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Home run robbers get praise - and swag for spectacular plays

Tue Aug 20 2:14am ET
By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

Players: Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier

In this Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo, Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) catches a ball hit by New York Mets' Todd Frazier for an out during the second inning of a baseball game in New York. Everyone has seen an outfielder receive a tip of the cap or a jubilant fist bump from a pitcher after a home run robbery. This is a story about what happens after they leave the field. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)


In this Friday, May 18, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Indians right fielder Greg Allen catches a fly ball hit by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the first inning of a baseball game in Houston. Everyone has seen an outfielder receive a tip of the cap or a jubilant fist bump from a pitcher after a home run robbery. This is a story about what happens after they leave the field. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)


In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 file photo,Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier collides with the outfield wall after catching a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado in the first inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Everyone has seen an outfielder receive a tip of the cap or a jubilant fist bump from a pitcher after a home run robbery. This is a story about what happens after they leave the field. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)


In this July 4, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Keon Broxton makes a leaping catch at the wall on a ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Milwaukee. Everyone has seen an outfielder receive a tip of the cap or a jubilant fist bump from a pitcher after a home run robbery. This is a story about what happens after they leave the field. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)


Everyone has seen an outfielder receive a tip of the cap or a jubilant fist bump from a pitcher after scaling the left-, center-, or right-field wall and robbing an opposing player of a home run.

What happens after they leave the field is far more interesting.

Most pitchers love their home-run robbing teammates and some even shower the elite defenders with swag after making highlight-reel grabs.

In 2015, Tampa Bay's Kevin Kiermaier pulled a potential home run ball back into the park and pitcher Chris Archer rewarded him by commissioning a painting of the catch. Other pitchers use gift cards, liquor, or a few beers to reward teammates.

But not all showcase catches are rewarded. Some outfielders go away empty-handed.

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