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Dodgers News: AJ Pollock’s Thrilling HR Robbery Earns Play of the Week Honors



At this point, we’re starting to wonder if the Dodgers severely underpaid AJ Pollock. The veteran outfielder has been a model of consistency for the 2021 season and continues to hit at one of the best clips of his career. 

But it’s a defensive play from AJ that had all of baseball talking this past week. In the first game of the series against the Padres, AJ went up over the leftfield wall and took one away from Manny Machado. That play kept the Dodgers’ lead intact and they went on to win and eventually sweep the series. 

The funny thing is that it came just a few days after he severely misjudged a Pete Alonson homerun. The Dodgers outfielder spoke about how that changed up his approach from robbing Manny. 

I was thinking of the last time I tried to rob a homer and embarrassed myself. I kinda saw that it was carrying a little bit and I didn’t want to jump late like I did last time and run into the wall. The timing was right and I was able to make the grab.

Pollock would also go on to drive in a pair of runs late in the game which proved to be the difference-maker in that game. The following night, he blasted a 2-run shot in the 16th inning to give the Dodgers the win. 

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So while he may not be known for his defense, Pollock now has a Play of the Week to his name. Let’s hope he’s got a few more of these in him to go along with that very good bat. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. If I was setting the rotation for the next seven days for this extremely important week, I would not pitch Scherzer in the Atlanta series and have him start in S F on Friday on extra rest. A win in SF is a 2 game swing with less than 30 games left at that point. Then Urias and Buehler will also be the SF series. I would use a bullpen game on Wednesday against Atlanta or bring up Jackson to start the game. Also rosters expand to 28 on Wednesday and more pitchers can be brought up to facilitate that game from the minors. I realize all games are important to win, but time is running out to win the division and there will be no more games left against SF after Sunday, I’m not the manager or GM, but that’s what I would do. What would you do?

  2. in other news the Dodgers won last night!!! Belli didn’t start, Kenley didn’t pitch and the Dodgers picked up a game on the gnats!

    • In respect to the article, how’s about some kudos to Pollock. That was voted Play of the Week and it couldn’t come @ a better time of the game against Machado. It was only justice after one was stolen from AJ. Pollock haven’t had much recognition for his performance and is justly overdue. Good for him!

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