Javy Baez explains how he makes those magical no-look tags
|Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 3:15 PM- -|
El Mago knows magical defense.
Cubs shortstop Javier Baez produces some of the most jaw-dropping defensive plays with his cannon of an arm and his no-look tags that mystify baserunners.
His no-look tags aren't magic but something that he actually works hard at.
"Believe it or not," Báez said via Cubs insider Jordan Bastian, "I practice this."
"You've got to have a plan," he said. "I know my angles. I know where the runner's coming from. And, you know, it depends on the throw. I let the ball get really deep to the bag, pretty close to the bag."
Baez caught a throw made by catcher Willson Contreras and swiped a baserunner without even looking at him to the awe of Cubs fans everywhere in the win on Monday night.
Check out the play, in the following video:
This Javy tag is phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/SjEYk2zbJl— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) August 4, 2020