Joc Pederson practices the kind of sprinting catch he made Sunday
Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson may not be stealing as many bases in the majors as he did in the minors, but he sure does steal a lot of runs. Earlier this week Pederson made a catch to rob a home run. On Sunday Pederson made a catch to steal a win from the Padres. With the Padres batting and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Upton hit a ball deep to center field with runners on base. It looked to be the game-winning hit until Pederson raced back to make an over-the-shoulder catch and crash into the wall.
According to ESPN’s Mark Saxon, sometimes he practices making that kind of catch:
After the game, Pederson actually downplayed the difficulty of the catch. "The harder one is the line drive over your head, but it's up there for difficulty,” he said.
(h/t ESPN LA)
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He practices picking up a ball off the bat, putting down his head and sprinting to a spot on the field he thinks the ball will land, then turning around at the last minute to catch it.