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VIDEO: Royals Turn Double Play on Hardest-Hit Ball of Statcast Era

Devon Platana
The Kansas City Royals turned a double play on the hardest-hit ball of the StatCast Era.
The Kansas City Royals turned a double play on the hardest-hit ball of the StatCast Era. / Scott Kane/Getty Images
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It's no secret that New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is one of the hardest hitters in the entire MLB. Before Monday, Stanton had recorded the highest exit velocity on a hit each season since 2015, which each of them clocking in at least at 120 miles per hour.

Well, he was back at it again on Monday as the Yankees took on the Kansas City Royals. With a 3-2 count and no outs with a man on first, Stanton swung for the hardest-hit ball in the Statcast era, which clocked in at 122.2 mph... only for it to be turned into a double play by the Royals.

Seriously, you need to check out the highlight itself, courtesy of Reddit.

The fact that Royals second basemen Whit Merrifield had the reaction time to turn that into a double play is truly remarkable. Even though he does have a career .983 fielding percentage, that doesn't change the fact that few players could have made that sort of play, let alone reacting quick enough to make the throw to first right after.

Even after turning in the impressive double play, the Royals went on to lose 8-6 to the Yankees. However, Kansas City does have a chance to get the win back as they're set to take on New York again Tuesday night. The Yankees are favored to win at -154 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while the Royals are the +130 underdogs.


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