Former MLB Pitcher Bobby Keppel Goes Behind the Back for Awesome Catch in Japan

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 15, 2013

Nothing gets past Bobby Keppel. 

At the very least, you will have a tough time getting a screaming line drive through the middle, because the pitcher has no problem going behind his back to get the out. 

The posted video filled with brilliant highlights was spotted over at the Big Lead by Stephen Douglas, who also reminds us Keppel served three years in the majors. 

The 31-year-old enjoyed brief stints with the Royals and the Rockies before pitching 54 innings for the Minnesota Twins back in 2009—a season that garnered a 4.83 ERA and four holds. 

In a sense, there wasn't a great deal to pique the interest of most baseball fans—until now. With one stab of the glove, Keppel has our attention once again. 

If you weren't already impressed by his reflexes, the slow-motion capture of the moment seems to show the pitcher ponder for a brief moment what to do with a line drive hit in his direction. 

He opts for the rare behind-the-back baseball catch, which should have pitchers around the globe trying out this move during PFP drills. 

As we stated before, the entire video is chockablock filled with stellar plays. By all means, take a gander at some dazzling web gems that build up to the epic catch. 

You basically have a few minutes of baseball players flying all over the field nabbing balls for your amusement. 

I especially enjoyed the shortstop at the :52 second mark who slid to make a grab before throwing out an unfortunate batter moments later. 

As for the rest of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, hit to anywhere on the field but up the middle when Keppel is pitching, because the man has perfected the fine art of fielding. 


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