Minor leaguer does the splits on first base to complete a double play

Emilio Guerrero lunges to catch a ball during a Double-A baseball game in New Hampshire on Monday night. (Twitter/NH Fisher Cats)

Emilio Guerrero, a first baseman for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball team, has made a name for himself on the baseball diamond, but perhaps it’s time for Guerrero to give gymnastics a go.

After an opponent from the Portland Sea Dogs hit a grounder into the outfield during Monday night’s game, one of Guerrero’s teammates scooped up the ball, sent it over to second base for an out. Then, as the ball came over to Guerrero for a hopeful double play, the 6-foot-4-inch baseman performed his magic. With his right foot still on the base, he slid his other leg as far out as it would go, creating a perfect split, catching the ball and making the highlight reel.


The 24-year-old’s lunging splits catch set off a series of tweets once the highlight hit the internet.