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Austin Jackson’s Amazing Catch and the Catch Rule

Indians’ center fielder Austin Jackson arguably made one of the greatest catches in baseball history, when the Red Sox hosted the Indians on Aug. 1.  I’m sure you have seen this spectacular catch by now. The play occurred in the fifth inning, when Hanley Ramirez drilled a pitch from Indians’ reliever Dan Otero to deep center, where the ball appeared destined for Boston’s bullpen. Jackson sprinted to his left, closed in on the short wall in center…

Indians’ center fielder Austin Jackson arguably made one of the greatest catches in baseball history, when the Red Sox hosted the Indians on Aug. 1.  I’m sure you have seen this spectacular catch by now. The play occurred in the fifth inning, when Hanley Ramirez drilled a pitch from Indians’ reliever Dan Otero to deep center, where the ball appeared destined for Boston’s bullpen. Jackson sprinted to his left, closed in on the short wall in center…

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...a catch. Intentionally opening the glove to make the transfer is now the criterion used to define the completion of a catch under normal circumstances.

 

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