- New York Mets’ closer Edwin Diaz threw a pitch 102 miles per hour to help cap a 4-1 win over the LA Angels on Sunday.
- Frank Schwindel of the Chicago Cubs threw a 35.1-mile-per-hour pitch that got pulverized for a home run against the New York Yankees
- Both pitches are making the rounds on Twitter.
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There are many different ways to skin a cat in Major League Baseball.
Guys like Stephen Strasburg and Tim Lincecum made careers out of being able to light up the radar gun. Then there’s someone like Jamie Moyer, who had a 20-plus year career by being precise with his locations.
We saw extreme displays of both ends of the spectrum play out on Sunday when Frank Schwindel and Edwin Diaz took the mound.
Frank Schwindel Gives Up Bomb To Higashioka
Pitching is not Frank Schwindel’s calling card, in the interest of fairness.
The Chicago Cubs brought the first baseman into a game that was already long over and he was more a sense of comedic relief than anything else. But New York Yankees’ catcher Kyle Higashioka apparently had little sympathy.
Higashioka then gladly accepted when Schwindel served up a 35-mile-per-hour meatball.
This 35.1 MPH Frank Schwindel pitch is the slowest (known/measured) MLB pitch to ever get hit for a home run! pic.twitter.com/oSO3sLnUyo
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 12, 2022
Schwindel’s pitch was the slowest ball hit for a home run in recorded league history. The entire situation amused fans on Twitter.
NO WAY KYLE HIGASHIOKA JUST HIT HIS SECOND HOME RUN OF THE SEASON AND GAME OFF OF FRANK SCHWINDEL
— si👩🎤 (@tylerwadeishot) June 12, 2022
Frank Schwindel faced Joey Gallo, Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and yet the only run he allowed was on a solo HR to catcher Kyle Higashioka.
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) June 12, 2022
Edwin Diaz Dials Up The Heat For A Strikeout
Then we have New York Mets’ closer Edwin Diaz.
Diaz, unlike Higashioka, is paid to pitch. He’s also paid to throw really, really hard. Diaz currently ranks seventh in the league in average 4-seamer velocity at 98.8 miles per hour. He really turned up the heat on Sunday, hitting 102 on the radar gun to strike out Angels’ first baseman Jared Walsh.
102!!! 😱 pic.twitter.com/VXKpWbIKzd
— MLB (@MLB) June 13, 2022
Mets fans and baseball fans alike were here for the filthiness.
EDWIN DIAZ K S A DUDE WITH 102 MPH CHEESE AT THE KNEES
— George Abraham (@CoachesCornerGA) June 13, 2022
Edwin Diaz struck out Mike Trout in crunch time and threw a 102 MPH pitch 🔥🔥
— Ronald Harrod Jr. (@ronharrodjr) June 13, 2022
I like it when the 9th ranked trend is a relief pitcher named Edwin Diaz for hitting 102 on the radar gun. Means there isn't any crazy nonsense going on at the moment.
— T.J. "White Fang" Bryce (@TJBryce6) June 13, 2022
There is truly nothing like the sport of baseball.