Shortstop Andrelton Simmons Made Some (LOL) History in His Pitching Debut

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Shortstop Andrelton Simmons Made Some (LOL) History in His Pitching Debut

Chicago Cubs

Yesterday’s loss to the Reds came with some history insofar as the Cubs gave up 20 runs to a particularly terrible team.

I don’t just mean it felt historically awful, it actually was historically bad:

Any time you match the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in a performance, you know you’ve done something truly special.

But that wasn’t the only history in the game, and we can at least enjoy this other bit. In the 8th inning, with the game farrrr out of hand, the Cubs turned to Andrelton Simmons to pitch, making his big league debut. It was pretty standard fare for position player pitching, with a reasonable amount of wildness, hard contact, and runs being scored. But there was at least one great moment! History, even!

Simmons got a whiff on the slowest pitch on record that got a whiff:

Not the history Kyle Farmer probably wants to be a part of, but at least he singled thereafter. The humiliation lasted only so long.

Simmons’ outing also featured what might have been the worst called strike in baseball history, too:

In all seriousness, I want to know if a pitch further from the strike zone than that one has ever been called a strike. Look at this thing:

Oh, for fun, Simmons also tried to get a little tricky with the velocity, but the command was wanting:

UNLESS THAT WAS A PURPOSE PITCH! There were some shenanigans earlier in the game, a beefing extension of the beefing from the night before. Clearly Simmons was taking matters into his own hands.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.