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Matt Kemp made a spectacular catch in the sun and then tried to walk on ball three

You have to admit, Matt Kemp's spinning catch in the second inning of Sunday's Padres-Rockies game was pretty impressive. Staring up into the sun, he lost track of Chad Bettis' popup -- making even the announcers think he was going to miss it -- and then recovered at the last second, pulling the ball in for the final out of the inning.

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As good as it was, however, I'm not entirely sure it earned Kemp the three-ball walk that he tried to take in the top of the third. 

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After losing track of the count (3-1) and jogging toward first base, Kemp was called back to finish his at-bat. Alas, he ended up striking out on the next two pitches and in the end, the Padres fell to the Rockies, 6-3.

If only there was a rule that stipulated truly spectacular catches could reduce the number of balls it takes to draw a walk at the plate, things might've turned out differently for Kemp on Sunday. 

There isn't -- but it was worth a try, at least.