We're accustomed to Ramón Laureano doing incredible things with his arm. But on Sunday, the A's center fielder made one of the most incredible catches to rob the Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez of a two-run homer.
OMG THE GREATEST DOUBLE PLAY EVER pic.twitter.com/XZTtqL2kYN— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) April 21, 2019
That wasn't the end of the play, though. Laureano fired the ball back toward first base in an attempt to double off Justin Smoak. The throw sailed over past first base and almost went into the dugout, so Smoak tried to advance to second. That's when A's catcher Nick Hundley, who backed up the play in Oakland Coliseum's expansive foul territory, fielded the ball and threw to second to get Smoak.
It was such an incredible play that A's broadcaster Dallas Braden lost his mind as the action unfolded.
Before Sunday's game, A's manager Bob Melvin spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle about what Laureano is doing on defense.
“We’ve seen [Laureano] do some big things, and now his name is getting around the league," Melvin told The Chronicle's Ron Kroichick. "Maybe they don’t run on him and you keep the double play in order. A lot of things transpire because of [a good arm], not just on the plays where he is throwing out guys.”
Melvin's words were prophetic, as Laureano made something incredible happen with his arm after the catch.
Keep doing incredible things, Ramón. We're enjoying this.