Giménez gets assist from runner on bizarre caught stealing

May 9th, 2023

CLEVELAND -- Andrés Giménez won an American League Gold Glove last year for a reason, and he made sure to remind everyone of that on Monday night in a 6-2 loss to the Tigers at Progressive Field.

Giménez had two highlight-reel-worthy plays in the first two innings of the series opener against Detroit at Progressive Field. First, he backhanded a ground ball up the middle, robbing Riley Greene of a hit, then slid the ball to Amed Rosario to get the force out at second base by simply flicking it out of his glove. Then, in the second inning, he made an impressive tag on a stolen-base attempt -- but this time, he needed to credit Akil Baddoo with an assist.

With Miguel Cabrera at the plate, Baddoo took off on an 0-1 fastball from Tanner Bibee. popped out of his crouch behind the plate and fired a throw that was slightly out of Giménez’s reach. But as Baddoo slid into the bag, the ball struck him just below the belt and ricocheted into Giménez’s glove.

"I felt like I needed air,” Baddoo said. “It hit me in an uncomfortable spot. Just needed to catch my breath a little bit."

Giménez needed a combination of quick hands and perfect positioning to corral the deflection, catching the ball off Baddoo and making the tag for the out without even needing to move his glove.