Here’s The Weirdest Strikeout You’ll See All Year

by Ben Porter | Posted on Sunday, May 28th, 2017
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So yesterday a video went viral of a minor league player striking out. It happened between the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies AA affiliate) and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets AA affiliate). Cory Burns threw the pitch, if you can even call it a pitch, and Josh Fuentes struck out on it.

Burns went into his delivery and clipped his heel on his leg, so he stopped his delivery and did his best 50 Cent impersonation, pushing the ball up the first base line. Ball 2, no harm no foul. But wait! Looks like we’ve got a jokester up at the plate. Fuentes took a swing and turned what was barely even a pitch into strike 3. The umpire called him out on the swing, and with the tag from the catcher, the batter was retired. Take a look.

From what I’ve read, there are three schools of thought regarding this play. First, the umpire is a hard-ass and shouldn’t have called out Fuentes, who was clearly joking. Second, that Fuentes simply shouldn’t have swung. Lastly, there are people who just think this was a hilarious mistake. I belong to the second crowd, and I’ll tell you why.

Sure, this is a funny strikeout. It’s a classic blooper that will go down as an all-time fail. It has SportsCenter Not Top 10 all over it. But come on Fuentes, what the hell were you thinking? It’s a live ball, you’ve got two strikes on you, and you took what was basically a full swing. If you swing and miss at a pitch, it’s a strike. Of course, there was no intent to make contact, but the bat crossed through the hitting zone on a live pitch. No need to pull a White Goodman on the ump.

I’m not holding anything against Josh Fuentes. It was an innocent mistake. Maybe he takes the pitch and strikes out on the very next pitch. Who knows. But the umpire has an obligation to make that call. Pitchers throw pitches that clearly are not strikes all the time. Whether it’s an inch outside or a ground ball up the first base line, a pitch is a pitch is a pitch. If you don’t like it, don’t swing.

P.S. Cody Burns might be onto something. They say you can’t get good hitters out in the strike zone. He hit him with the old “roll one up the first base line and see what happens” trick. It’s worked 100% of the time for him. Can’t knock the hustle.

P.P.S. The “Rumble Ponies” and the “Yard Goats” are two of the greatest team names I’ve ever heard. Long live MiLB mascots.

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Ben is a sophomore at Columbia University where he plays baseball. He loves everything about the game and is a little biased toward the Boston Red Sox, Ben has future ambitions of a career in sports media, follow him on Twitter @Ben13Porter

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