On Monday, the SB Nation MLB awards voting got underway with the first category: Funniest Moment. It continued on Wednesday with Most Regrettable Moment. Both polls will remain open until November 16 if you haven't voted yet. Today, it's time for the next category: BEST ORIOLES DEFENSIVE PLAY OF THE YEAR.
Also on Wednesday, you nominated the plays that stuck out in your minds as the best. I've gone and narrowed them down to the ones you see below so we can vote on the best plays together. Make sure to check back later today to get in your nominations for the next category, BIGGEST ORIOLES HIT OF THE YEAR, for which voting will begin on Monday.
Now on to the choices.
THE MOMENT: Lough flies high
In April, when the Orioles were still incapable of beating the Royals, it was an Orioles outfielder (David Lough) who shut down Jarrod Dyson with a great play. Full extension, diagonal leap, it was a thing of beauty. See for yourself:
THE MOMENT: Human vacuum cleaner Manny Machado
Extra innings against the Angels in July. A scoreless game. Tommy Hunter hangs a curveball. Albert Pujols rips a ball down the third base line. It's okay. That's where Manny stands. No one could better sum up the play than Gary Thorne: "Ohhhh! Gotcha!"
THE MOMENT: Jones robs homer, gets double play
Any play where a player goes up over the fence to bring a home run back into the yard has a certain cool factor. Adam Jones made it look so easy that it almost didn't even seem dramatic. Then, some fool tried to tag from first to second on the play. That fool was destroyed.
THE MOMENT: Schoop's game-saving double play
In early September against the Reds, things got a little dicey in a one run game in the ninth inning. With one out, Reds runners were on first and third. Todd Frazier hit a weak chopper towards second. Jonathan Schoop had to charge the ball; he had no chance to throw to second and end the game, and he may not have been able to get the runner going third to home either. So he coolly tagged the runner heading from first to second, fired to first, and ended the game.
There was some doubt about whether Schoop tagged the runner. The Reds milled around waiting for a replay challenge while the Orioles grounds crew began their post-game field cleaning. The umpires confirmed it: The game was over. Good thing, too. There were no bases left on the field.
THE MOMENT: Flaherty, Schoop around the horn
The Orioles were not fortunate enough to have Machado in the playoffs this year, but if Ryan Flaherty is going to range far to his left, dive to grab a ball and fire to second to start a clutch double play, well... that was pretty cool. Also a key part of the play: The cannon attached to Schoop's arm, firing to first in time to retire the lumbering Miguel Cabrera, who only needs to ground into 117 more double plays to pass Cal Ripken for the all time lead.
Vote for your favorite of these moments below, and make sure to try to convince anyone undecided why they should vote for the one you like the most in the comments.