Here’s one you won’t see every day.
The American League Central-leading Minnesota Twins turned the second triple play of the MLB season Monday night against the New York Yankees, and Man, was it a thing of beauty!
In the top of the first inning, the Yankees were off to a hot start when DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge walked to put runners on first and second. Next up was Edwin Encarnacion, who was certainly looking drive in a run or three.
Instead Encarnacion slapped a grounder down the third base line to Twins’ third baseman Luis Arraez, who stepped on the bag and quickly tossed the ball to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who fired an off-balance strike to first baseman Miguel Sano to complete the picture-perfect 5-4-3 triple play. Triple plays are rare enough in the big leagues, but more times than not, when they occur, it’s because someone made a mistake somewhere along the line. But this one by the Twins is just perfect defensive execution.
The only other team to complete a triple play so far this season is the Chicago White Sox, who accomplished the feat May 23 against the Astros. The White Sox’s play was a near carbon copy of how the Twins turned three on Monday.
The first step in pulling off a flawless play in the field is setting up in a ready position that allows you to be balanced and move quickly in any direction to react to the baseball. Check out how MLB All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa improved his ready position this season to make himself an even better fielder than he already was.
Check out the links below to other articles on STACK.com for info on how to improve your defense in the field and start turning triple plays like a Major Leaguer.
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