We’ve seen some great catches this season around Major League Baseball, but it would be hard to find one better than Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson’s spectacular grab against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
In the sixth inning of what would be a 5-1 loss to the Rangers, David Murphy lofted a foul ball to the left of third base. As Donaldson ran after it, the ball drifted closer and closer to the tarp that is rolled up right next to the front row seats in foul territory.
Then, in a fearless move, Donaldson dove headfirst into the tarp, stuck his glove up and miraculously caught the ball and hung on to it. Umpire Phil Cuzzi was right there to make the call as Donaldson held his glove up with the ball inside it.
Here is video of the play:
Donaldson has undoubtedly been a huge part of the A’s success this season, both offensively and defensively. He is hitting .290 with 19 home runs and 77 RBI in 135 games. He has excelled as the A’s everyday third baseman, which is even more amazing considering that he converted to third base from catcher just a year ago.
But then again, just a year ago, Donaldson was a nobody, a career minor leaguer who was getting a chance to play with the A’s, and look where he is now.
Catch of the year? You bet.