You pick which Iglesias no-look grab is best

June 16th, 2021

The details won't show up in the scorecard, but Angels shortstop made two catches that were anything but routine early in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to the A's at Oakland Coliseum.

With the infield shifted to the right side against lefty-hitting A's DH Mitch Moreland in the second, Iglesias had to cover a ton of ground to reach Moreland's fly ball to shallow left field. Fighting the bright early afternoon sun, Iglesias had to turn his back to the play and make a last-ditch, no-look stab with his glove as the ball careened downward. Somehow, it ended up in his mitt for one of the most eye-popping plays of the season so far.

"That's who he is, man," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "Weirdly, something popped up on my screen maybe yesterday or the day before with him making a really wild catch in Detroit a couple years ago. He did that thing with his hand at the very end. And there it was again. Very difficult stuff."

An inning later, Iglesias made another theatrical grab, this time racing 102 feet, past third baseman Phil Gosselin, to foul ground for a no-look windmill grab, retiring Tony Kemp to end the frame. Not to be outdone by his first catch, Iglesias again ended up on the grass.

"He had a lot of room to navigate," Maddon said. "And that room actually helps you. You're not worried about running into anything, but it was pretty spectacular."