Brandon Belt sets record for longest MLB at-bat


After almost 20 years, one of baseball’s weirdest
records has been broken. San Fransisco Giants first baseman Brandon
Belt worked the longest at-bat in league history on Sunday. Belt faced 21 pitches over nearly 13 minutes
against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jaime Barría before finally flying out. That’s the most pitches in an at-bat since
the league started keeping track of this sort of thing in 1988. The old record was 20 pitches set in 1998
between hitter Ricky Gutierrez and pitcher Bartolo Colón. Colón, 44, is still pitching in the league. Anyway, Belt’s at-bat is a momentous occasion
for fans who like sitting around and waiting for something to happen.

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