Cubs 1B Frank Schwindel Gives Up Massive Bomb That May Not Have Landed On Slowest Pitch In League History

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  • 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.

Schwindel’s pitch was the slowest ball hit for a home run in recorded league history. The entire situation amused fans on Twitter.

 

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.

Mets fans and baseball fans alike were here for the filthiness.

There is truly nothing like the sport of baseball.