Oakland A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is a strong man, very strong.
With the A's and Los Angeles Angels deadlocked, 1-1, in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday night, Mike Trout sent a line drive into left field. Cespedes ranged to his right but misplayed the ball, sending it bouncing into the left-field corner. After a brief pause, Cespedes chased after the errant ball and it scooped it up. As he tracked Trout's hit, Howie Kendrick, who had been on first base, sped around the bases and was waved home.
At that point, something amazing happened.
The 28-year-old outfielder unleashed a jaw-dropping throw to home plate that reached A's catcher Derek Norris on the fly. Norris quickly applied a tag to Kendrick for an improbable and unforgettable out.
“If you hadn’t seen it, you probably wouldn’t have believed it,” A’s reliever Sean Doolittle said, via The San Francisco Chronicle, after his team lost 2-1 in the 14th inning. “Flat-footed, he threw it 325 feet on the fly, right to DeNo’s chest.”