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Posted at 1:59 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Video: Danny Espinosa's Bazooka arm

By Dan Steinberg

If you think relayed outfield put-outs aren't important, you haven't been reading the print Post. Dave Sheinin devoted an entire game story to a 9-6-5 put-out this week.

But in case you don't like to read, here's a different relayed Nats put-out. It involves the pop-gun arm of Nyjer Morgan, and the Bazooka arm of Danny Espinosa.

And yes, this is Video Monday. No words. No real content. No thought. No originality. No justification of all those hours in the library reading Gogol and Lermontov, and trying to figure out whether 19th century Russian Nihilists were winking at all, or were actually serious. Just embed codes. Send your complaints to the ombudsman.

(Via Nats Nation)

By Dan Steinberg  | March 7, 2011; 1:59 PM ET
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Amazing, one of the greatest baseball plays I've ever seen.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | March 7, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't he our shortstop? There's no reason to waste that arm at 2nd.

Posted by: egoodman8 | March 7, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Wait, didn't he just prove that it's not wasted there?

(In truth, I get cha - but Desmond doesn't lack for a cannon either; its strength is not its problem.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 8, 2011 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Why does this continue to be called a 9-6-5 play when it seems to go from center field to the second baseman?

Posted by: markfromark | March 8, 2011 6:25 AM | Report abuse

mark, you are correct that this isn't a 9-6-5 but Steinberg doesn't claim that it is. If you read you can see that he is referring to Sheinin's article about the Harper play. This is a 8-4-2 FWIW.

Posted by: smirkman | March 8, 2011 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Adn Rizzo is wasting that killer arm at 2B while Desmond, a guy who has never gloved well as a SS on any level, is entrenched in the position that he is not capable of playing.

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Posted by: srteee | March 8, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

He made a play like this in a game last year. We were sitting right behind HP and you could tell that Pudge was actually shocked at how fast the ball got to him.
They claim Desmod has such great range and that's why he's at SS, but what difference does it make when you can't acurately throw it to first? I say make the switch.

Posted by: Kolchak | March 8, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Danny "The Human Highlight Reel" Espinosa is a real keeper. Practically every night he accomplishes two or more absolutely impossible plays. Who knows how many runs he will save us this year? Anything he does with his bat is pure gravy.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 8, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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