One of the most impressive things about professional athletes is how easy they make their jobs look. That's certainly true for MLB pitchers. Despite periodic hiccups, they hurl baseballs past big league hitters with speed and precision.
The degree of difficulty becomes especially apparent when non-pitchers take the mound, generally in blowouts or prolonged extra-inning affairs.
Sometimes, it works out surprisingly well. More often, we're reminded why pitching at the highest level is such a tough gig.
Let's examine 11 of the worst outings by position players from the last 30 years, weighing their crooked stat lines and general fecklessness along with a dash of know-a-terrible-performance-when-we-see-it subjectivity.
OF/DH Jose Canseco, 1993, Texas Rangers: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO
3B Sean Burroughs, 2005, San Diego Padres: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
OF Nori Aoki, 2017, Houston Astros: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
IF Andres Blanco, 2017, Philadelphia Phillies: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
CF Leonys Martin, 2017, Chicago Cubs: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
C Austin Romine, 2019, New York Yankees: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Richard Urena, 2019, Toronto Blue Jays
A utility infielder through three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Richard Urena was asked to pitch on August 20, 2019.
It was an ugly late-summer contest between the Jays and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Urena's crack at MLB pitching was equally rough.
The Jays would lose the game, 16-3. Urena played his role, surrendering four hits, a walk, a homer and four earned runs in just one inning of work.
Brett Nicholas, 2017, Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers backup catcher Brett Nicholas battled through an inning against the Miami Marlins on July 26, 2017.
The Marlins won the game, 22-10. Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna combined for 10 hits, eight RBI and 11 runs scored.
Amid all that, Nicholas took the mound and served an array of comically slow breaking balls.
He recorded three outs, but not before coughing up five hits and four earned runs.