Former Mississippi State Baseball star Mitch Moreland has had a solid major league career. He’s playing in his 8th season at the Major League level and his first season with the Boston Red Sox. But last night, he did something he hadn’t done since 2014 but did on a frequent basis with the Bulldogs.
The Red Sox were getting pounded by the Baltimore Orioles, and as managers often do, Red Sox Manager John Farrell turned to one of his position players late in the game just to finish the game out. The position player Farrell turned to was Mitch Moreland.
Moreland made 20+ appearances as a reliever during his time in Starkville. He had a solid career ERA under 4.00 and was effective coming in to pitch an inning or slightly more. So while Moreland’s appearance was a surprise to a lot of people, it wasn’t a surprise to Bulldogs fans.
In the ninth inning, Mitch Moreland gave up two hits, but no runs and even struck out Baltimore batter Caleb Joseph. When someone asked Moreland if he could go back-to-back days, Moreland said, “Maybe back-to-back years.”
This was not the first time Moreland has appeared on the mound at the major league level. In 2014 while he was still playing for the Texas Rangers, he threw a perfect inning in relief against the Colorado Rockies.
Don’t expect the former Mississippi State star to make frequent trips to the mound. Moreland is batting .250 this season with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, and is 21st in the American League with 27 doubles. But it was fun to see Moreland do something again that Bulldog fans saw him do a good bit in his time in Starkville.