Simmons filled in at pitcher during a 20-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds and served up lollipops. One of them ― a 44.9 mph lob ― actually made Kyle Farmer swing and miss.
The toss was the “slowest pitch on record to get a whiff in MLB history!” analytics firm Codify wrote on Twitter.
Simmons’ mound appearance follows a recent mop-up job by probable Hall of Fame slugger Albert Pujols, who surrendered two home runs to the San Francisco Giants on May 15 but still managed to get the last three outs for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 15-6 victory.
“A dream come true,” said Pujols, who might head to Cooperstown with a 36 ERA.