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100 memorable second-half MLB plays

Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:47 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Wow, what a way to end the season. Wednesday night was quite a night, but it capped off what has already been a great season. To prove it, here are 100 plays that made baseball awesome yet again -- and they all happened in the second half of the season. Note that I'm using an actual half of the season, as the All-Star break happens during the second half. All teams had played at least 81 games by July 1, so that was the cut-off.

Here are 100 of the most memorable plays in baseball since the end of June.

All videos are via MLB.com.

CLINCHES
Phillies - (9/14) Roy Halladay spins a shutout and the Phillies clinch (Watch)
Brewers - (9/23) Ryan Braun comes through big and the Brewers watch the Cardinals lose to clinch the Central (Watch).
Cardinals - (9/28) They won and watched the Braves lose to take home the NL wild card (Watch).
Diamondbacks - (9/23) Arizona wins its first division title since 2007 (Watch).
Yankees - (9/21) Sweep a doubleheader and clinch the East (Watch).
Tigers - (9/16) The Tigers clinched their first division title since 1987. Check it out.



Rangers - (9/23) The Rangers win and then watch the Angels lose from Rangers Ballpark to win their second consecutive AL West title.
Rays - (9/28) You remember this one (Watch).

COLLAPSES
9/28: Craig Kimbrel blows save, as Braves go on to lose.
9/28: Hunter Pence knocks in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, eventually beating the Braves.
9/28: Robert Andino singles home winning run for Orioles, Red Sox blow wild card (Watch).
9/24: Cubs closer Carlos Marmol gives the Cardinals the game. See below



9/19: Chipper Jones loses ball in lights, Kimbrel blows save (Watch).
8/10: Royals lose lead on Sam Fuld triple, lose game on error (Watch).

COMING UP CLUTCH
9/28: Evan Longoria hits a walk-off homer, sending the Rays back to the playoffs (Watch).
9/28: Dan Johnson homers to tie the game when Rays were down to their final strike.
9/28: Longoria hits a three-run bomb to cut the Yankees' lead to one.
9/28: Chris Carpenter throws a two-hit shutout to help propel the Cardinals into the playoffs.
9/27: Ryan Roberts of the Diamondbacks hits a walk-off grand slam and channels his inner Kirk Gibson around the bases (Watch).
9/25: Jacoby Ellsbury keeps Red Sox hopes alive with a three-run homer (Watch).
9/25: Rafael Furcal puts the Cardinals up late with a home run (Watch). 
9/13: Possible MVP Ryan Braun hits a walk-off in the 11th (Watch).
9/10: Alex Rios connects on a walk-off grand slam (Watch).
9/5: Blue Jays star rookie Brett Lawrie quite enjoys his first career walk-off. See below.



8/19: Ryan Zimmerman gives the Nats a walk-off win with a grand slam (Watch).
8/16: Brian Bogusevic hits a walk-off grand slam for the Astros (Watch).
7/25: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis' first career hit is a walk-off winner.
7/12: Prince Fielder helps the NL win the All-Star Game -- which could matter to his Brewers ... (Watch).
7/7: Travis Hafner comes through with a walk-off grand slam (Watch).

HISTORY
9/19: Mariano Rivera sets the MLB record for saves with 602 (Watch).
8/31: Kimbrel sets rookie record for single-season saves (Watch).
8/26: MVP candidate Matt Kemp becomes the second Dodgers player ever to join the 30/30 club (Watch).
8/25: Yankees hit three grand slams in one game (Watch).
8/22: Who is the first second baseman ever to have five 30-homer seasons? Nope, not Ryne Sandberg or Jeff Kent. It's Dan Uggla (Watch).
8/15: Jim Thome becomes the eighth man in baseball history with 600 home runs (Watch).
8/7: Michael Young becomes first Ranger collect his 2,000th career hit in their uniform (Watch). 
7/27: Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter, yet still allowed a run (Watch).
7/24: Angels rookie Mike Trout hits his first of surely many major-league home runs (Watch).
7/9: Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit was also a home run (Watch).

BOMBS AWAY
9/23: Jim Thome homers to tie the game on the night he was honored by the team (Watch).
9/19: Mike Stanton does what Mike Stanton does: Kills the ball (Watch).
9/19: Justin Upton is so powerful he hits a home run as his bat shatters. The D-Backs won 1-0 (Watch).
9/12: Reds Juan Francisco tortures a baseball (Watch).
9/9: Logan Morrison sends one into the river (Watch).
8/29: Royals rookie catcher Salvador Perez hits his first career homer (Watch).
8/25: D-Backs rookie Paul Goldschmidt goes way deep in Washington (Watch).
8/23: Brandon Allen of the A's ... well, just watch:



8/7: Orioles' third baseman Mark Reynolds sends one 450 feet (Watch).
8/2: Tyler Colvin says ball, meet river (Watch).
7/30: Prince Fielder sends a moonshot up into Miller Park's stands (Watch).
7/27: Justin Upton sends one to the third deck at San Diego (Watch).
7/19: Lance Berkman hits the Shea Bridge in Citi Field (Watch).
7/17: Jason Giambi with a colossal shot into the upper tank (Watch).
7/4: Pablo Sandoval does his Barry Bonds impression (Watch).

YOU'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE
8/28: Rick Ankiel shows off his cannon and nails a runner trying for third (Watch).
8/21: Austin Jackson gets Kosuke Fukudome at home to end the game. Incredible. Check it out:



8/7: Jeff Francoeur makes a ridiculous throw to nail Jhonny Peralta at third. See below:



7/12: Hunter Pence saves the All-Star Game for the NL, helping to win home-field advantage in the World Series. Little did he know it would matter to him just a few weeks later, as he joined the Phillies (Watch).

GLOVE WORK
9/27: Rays turn a triple play to get out of a bases-loaded, no out situation (Watch).
9/27: Desmond Jennings sprawls out to rob Derek Jeter of extra bases (Watch).
9/18: Justin Christian dives in stands to catch foul ball (Watch).
9/9: Royals Jeff Franceour robs Mariners Dustin Ackley of a home run (Watch).
8/24: Andino bare hands a ball in foul territory (Watch).
8/22: Twins center fielder Ben Revere goes over the shoulder as he jumps into the wall. See below:



8/18: Freddie Freeman makes a catch over the tarp (Watch).
8/16: Red Sox turn three (Watch).
8/15: Brewers get three as well (Watch).
8/13: John Lannan goes with the glove scoop to get Ryan Howard at home (Watch).
8/6: Austin Jackson robs Alex Gordon of a home run (Watch).
8/5: Trayvon Robinson brings back a possible Torii Hunter homer (Watch). 
7/24: Chris Denorfia robs Raul Ibanez of a possible home run (Watch).

INSIDE-THE-PARK FUN
9/23: Craig Gentry's first career homer is an inside-the-parker (Watch).
9/19: Jacoby Ellsbury gets around the bases for a homer (Watch).
8/31: OK, so he didn't complete the job, but Ryan Braun's attempt at an inside-the-park homer is a must-watch:



8/21: Curtis Granderson extends the Yankees lead with a home run, though it didn't leave the yard (Watch).
8/20: Astros rookie Jose Altuve's first career homer stayed in the park (Watch).
8/5: Cubs speedster Tony Campana gets around the bases so fast you won't believe it. See below, but don't blink or you'll miss it.



7/26: Chase Utley caps his inside-the-park homer with a great head-first dive into home (Watch).

FUNNY/QUIRKY/ODDITIES
9/24: Giants second baseman Mike Fontenot runs into the umpire ... note getting hurt isn't funny, so this is an "oddity." (Watch)
9/3: Nationals pitcher Tom Milone hits a three-run homer in his first career at-bat (Watch).
8/24: Stanton makes catch and flips over the rail (Watch).
8/17: David Wright with the deke job on Cameron Maybin to end the inning. Here it is:



8/17: Umpires botch a home run call for Royals' DH Billy Butler even after reviewing it on video (Watch).
8/6: Alcides Escobar badly overthrows first, but a lucky carom off the wall gets an out anyway (Watch).
8/3: Dontrelle Willis might be a better hitter than pitcher (Watch).
8/2: Yadier Molina is really not a fan of Rob Drake's strike call (Watch).
7/31: Carlos Guillen pimps a home run, Jered Weaver doesn't quite enjoy it (Watch).
7/26: 19-inning game between Braves and Pirates ends in controversy (Watch).
7/26: Orlando Hudson forgets how many outs there are, throws live ball into the crowd (Watch). 
7/22: Ozzie being Ozzie in the White Sox dugout (Watch).
7/17: Sean Rodriguez hits the ceiling with a foul ball and the turf at Tropicana Field is littered with glass afterward (Watch).
7/15: Ben Revere is so fast he fell down, did a somersault on his way to third and still tripled. Check it out:



7/9: Dodgers go from being no-hit to winning the game in just two batters (Watch).
7/4: Aaron Crow gives White Sox a "balk-off" win. So it was a clutch at-bat by Adam Dunn, right? Check it out:



7/4: Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcum hits a grand slam for his first major-league homer (Watch).
7/1: Four Rays ejected in a matter of minutes (Watch).

COMING HOME
9/6: Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg returns to the hill after a one-year absence (Watch).
9/3: Pirates first baseman Derrek Lee buries his old ballclub with a ninth-inning grand slam (Watch).
8/27: Jim Thome's first home run since re-joining the Indians (Watch).
8/12: Vernon Wells returns to Toronto and sends the first pitch he sees into the seats (Watch).

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:38 pm
 

100 memorable second-half MLB plays

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:14 pm
 

100 memorable second-half MLB plays

that's not even my favorite upton broken-bat moment -- i'll go with justin's broken-bat homer. that was sick

i also gave matt a hard time for not putting up francoeur throwing out someone at first, but as he said, that's why he said 'of the most'

-- ctr 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:48 pm
 

100 memorable second-half MLB plays

BJ Upton's broken bat hit through Marco Scutaro didn't make the FUNNY/QUIRKY/ODDITIES section??
The Rays have carried around the partial bat around for luck ever since.


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