GIF: Maldonado hits cover off ball, Alvarez throws it to first anyway

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This is something I have never ever seen before.

On Friday night, Brewers backup catcher Martin Maldonado literally hit the cover off the baseball on a ground ball to third. Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez scooped up the grounder and, with the cover flapping in the air, fired it over to first:

That ball had no chance to get across the diamond. The cover was basically a giant sail slowing the thing down.

Baseball can be pretty cool sometimes.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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