Neil Walker used an unusually fortunate deflection and quick reflexes to record an out
Walker had only been a first baseman for 39 of his 1,173 career games entering 2019, but it looks like the lion's share of his appearances in 2019 with the Marlins will be at first. So, he'll undoubtedly take any break he gets.
For example, take the top of the third inning of the Marlins' Sunday afternoon game against the Rockies.
The center fielder hit a screaming liner to Walker's left. With a slide, he kicked the ball up into the air. On most days, that would've been enough for a hit, but the baseball gods intervened:
Somehow, the ball deflected right to Walker himself, who was then able to flip to pitcher
We'll chalk this circus play up as an old dog learning new tricks. Nice going, Neil.
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.