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The past few games in the series between the Angels and Athletics have shone a bright spotlight on outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — or more specifically, his superhuman arm.

In the first video, Cespedes lasers a throw to nab Howie Kendrick at the plate to keep the game tied at 1 in the 8th inning. In the second clip, he fires another perfect throw to nail Albert Pujols trying to stretch a double into a triple.

''Throwing it right on the money from a long way away on the fly was the only way he was going to get him, and he did it again. He never ceases to amaze.”
— A's manager Bob Melvin, on Cespedes throwing Pujols out

Does Cespedes intentionally fumble the ball to bait runners into trying for extra bases? Or is he vying to surpass Yasiel Puig and Mike Trout for the Strongest Arm in the West title? One thing is sure, if he keeps indiscriminately launching rockets, even bespectacled Colonel Saunders look-a-likes will need to take cover.


California has a long history of showcasing baseball’s best young arms. Check out this newspaper clipping featuring Rocky Colavito in San Diego circa 1956.

Rocky Colavito tries for the longest baseball throw