Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez glove flips ball backward between legs for incredible putout

Baez snags 100.5 mph bullet, flips it with glove to get out at second base

Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez fields the ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds during the third inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio, The Associated Press 2022)

DETROITDetroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez made another incredible play Wednesday, glove-flipping a ball backward between his legs for a dazzling putout at second base.

With a runner on first base and one out in the top of the third inning, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds hit a 100.5 mph bullet up the middle. Baez dove to his right to knock the ball down, scooped it up with his glove and, without looking, flipped it through his legs like a center in football.

The ball went right to the glove of Jeimer Candelario, who was covering second base because the infield was shifted to the left side against Reynolds.

Instead of having two runners on base with only one out, Baez’s play helped Michael Pineda keep the game tied midway through the third inning.

You can see slow-motion video of the play below.

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