Athletics: Top Five Plays of the 2019 Season
3. Ramon Laureano home run robbery double play, April 21 vs Toronto
In a little over a year, Ramon Laureano has endeared himself to Oakland Athletics’ fans and his teammates for his all-out play, and Ramon Laureano’s arm has embedded itself as one of the most singularly dangerous weapons in MLB.
If his absurd running catch and throw from center against the Angels in 2018 wasn’t enough to scare you, his open to 2019 was more than enough to stop teams from running on Laureano.
But this play was maybe the most purely spectacular play by an A’s player in 2019, ignoring context.
Laureano ran out and robbed a home run in left-center before launching a rocket into the infield that ended up being an 8-2-4 double play. He showed off all the Laureano tools: speed in the outfield, spacial awareness, bounce at the wall, hand-eye coordination, a preposterous arm, and an overthrow because with Laureano you have to take a little bit of bad to outweigh the insane amount of good.