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Jose Altuve makes over-the-shoulder-sliding catch and lives to play another day

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Jose Altuve makes a fine defensive play in shallow right fielder and lives to play another day.

Bob Levey

In the seventh inning of the Astros vs. Rangers game, Jose Altuve went out into shallow right field to make a an over-the-shoulder-sliding catch.

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As you may have noticed Alex Presley was coming in hard and thankfully slide into Altuve instead of spearing or running him over. I would like to nominate Jimmy Paredes being waived by the Astros as the best move of the offseason so far. If it was Parades instead of Alex Presley in right field, Altuve would be dead right now or at the very least seriously injured.

If you're unfamiliar with Jimmy Pareds allow me to enlighten you.

Paredes runs into Altuve.

And then he runs into Jake Elmore to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a walk-off win.

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It's worth noting that the Miami Marlins were the ones to claim Paredes from the Astros on November 4, 2013. He was then picked up February 15, 2014, on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. Then he was picked up February 17, 2014, on waivers by the Kansas City Royals. He's currently playing with the Royals Class AAA club the Omaha Storm Chasers and doing quite well for himself. He is listed as the only third basemen by the Royals and not an outfielder.

Well played Royals. Well played.