Position players coming in for relief appearances during blow outs usually only leads to bad comedy (or bad injuries, like that time Jose Canseco blew out his arm clowning).
But occasionally a position player will go out there and show that he actually can pitch a little. Such was the case Tuesday evening for the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland.
Ron Washington put Moreland in with the Rangers down 12-1, and all he did was throw a 1-2-3 inning, flashing a 95 MPH fastball in the process.
Maybe it’s not entirely surprising that Moreland would be effective in a relief outing. He did pitch in college, and he even got a couple appearances in the minor leagues.
The natural jokes will follow about Moreland getting more time in the bullpen from the Rangers, but let’s be real here. The chances of Moreland actually being effective as a relief pitcher over the long haul? They’re pretty remote.
If Moreland could pitch, he’d be a pitcher. He’s a first baseman because…he’s a first baseman.
So don’t be looking for the reverse Babe Ruth here.