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Sunday, April 26, 2015

VIDEO: Watch Iglesias' ridiculous over-the-shoulder catch vs. the Indians

DETROIT >> His double play partner thinks he’d have a good career in the circus, if he didn’t have a gig in baseball.

But nothing Jose Iglesias does anymore fazes Ian Kinsler.

Not even the ridiculous, last-second snatch of a pop up to left field he made in the ninth inning of Sunday afternoon’s, trying to avoid running into left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.

“I don’t know what the heck he was doing. All he had to do was turn around. Run a little harder and catch it over his head, like a normal player,” Kinsler joked, causing one of the reporters around him to quip that Iglesias isn’t normal.

“No, he’s not normal. You’re right. I’m just glad he caught it.”

So is manager Brad Ausmus.

“I’d rather not see it again, quite frankly. I’d rather somebody be camped out underneath it,” the manager joked. “But he’s got some extraordinary skills, and some of the best hands the game has seen.”

Kinsler insists that it’s not necessarily showing off.

“No, I don’t think he does. I just think that’s his style. I’ve seen him practice that play. He practices going over his head, going up and catching the ball, backwards like that. He works on it,” Kinsler said. “If you see a guy work on stuff like that, you can’t say much. And he caught it, so there’s not much to say.”

On the play, Iglesias was running at a full sprint to left field, trying to flag down a pop fly off the bat of Aviles. Cespedes was closing in from left as well, but just sheared off at the last moment to avoid a collision, while Iglesias reached out with his glove at the last second to snag the ball chest-high.

“That was something special. I’ve seen that done one other time, with Brandon Phillips,” Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis said. “Guys that are just aware of their surroundings.”


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