May 29, 2023

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Catch of the year? We may have the front-runner

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ST. LOUIS — Michael A. Taylor defied both gravity and the wall blocking his way to make a seemingly impossible catch possible in the fifth inning of Monday afternoon’s game at Busch Stadium.

Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner got all of the fastball that Zack Greinke threw with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, crushing the pitch 411 feet and over the center-field wall. But instead of a home run, it was the inning-ending out thanks to Taylor’s brilliance.

The Gold Glove center fielder perfectly tracked the ball to the wall and over it, leaping and reaching with his glove to grab the ball before it landed in the bleachers. It was, by all accounts, a textbook home run robbery.

The catch was jaw-dropping enough to earn a smattering of applause from Cardinals fans, as well as a grin from Greinke.

Taylor routinely makes highlight-reel plays, but this was next-level theft, enough for Knizner to shake his head in disbelief as he headed into the dugout. The catch-of-the-year candidate kept the Royals’ within one run as Monday’s game headed to the sixth inning.

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