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The Unintentional Intentional Walk-Off

Wild and Crazy

Just before the 2017 season, Major League Baseball and the players union came together on an agreement that ended the four-pitch intentional walk. Instead of wasting the time to lob four balls to your catcher’s outstretched arm, the thinking went, we’ll just create a signal which informs the umpire to immediately send the batter on his way to first.


And while it wasn’t met with much love-lost, it’s a shame we won’t ever get to see the YIPS totally ruin someone’s night quite like this ever again:

It all goes down on the second batter of the clip, but you can see the suspense building during the first at-bat, right? It’s like you can feel it! And that poor pitcher! All he had to do was play the same game of catch he probably has throughout his entire life … but he just can’t get it done.

In fact, if I’m seeing this right, it looks like he threw the ball *behind* the batter … which, yikes. The winning run eventually comes into score, and he’ll be reliving this moment every night before he goes to bed for the rest of his life.



Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.