VINTAGE VIDEO: Rey Ordonez's relay throw from his knees

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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Before there was Jose Iglesias, there was Rey Ordonez, the was original all-glove, no-hit Cuban shorstop. He played for the Mets from 1996-2002 (and later the Devil Rays and Cubs), and in his first very MLB game, he made this spectacular relay throw from his knees to cut a run down at the plate:

After the game, then-Cardinals shortstop and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith told reporters "I can definitely say he is the second-coming of me." That is some seriously high praise from a guy who knows a thing or two about shortstop defense.

I remember watching this game live during the days but I wasn't reminded of Ordonez's throw until tonight, when played it as part of a promo. I'm glad they did. What a throw.

(h/t @djshort for finding the video)

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