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When the Yankees Reliever Learns That Playing First Base is Not Easy

Funny and Happy, Interesting

Yesterday afternoon, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles needed a couple of extra innings to settle things, which left the Yankees’ bullpen slightly short on arms by the end of the day.

So to compensate, manager Joe Girardi stashed a reliever, Bryan Mitchell, at first base after he pitched a clean ninth. “We were short on pitchers, so I knew that I would maybe have to do something unorthodox,” Girardi said.

It’s been a long time since the Yankees have done that:

And naturally, the very fist ball found him … well, it would have if he caught it:


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“I guess I should have expected the first one to find me,” Mitchell said. “That’s something abnormal to me, but I know I can catch a fly ball.”

Pictured Above: Someone who could not catch a fly ball. 

Fortunately, Mitchell got another chance at almost the exact same play later in the game, and this time, he made the catch:

In the end, he pitched 2.0 full innings (4H, 3ER, 1BB, 1K) and played one inning at first. His fielding percentage is … not important. He tried his best though! And reports suggest that his mother is, indeed, very proud of her little man!

Who said anything about first base being easy, anyway?

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.

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