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This is, without a doubt, THE defensive play of the year in Major League Baseball

July 30, 2021

Without Mike Trout in the lineup, the L.A. Angels are a one-man show right now, that one man being Shohei Ohtani. Other than the second coming of Babe Ruth, though, there is not much else good going on in Anaheim.

Thursday night was a particularly bad one for the Halos, as they were shutout 4-0 by the division-rival Oakland Athletics. There was, however, one highlight produced by veteran shortstop José Iglesias. 

In the top of the seventh, Oakland shortop Elvis Andrus check-swinged a chopper in Iglesias' direction. With an Athletics baserunner sprinting to second, Iglesias had no time to waste, so he fielded it and flipped it from his glove, backhand, without looking, for one of the more incredible plays you'll see this year, and perhaps ever:

Patrick Mahomes who? Holey moley what a freakin' flip. Nothing new for Iglesias, apparently:

Believe it or not, this man has never won a gold glove, though he did earn a spot in the 2015 All Star Game as a reserve. He seems like certified gold glove material with these kind of leather-flashing abilities.