Ramon Laureano

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Ramón Laureano

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Biographical Information[edit]

Shortly after making his major league debut with the Oakland Athletics, OF Ramon Laureano made the highlight reels around the country for an unbelievalble throw on August 11th. He first sprinted 76 feet at full speed to catch a fly ball off the bat of Justin Upton of the Los Angeles Angels, then made a throw clear across the field with pinpoint accuracy to double up Eric Young Jr. at first base. The ball traveled 321 feet on the fly from left field to first, according to Statcast. He quickly became a fixture in the A's lineup as they were battling for a postseason slot. On September 7th, he had the second two-homer game of his career in leading the A's to an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers, the first having come against those same Rangers on August 20th. That made him the first player in team history with two multi-homer games over his first 30 games. He hit .288 in 48 games, with 27 runs, 5 homers and 19 RBIs. He started in centerfield for the A's in the Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees on October 3rd and went 0 for 3 with a walk in a 7-2 loss.

He displayed his outstanding throwing arm again in an early-season series against the Boston Red Sox in April 2019. In a four-game series, he picked up three outfield assists, each one more impressive than the last. He was a huge factor in the A's winning three of the four games, and some observers began dubbing him "Laser Ramon", a reference to former wresting superstar "Razor Ramon". On April 21st, he added to his reel of highlight plays in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays as he robbed Teoscar Hernandez of a home run by reaching over the fence in the 2nd inning, then whirled around and threw to first base, where he overthrew the bag, but C Nick Hundley was backing up the play, and managed to throw out Justin Smoak at second base for a spectacular double play. On May 7th, he robbed Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds of a home run with a perfectly-timed leap over the centerfield fence at the Oakland Coliseum; it was a particularly important catch as it allowed Mike Fiers to pitch a no-hitter that day.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2019)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Martin Gallegos: "Laureano robs Votto of HR, preserves no-no: Profar also makes remarkable diving catch to aid Fiers' bid", mlb.com, May 8, 2019. [1]
  • Matt Kelly: "Laser Ramon strikes again with throw for A's", mlb.com, April 4, 2019. [2]

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