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Top 9 best defensive plays by the Royals in 2015

As manager Ned Yost watched, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon received their Gold Gloves before Friday’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on April 17, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium.
As manager Ned Yost watched, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon received their Gold Gloves before Friday’s baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on April 17, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium. jsleezer@kcstar.com

It’s that time of year when when we all look back at 2015 and honor the best and worst.

I’ll be rolling out some best-of lists during the next week or so. Why not start by taking a look at the best defensive plays turned in by the Royals during a season in which they won the World Series?

Here are nine of the best.

Any list of great defensive plays is going to include Lorenzo Cain, right? Here he is stealing an extra-base hit from a stunned Carlos Beltran.

Salvador Perez made a wonderful play to get this out. Perez is just so quick:

Third baseman Mike Moustakas also made a diving catch in foul territory on a ball he had no business reaching.

Eric Hosmer made this look way easier than it was during the American League Championship Series.

Here’s another from ALCS, this time from Alcides Escobar, who turned a double play on a ball that would have been an RBI single.

Here is Escobar again, this time against the White Sox during a game in July in which he made at least three incredible plays:

One day after Alex Gordon was injured, Jarrod Dyson made a dazzling over-the-shoulder catch and started a double play.

We may never again see Gordon in a Royals uniform, but his defensive prowess will never be forgotten. Remember this play early in the season in Chicago?

For all the ridicule that was directed at second baseman Omar Infante, he did team up with Escobar for a huge play in late July in Cleveland. Just your average 4-6-3 out.

In my opinion, that was the best play of the year by the Royals.

Here is Denny Matthews' call of Lorenzo Cain scoring from first base on a single by Eric Hosmer in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS. Audio courtesy of the Royals Radio Network.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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