2019 MLB Play of the Week

Major League Baseball Play of the Week in 2019

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 )
2019 MLB Play of the Week

The Official Major League Baseball Play of the Week

Date / Week

Play of the Week (Team)

Date of Play
03-25 — 03-31
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.

04-01 — 04-07

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.

04-08 — 04-14

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.

04-15 — 04-21

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.

04-22 — 04-28

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.

04-29 — 05-05


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.

05-06 — 05-12


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.

05-13 — 05-19


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.

05-20 — 05-26


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.

05-27 — 06-02


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.

06-03 — 06-09


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.

06-10 — 06-16

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 García of
an extra-base hit.

06-17 — 06-23

Not Yet Determined (n/a)


06-24 — 06-30

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.

07-01 — 07-07

All-Star Week (n/a)


07-08 — 07-14

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.

07-15 — 07-21

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.
07-22 — 07-28
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

07-29 — 08-04


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.

08-05 — 08-11

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


08-12 — 08-18

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


08-19 — 08-25

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


08-26 — 09-01

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


09-02 — 09-08

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


09-09 — 09-15

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


09-16 — 09-22
Not Yet Announced (n/a)

09-23 — 09-29

Not Yet Announced (n/a)


Date / Week

Play of the Week (Team)

Date of Play

2019 MLB Play of the Week | Baseball Awards Menu

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?
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