After his career as a major league outfielder ended, Anthony Gose decided to give the pitcher a chance. The move seemed like a long shot, an attempt to extend a career that was probably realistically ended.
On Monday, Gose made his major league pitcher debut for Cleveland at the age of 31. He pitched an inning and two-thirds, abandoning a run, but more impressively, he jumped 100 miles an hour on the pistol. An unlikely comeback may have started.
Gose was a great pitcher in high school in Southern California, but he chose the outfield because he wanted to play every day. He was good enough to be drafted in the second round by Philadelphia in 2008.
His career never really took off. Thanks to his top notch speed – he already stole 76 goals in a minor league season – he spent five seasons from 2012 to 2016 with Toronto and Detroit, but only one as a regular. He ended up hitting .240 with almost no power, which wasn’t good enough for a major league outfielder.