Cubs’ Frank Schwindel threw a historically bad pitch


Frank Schwindel is having a fine season at first base, but on the mound he isn’t quite as effective.

On Sunday, the Yankees piled up a 17-4 lead by the eighth inning in The Bronx. With the series sweep all but secured and a four-game series with the Padres coming up for the Cubs, manager David Ross waived the white flag and went to the bench rather than the bullpen to finish the game.

Schwindel found himself staring down Bombers catcher Kyle Higashioka to start the eight inning and tossed what would be a historic pitch.

Higashioka sent the lob 376 feet over the left field fence for his second home run of the night and secured his spot with Schwindel in the history books. The 35.1 mph pitch is the slowest recorded pitch ever to be hit for an MLB home run, according to Codify Baseball.

The Chicago first baseman was able to get through the rest of the inning unscathed only allowing one more hit to Aaron Judge.

Frank Schwindel made the wrong kind of history pitching for the Cubs on Sunday.
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Despite his historic and hilariously bad pitch, Schwindel did improve on his previous pitching appearance, which came on June 3 in a 14-5 loss against the St. Louis Cardinals. Schwindel gave up two homers in the ninth inning to Corey Dickerson and Lars Nootbaar.

Schwindel now owns a 13.50 ERA on the season through two innings of work.

The Chicago Cubs first baseman is continuing his success from last year in his sophomore season. After finishing sixth in the 2021 National League rookie of the year voting, Schwindel has produced eight home runs and 31 RBIs for the Cubs, on pace to smash his previous season’s totals (14 HR 43 RBIs).

His prowess with the bat, however, does not seem to translate to his pitching arm.

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