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Big League Stew’s Plays of the Year poll: Best outfield plays

Mike Oz
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We're already asked you to select the best infield play of the year, so now we shift our attention to the outfield in the next segment of The Stew's plays of the year poll.

We present to you our five finalists for best outfield play. We've got great catches, a laser throw and crucial moments.

These are all great. A play doesn't make it into a post like this without being great. Your mission now, fair reader, is to select which play is most impressive. Head over to the Big League Stew Facebook page and vote for your favorite.

But first, watch them all again, in chronological order:

2. YASIEL PUIG'S SPECTACULAR GAME-ENDING DOUBLE PLAY IN HIS BIG-LEAGUE DEBUT
From June 4: "With one out in the ninth and Chris Denorfia running from first base on a pitch by Brandon League, San Diego's Kyle Blanks hit a fly to the warning track in right. After backpedaling, Puig made a one-handed catch, gathered himself and unleashed a laser toward first base as Denorfia desperately tried to get back to the bag."

3. CARLOS GOMEZ, NINTH-INNING HOME RUN THIEF
From July 9: "Two outs, top of the ninth, down a run and Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto goes for the gusto against Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez. He got a lot of it, driving the ball deep to center. It has enough to get over the fence for a home run but ... outfielder Carlos Gomez is lurking. He checks his space cushion, he times his leap and he gets way up. But does he have the ball? Votto wants to see it. Gomez has it. Votto has been denied home run No. 16. Game over. The Brewers win 4-3 and they can put their respective hearts back in their respective chests collectively."

4. J.B. SHUCK GOES OVER THE WALL TO ROB A HOMER
From Aug. 3: "Shuck didn't have a lot of time to measure up his predicament. He just knew from experience that he was dealing with the shorter than usual wall near the left field foul pole, and his instincts told him he had to jump as high as he could to make the catch. Shuck would do just that to make the incredible catch, and then his momentum carried him all the way over the wall into the front row of seats."

5. CARLOS BELTRAN STEALS A GRAND SLAM IN THE WORLD SERIES, INJURES HIMSELF
From Oct. 23: David Ortiz was up with the bases loaded. He launched a deep fly ball to right. This sound familiar? Well, this time the results were vastly different: Carlos Beltran did what Torii Hunter didn't — he robbed Big Papi of a grand slam, with a nice over-the-wall catch. But the collateral damage of that play may hurt the Cardinals more than the three runs it saved ... Beltran left the game in the next inning with a right rib contusion.

NOW ... VOTE!
You decide which of these wonderful outfield plays was the best of 2013. Head over to the Big League Stew Facebook page and cast your vote.

COMING SOON:
Biggest hit | Wackiest moment | Best fan catch

ALREADY:
Best postseason play | Best infield play

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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