The PLAY OF THE WEEK is determined by Major League Baseball, in association with the official Player of the Week Awards. The official press release, beginning in 2019, now includes a Play of the Week, an honor that we've preserved on Baseball Almanac.
"At this rate, the MLB Play of the Week Award presented by W.B. Mason is soon going to be renamed after Lorenzo Cain ." - Thomas Harrigan on MLB.com (04/29/2019, Here's how Cain made another Play of the Week , Source )
The Official Major League Baseball Play of the Week
The Brewers were one out away from an Opening Day victory when Cardinals slugger Jose Martinez launched a fly ball that threatened to tie the game. That’s when Lorenzo Cain intervened, making a spectacular grab to rob Martinez and end the contest.
All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa claimed last week’s Play of the Week honors. With two outs in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Texas Rangers, Correa made a diving stop up the middle before throwing Nomar Mazara out at first and saving a run.
All-Star third baseman Manny Machado claimed last week’s Play of the Week honors. With the Padres leading 2-1 and nobody out in the top of the eighth inning, Machado made an incredible backhanded play followed by a seemingly effortless throw across the diamond to nab Carson Kelly and prevent the Diamondbacks from mounting a rally.
Dynamic outfielder Ramón Laureano claimed last week’s Play of the Week honors. In the top of the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays, Laureano ranged back to make a reaching catch over the wall to rob Teoscar Hernández of a home run. After a huge throw by Laureano, the A’s ultimately doubled up Justin Smoak at first base to get out of the inning unscathed.
Two-time All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain became the first Major Leaguer to earn multiple Play of the Week honors in 2019, previously doing so for this season’s Opening Week. In the bottom of the second inning of Friday night’s game at Citi Field, Cain ranged back to deep right-center field, jumped and reached over the wall to rob Todd Frazier of the New York Mets of a home run.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar claimed last week’s Play of the Week honors. With the Reds leading 5-1 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, Pillar scaled the centerfield wall to take away a potential home run from Reds rookie Nick Senzel, which would have been the first of his career.
2018 Gold Glove Award recipient Jackie Bradley Jr. earned his first Play of the Week honor with a home-run robbing catch of Orioles slugger Trey Mancini. In the bottom of the 11th inning in a 1-1 game, Bradley ranged back to left-center field to climb the wall and come up with the sensational catch, preventing a walk-off homer. The Red Sox ultimately won the contest 2-1.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning of Sunday's game at Great American Ball Park, Puig ranged into foul territory before reaching into the stands along the foul line and making a tremendous catch.
In the top of the eighth inning during Sunday afternoon's game at Nationals Park, Rendon made a tremendous diving stop on a sharply hit ball down the third base line before firing across the diamond to record the out.
In the bottom of the first inning during Wednesday night's game at Tropicana Field, the 27-year-old ranged back to deep left-center field before making a fully-extended diving catch at the warning track.
In the bottom of the sixth inning during Saturday night's game at Minute Maid Park, Santander ranged back to make a home-run saving catch and then fired to first base to double-up Michael Brantley and end the inning. Propelled by Anthony's heroics, the Orioles held on for the 4-1 victory.
In the bottom of the fifth inning during Tuesday night's game at Guaranteed Rate Field, Robles sprinted back to deep left-center field before making a fully-extended diving catch on the warning track and robbing Leury Garcia of an extra-base hit.
In the top of the third inning of last night's game at Busch Stadium, Wong fielded a ground ball hit up the middle by using his glove to push the ball to shortstop Paul DeJong, who stepped on the base before firing over to first to complete the double play.
In the top of the third inning of Saturday afternoon's game at Comerica Park, Jones ranged back to deep left-center field before climbing the outfield wall and robbing Victor Robles of a home run.
In the bottom of the 10th inning of a two-run game during Saturday night's tilt at Petco Park, Markakis ranged back to deep right field before making an acrobatic catch and robbing Francisco Mejia of an extra-base hit.
In the bottom of the first inning of Thursday night's tilt at Chase Field, Cain ranged back to deep right-center field before making a leaping catch at the wall and robbing Eduardo Escobar of a home run.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning of a topsy-turvy 14-12 game, Hicks ranged back to deep left-center field to make a fully- extended diving catch and seal the Yankees win in a thriller. Earlier, Hicks clubbed a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 12-11 lead.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning, Stroman charged a slow-rolling grounder hit towards the third base side before making a barehanded play and throwing the runner out at home.
In the bottom of the fourth inning during Tuesday's tilt against the Baltimore Orioles, Tauchman tracked down a fly ball and leaped at the wall to rob Pedro Severino of a home run.
In the top of the sixth inning during Thursday's tilt against the New York Mets, Acuna tracked down a fly ball and leaped at the wall to rob J.D. Davis of a home run.
In the top of the fourth inning during Thursday's game against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field, Davis robbed Greg Allen of an extra-base hit with an over-the-shoulder grab as he raced back towards the left-field wall.
In the bottom of the third inning during Wednesday's tilt against the Los Angeles Angels, DeShields tracked down a flyball and leaped at the center-field wall to take a home run away from Brian Goodwin.
With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning of a two-run game on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, Mercado raced back to deep-center field to make an impressive catch and keep the Indians ahead by two runs.
With two outs in the top of the second inning in Saturday night's home tilt against the Boston Red Sox, Franco made a backhanded stop on a sharply hit ball before making a jump-throw across the diamond to retire Christian V'zquez.
With one out in the top of the fourth inning in Thursday night's home tilt against the Toronto Blue Jays, Hays ranged back to deep right-center field before leaping at the wall and robbing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of a home run.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of a tied contest in yesterday's tilt against the Boston Red Sox, Wilkerson ranged back to deep right field before leaping at the wall to rob Jackie Bradley Jr. of a home run.
The inaugural winner of the MLB Play of the Week was Lorenzo Cain , whose catch preserved the Opening Day victory for his Milwaukee Brewers.
The top defensive gem is an honor recognized by W.B. Mason, in association with Major League Baseball, designed solely to recognize the best defensive play across the entire league. The winner is annouced via MLB Network each week.
Did you know that when Lorenzo Cain earned the MLB Player of Week on May 5, 2019, he became the first two-time recipient?