The Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon made a strange call in yesterday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. In the ninth inning, he put his center fielder, Jon Jay, in at pitcher to close the game. Jay is not a pitcher– he throws as fast as any former high school or college pitcher. Even so, he retired three for four hitters throwing fastballs 40 mph slower than other closers in the league.
Jay fooled professional athletes with slow lobs. It was incredible!
This is why baseball is amazing. Jay pulled off a feat that has not been attempted since Bugs Bunny took the mound.
Jay threw a 16 pitch scoreless inning throwing no faster than 57 mph. Maybe the MLB should give all the former pitchers and big-league dreamers another shot on the mound. Someone should sign me right now–no one would be able to hit my slow ball.