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Laureano on Céspedes comparison: He's in 'league of his own'

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  • Programming note: Watch the full "All A's" interview with Ramón Laureano on Friday, July 23 after "A's Postgame Live" at approximately 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

When Ramón Laureano throws from center field, it’s a treat to watch for everyone. 

Everyone except the runner trying to advance, of course.

In a way, it reminds you of what former Athletics outfielder Yoenis Céspedes used to do. So much so, some have put the two side-by-side with their dynamic throws.

But the two couldn’t be further apart as individuals. Especially if you ask Laureano.  

“From what I’ve seen, he’s in a league of his own,” Laureano said on the latest episode of “All A’s.”

When the A’s signed Cespedes back in 2012, it was a signing that likely left all of the other clubs envious. The product from Cuba drew viral buzz after a workout video showed the future MLB star doing a 45-inch box jump and 1,300-pound leg press.

To this day, A’s manager Bob Melvin still is asked about the phenom who roamed the Oakland Coliseum outfield for three seasons. 

Laureano saw a lot of those moments on tape, but knows you can’t replicate it.

“His highlights are incredible,” Laureano said. “He’s hitting, his power, I don’t think you can copy that stuff. He’s in a league of his own when he was playing. I wouldn’t compare myself to him because he was so good.”

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Laureano remains humble as usual when talking about the comparisons that have happened before.      

“He’s so legit,” Laureano added.