Plays of the Year: Where Does Ben Revere’s Catch Rank?

Ben Revere set the bar for defense very high very early on in the season, making this catch against the Cincinnati Reds:

But there were quite a few impressive plays made by other defenders throughout the year, creating competition for the best defensive play of 2013.

For example, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado turned this lump of coal into a diamond at Yankee Stadium on July 7:

Brewers center fielder made a game-saving and game-ending catch against the Reds, robbing Joey Votto of a home run:

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias made a play reminiscent of Tadahito Iguchi (video) with an acrobatic flip to first base:

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons turned what was destined to be an infield single deep in the hole between third and short into an out:

Best defensive play of the year?

  • Ben Revere’s grab against the Reds (62%, 85 Votes)
  • Jose Iglesias’ flip (17%, 23 Votes)
  • Carlos Gomez’s game-ending catch (11%, 15 Votes)
  • Manny Machado’s long throw against the Yankees (9%, 12 Votes)
  • Andrelton Simmons’ play in the hole (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Other (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 138

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5 comments

  1. Mike B.

    October 31, 2013 11:49 PM

    I’ve seen Jimmy Rollins make that Simmons play dozens of times over the years. The Gomez catch…meh. He had plenty of time to stand there and time his jump.

  2. Mike B.

    October 31, 2013 11:53 PM

    Machado’s throw was impressive, but I’ve seem Scott Rolen make that play before. Iglesias’s throw was nice, but eh. Revere’s catch stands up to all of them.

  3. TheBadgerine

    October 31, 2013 11:55 PM

    I just want the Phillies to win something, so I voted for Revere.

  4. Austin

    November 01, 2013 08:21 AM

    The Revere and Machado plays were only so impressive because they first made the play harder than it had to be (Revere took a bad route, Machado booted the ball a bit). Gomez had plenty of time to get his jump right. Simmons play was good, but it didn’t have the wow factor of Iglesias.

  5. Francisco (FC)

    November 01, 2013 03:20 PM

    What are you talking about? Clearly the Revere play is the most impressive. The guy catches the ball, gets up, throws it to himself in order to cutoff the throw and then follows up with another toss to himself at first to get the out! Dude is amazing and has a great number to boot, 42.

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