Texas Rangers utility man Brock Holt took the mound and threw the slowest pitch to be called for a strike that was ever recorded since the start of the pitch-tracking era – a 31mph eephus pitch.
Holt was brought into the game and took the mound to start the bottom of the eighth inning as his team was getting blown out by the Oakland Athletics.
The A’s were beating the Rangers 12-3 during their game at RingCentral Coliseum.
When the score is that lopsided, the team that is trailing usually looks to keep its bullpen pitchers out of the game in order to save them for the next day.
So a position player is brought in to pitch the final inning or so, relying on pitches that are much slower and don’t have the same movement as the starters and relievers on the roster.
Holt’s first pitch was a slow, high-arcing eephus ball that was clocked at 31.1mph. The pitch was called a strike by the home plate umpire.
It was the slowest pitch ever to be called a strike since 2008, the start of the so-called pitch-tracking era, when television broadcasters used data to track the location of pitches relative to the strike zone.
Holt’s strike was the slowest, breaking the previous record held by Willians Astudillo of the Minnesota Twins.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ariel Zilber