SweetSpot TV: Best plays of April
May, 1, 2014
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com
Eric and myself discuss two of my favorite plays from April -- one involving Andrelton Simmons and another where the Rays recorded a double play with both outs coming at home. You can see the plays in the video.
Here are a few more candidates -- some quirky, some spectacular -- with the link to the video.
April 4: Giancarlo Stanton blasts a 484-foot homer, the longest of the month.
April 9: David Ortiz breaks the previous "record" by nearly two seconds while taking 33.39 seconds to round the bases after a home run.
April 13: White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton robs David Murphy of a hit with a great jump and diving catch.
April 14: Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen fields a swinging bunt down the third-base line and gets the out.
April 17: The Yankees turn a triple play.
April 18: Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado literally knocks the cover off the ball.
April 21: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar runs a long way to catch a foul pop. (Ruben Tejeda and Daniel Murphy of the Mets turn a nice double play in that video as well.)
April 25: The Rays turn another unusual double play.
April 27: Orioles left fielder made three diving catches in a week, but this one was the best. Look how shallow he was playing.
April 30: A Reds fan snags a foul ball while holding his son.
Doug Wachter of Baseball Info Solutions helped with some recommendations on the defensive plays -- we were looking not just for plays that looked spectacular but were made where plays usually aren't. The Eaton catch may not look as fancy as some other diving catches, but few plays are made in that area of the field when factoring in the short time the ball was in the air.
In fact, two of the plays Doug recommended weren't even archived on MLB.com: Brett Gardner's diving catch on April 3 against the Astros and Adrian Gonzalez robbing Brandon Belt of a hit with a nice play up the line.