Which Catcher's Catch Was A Better Catch?

Steven Baron's catch reminiscent of Tony Sanchez

Jim Colony
February 28, 2019 - 3:35 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - When Pirates catching hopeful Steven Baron stumbled over buckets and through chairs down the Twins dugout steps to catch - and hold onto - Mitch Garver's foul pop-up it brought oohs and ahhs and applause from fans, teammates and adversaries alike, including this superlative from his appreciative pitcher, Mitch Keller.

"The greatest catch I've ever seen," Keller exclaimed.  Of course, Keller is only 22 years old so his experience is limited but Clint Hurdle - who has been in professional baseball for 44 years - didn't really disagree. "That's a great catch I've seen a catcher make," Hurdle said, "And in a spring training game!"

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Steven Baron makes a catch in foul territory

Hurdle also immediately thought of the catch Tony Sanchez made in a game at PNC Park against the Padres in 2013 when he leaned over the dugout railing, fell head first several feet to the floor and still hung onto the ball.


 

So which catch was better?  Sanchez made his during a pennant race in September while Baron's was in the first week of the pre-season but there is no question that both are fun to watch - over and over.