly executed double play, view the video below.