THROWING TO THIRD — There were a lot of great moments from the baseball diamond this weekend, including the Angels' stunning tribute to deceased pitcher Tyler Skaggs with a combined no-hitter that hadn't been done in the state of California since the day Skaggs was born.
Anaheim wasn’t the only highlight-fest this week, though.
Here are a few of our favorite moments, plus a reminder that football is right around the corner.
As always, click the video above for all of our favorite Great Clips of the Week.
Bryce Harper the Strong
We all know 26-year-old superstar Bryce Harper can hit — 200 career home runs, 583 RBI, and a .508 slugging percentage prove it.
But did you know he can throw, too?
Facing his former team, Harper tracked down Victor Robles’ hit that ricocheted off the outfield wall, then hurled it more than 300 feet as Robles tried to take third base. All he got was a lot of glove and another out.
Harper’s throw traveled 310 feet, according to Statcast, which would make it the longest tracked outfield assist in baseball in 2019 and the second-longest tracked outfield assist since the program’s debut in 2015.
The Phillies even did one better one night later, beating the Nats 4-3 on Maikel Franco's walk-off home run.
Last week's Great Clips:
Javy Baez the Impossible
The Cubs had plenty of highlights in their 10-4 win Saturday over the Pirates.
But they saved their best for last.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo finished the game in style with an impossibly perfect 6-4-3 double play you have to see to believe.
A little magic to end it. 🎩✨ pic.twitter.com/FBfperRUwY— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 13, 2019
Baez’s diving catch-and-flip, Russell’s barehanded snatch for the first out, and Rizzo’s scoop to end the inning (and the game) were all classic moments. Which was your favorite? We’re having a hard time choosing.
Leave your favorite moment in the comment section below.
Patrick Mahomes the Proficient
And finally, while we're still more than two months away from football season, but it’s never too early to start the hype train.
If you're a Kansas City Chiefs fan, tip the conductor well.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was caught by a local news helicopter throwing balls toward a trash can. But what made this throw different than the daily drill was that Mahomes was standing on the field — and the trash can was on the upper-deck concourse at Arrowhead Stadium.
So how’d he do?
The casual nature of the throw is impressive, as is the fact that Mahomes’ pass landed just a few feet away from a barrel (for which he may or may not have been aiming).
No word if the Chiefs have signed the barrel to a veteran’s minimum contract, though.