Jimmy Rollins and Every Team's Best Cannon-Armed Defender

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Jimmy Rollins and Every Team's Best Cannon-Armed Defender
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Admit it: Some of the greatest memories you've collected throughout your life center around a great defensive play in baseball.

Be it one of the all-time greats like Brooks Robinson making a throw from the third-base foul line to nail a runner at first or some of today's stars, like Jimmy Rollins, making a great throw from the hole or Ichiro Suzuki gunning down a runner at the plate, these are the plays that we remember.

You bought tickets to the game, but you were treated to the gun show. From anywhere in the ballpark, you sit on the edge of your seat every time the opponent hits a ball to the warning track, the right fielder settles under it and with a shuffle, skip and pro-hop, unleashes the cannon.

How many of us will ever be able to forget Ichiro's throw that nailed Terrence Long at third base, or have heard of Ellis Valentin for no other reason than his legendary throwing arm? We love watching grown men put their whole body into a throw in hopes that the recipient can slap a tag on the man brazen enough to test him.

For the sake of cannon-armed defenders enthusiasts everywhere, let's make a list. I'll pick one guy from every Major League team and single him out as the team's best arm. Let's not forget—not every team has their best arm playing right field or third base, and some of the results may be surprising.

Make sure to leave a comment below, and most importantly, let the debate begin!

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