Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Top 5 Prettiest Plays

Following last night's post on the prettiest play in baseball, my imaginary inbox has virtually overflowed with opinions. Let me set the record straight about the top 5 prettiest plays:

1. This has already been covered; it's the 3-6-1 DP with Micky Lolich on the mound. I once saw him hit a triple and thought that Lou Brock could have circled the bases two times before Micky lumbered into third.

2. Clearly, the second prettiest play is the 1-2-6 strike-em-out throw-em-out double play.

3. Our top offensive entry on the list is the hit and run with a right handed hitter grounding through the hole vacated by a 2nd baseman covering the steal.

4. I always love the bases loaded double play on an infield grounder that leads to a force play at home and a throw-out at first. I guess the 5-2-3 is the prettiest.

5. Duh, it's the suicide squeeze. But only when it works.

There you have it. No need to email me your pablum about run-downs and pick-offs and triple plays; they are all interesting but rarely pretty.


  1. Anonymous4/22/2009

    Personally I like the 3-2-3...maybe the batter is running inside the baseline a bit.

    The prettiest offensive play is an out that bounces off the speaker at Tropicana field. Reminds me of kids play and a plastic golf ball, bouncing off house siding, onto a porch, and caught for an out. Magical... JD

  2. Jeff Ryer4/22/2009

    A little less time watching sports and you might get a chance to catch up on all the deferred maintenance for the crappy built house you call home!!

  3. There's no 'pretty' in baseball.