For most players, simply making a diving stop like this would be impressive enough. Actually completing the play for an out at first base would be virtually impossible.
But Manny Machado ain’t most players. Manny Machado is a freak:
That arm, man. It’s crazy how casually he can position his body – he doesn’t even fully get to his feet – and still wing the ball with authority to first. And Chris Young getting down the line isn’t slow, either.
Here’s another look at the play in lovely GIF form so you can just enjoy it again and again:
Manny Machado’s here to remind you to hit it somewhere else. pic.twitter.com/dFLXuIPr1i
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) March 8, 2016