The Chicago Cubs had a rough day on Sunday in their series finale against the New York Yankees.
All and all, it was a pretty tough weekend, as they got swept and were outscored 28-5.
It got so bad in fact that the Cubs were forced to turn to a position player to pitch the eighth inning in yesterday’s 18-4 loss.
It was slugger Frank Schwindel, who was called upon to make an emergency pitching appearance to save Chicago’s bullpen.
As position players often do when they pitch, Schwindel gave up a home run.
The home run was hit by Kyle Higashioka on a pitch that was 35 mph.
The tweet below features a video of Higashioka crushing this meatball from Schwindel.
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
Slow As A Turtle
This was kind of a sad pitch by Schwindel, so it’s no surprise that Higashioka managed to crush the ball.
That’s incredibly slow and if a hitter is patient enough, it can be super easy to hit.
This pitch was in fact the slowest pitch ever hit for a home run.
If you’re Schwindel, this is a bit of history that you definitely did not want to be a part of.
You don’t want to be remembered for throwing the slowest pitch ever hit for a home run.
But ultimately, that was indicative of how poorly things went over the weekend for the Cubs.
Almost nothing went right.
The bats were quiet, and the pitching staff was roughed up significantly.
It isn’t too much of a surprise that Schwindel threw such a slow pitch and that it was ultimately hit for a home run.
That is to be expected when a position player takes the mound.