Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene has shown a flair for the dramatic over the course of his young Major League Baseball career, having already made several highlight-reel catches to rob the opposition of extra-base hits.
And he was back in action once again this afternoon at Comerica Park during his squad’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Not only did he blast the first pitch of the game into the stands which turned out to be the longest home run ever against Shohei Ohtani, but he prevented the visiting Angels from finding the scoresheet with an absolutely ridiculous grab in shallow center field.
And needless to say, the excitement of Bally Sports commentator Matt Shepard was well deserved.
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Riley Greene did it again with an amazing catch
“Being up here is awesome,” Riley Greene explained last month. “I haven’t really learned much, just trying to find a routine and sticking to it. With my outfield stuff, I’m doing some early work every day to get the glove moving.”
“I’m not the fastest guy out there,” Greene continued. “I’m quick, but I’m not fast, fast. I feel like getting the best jump I can get and getting the best route to the ball I can get is big for me, because I’m not going to kill them with speed out there.”
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch attested to Riley Greene’s quick decision making abilities, and chalks it up to the hard work that the outfielder puts in to prepare himself for game action.
“He started studying himself (in minor-league minicamp in February),” Hinch said. “If you watch his minor-league video, he goes back very, very well. That’s another key point. When you start fast, you can finish plays. When it takes you longer to read plays, you’re not going to get to as many balls. I’ve noticed Riley is pretty good at making a quick decision.”