Fun moment last night in Toronto, as Blue Jays first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr., who’s the reigning American League Gold Glover at his position, fielded a grounder, got the ball stuck in his webbing, and completed the play by tossing his entire glove to the pitcher covering first.
Guerrero is the sixth player I’m aware of to secure an out in this manner. Here are the other five:
Sept. 3, 1986: Giants pitcher Terry Mulholland fields a grounder, tosses his glove to get the out at first:
June 5, 1999: Yankees pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez fields a grounder, tosses his glove — overhand! — to get the out at first (I was watching on TV when this one happened and was pretty stunned):
May 3, 2014: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu fields a grounder, tosses his glove to get the out at first:
April 19, 2015: Cubs pitcher Jon Lester fields a grounder, tosses his glove to get the out at first:
July 16, 2017: White Sox pitcher Derek Holland fields a grounder behind his back, tosses his glove to get the out at first:
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Are there other examples of players throwing their gloves with the ball stuck inside? If you know of any, please post them in the comments. (Let’s not include players throwing their glove at a batted ball, as that’s a separate category. Thanks!)
ITEM! A Deep Dive on the Creamsicles
As you probably know, the Buccaneers are finally reviving their creamsicle throwback uniforms this fall. You may also think you know everything you need to know about this uni set, but do you really? For this week’s Premium article over on Substack, I’ve done a deep dive on the creamsicles (similar to the treatment I gave the Broncos’ 1997 set a few weeks ago), and I even learned something new myself along the way!
You can read the first part of the article here. In order to read the entire thing, you’ll need to become a paying subscriber to my Substack (which will also give you full access to my Substack/Bulletin archives). My thanks, as always, for your consideration.
Thanks to everyone who sent kind thoughts yesterday about Uni Watch girl mascot Caitlin. Yesterday’s visit to the vet didn’t really resolve anything, but at least I learned that she’s not right at death’s door, which I had feared. She’s definitely not well, though, and I’m pretty sure she’s not very happy or comfortable. We’re trying some new meds, so that may help. If not, I may soon have some hard decisions to make. Here’s hoping it doesn’t come to that, at least not for a while.
Can of the Day (with a uni connection!)
As soon as I saw this can, I thought, “That ‘P’ looks like the old Phillies logo!” Too bad the can is red instead of maroon.