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Tuesday, September 5, 2006
Baseball Tonight's All-Time Web Gems

ESPN Research

Over the last 30 days, Baseball Tonight has showcased the best defensive wizardry from every major league team. We've shown the top leaps and dives, twists and turns, snares and snags and other kinds of plays that have amazed and astounded.

Wednesday night at 10 (ET), we'll narrow those down even further, to select the best web gems of all time. Vote in our poll and compare your picks with those of our experts. Be sure to tune in and check it out.

Angels: Jim Edmonds makes an incredible diving catch with his back to the infield.
A's: Joe Rudi's leaping catch at the wall against Denis Menke in the 1972 World Series
Blue Jays: Buck Martinez breaks his leg, tags two men out at plate on same play.
Devil Rays: B.J. Upton, from third base, throws a batter out at first base while lying on his back.
Indians: One of many Kenny Lofton wall-climbing grabs to take away a home run.
Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his wrist as he leaps against the fence at the Kingdome in left-center field.
Orioles: Brooks Robinson's backhand play on Lee May's grounder from behind third base in 1970 World Series.
Rangers: Gary Matthews Jr. robs Mike Lamb of a home run during 2006 interleague play.
Red Sox: Coco Crisp makes game-saving diving catch to rob David Wright of an extra-base hit during 2006 interleague play.
Royals: Two Bo Jackson plays -- the first, a catch and subsequent run up the outfield wall; the second, a throw from the warning track to nail a runner at home plate.
Tigers: Willie Horton and Bill Freehan combine to nail Lou Brock at the plate in the 1968 World Series.
Twins: Kirby Puckett's leaping catch at the fence in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.
White Sox: Carlton Fisk tags out two Yankee runners in one play at the plate in August of 1985.
Yankees: Derek Jeter's backhand flip nails Jeremy Giambi at the plate and preserves Game 3 of the 2001 ALDS.
Astros: Lance Berkman climbs Tal's Hill and makes the over-the-shoulder basket catch falling down.
Braves: Otis Nixon climbs the wall to rob Andy Van Slyke of a home run in 1993.
Brewers: Robin Yount concludes Juan Nieves' no-hitter with a diving catch in center field.
Cardinals: Ozzie Smith makes a diving catch as he races into the outfield and tumbles over a teammate.
Cubs: Rick Monday rescues the American flag as it was about to be burned by a fan.
Diamondbacks: Steve Finley, the only Gold Glove winner in team history, takes away a home run with a leaping catch at the fence.
Dodgers: Kirk Gibson, in the rain, makes a full-extension diving catch to take away a potential hit in Game 3 of the 1988 NLCS.
Giants: Willie Mays makes an over-the-shoulder catch on Vic Wertz's long fly to center field in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
Marlins: Jeff Conine throws home to Ivan Rodriguez to toss out J.T. Snow at the plate and end the 2003 NLDS against the Giants.
Mets: Ron Swoboda makes a diving catch of Brook Robinson's flyball in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 1969 World Series.
Nationals: Rondell White, during his Expos days, makes a diving catch while crashing into the fence.
Padres: Ozzie Smith makes diving barehand stab, throws to first to get stunned batter Jeff Burroughs.
Phillies: Aaron Rowand's face plant and catch of Xavier Nady's fly ball to deep centerfield earlier this season.
Pirates: Brian Giles climbs wall, leans into stands, robs Brandon Phillips of home run to win "Web Gem of the Year" honors.
Reds: Ryan Freel goes all-out, diving headlong into the camera well, to make a catch.
Rockies: Jeff Cirillo takes away a hit with a great play and throw from foul territory at third base.

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