With the news that the National League will be adopting the designated hitter beginning in 2022, it’s only right that we take some time to remember some of the best home runs hit by Pirates’ pitchers. Though the hashtag “#PitchersWhoRake” may be no more, unless your name is Shohei Ohtani, the Pirates had a couple pitchers who were somewhat capable with the bat, and some memorable moments from recent years.
One of the most memorable Pirates pitchers who hit a home run was none other than A.J. Burnett who took John Lackey deep back in 2015. Not only was this a memorable home run, but it is one of the best regular season games in the history of PNC Park — a game in which Andrew McCutchen hit a walkoff to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in 14 innings. But, this is about the pitchers, so enjoy the Burnett blast:
WOW…this feels like yesterday🙄
RETWEET if you remember the Dark Knight, AJ Burnett, hitting his one and only homerun in the Burgh pic.twitter.com/NZozYzEl2I
— Bucco Baseball (@BUCNbaseball) November 28, 2018
Next we have the recently-retired Francisco Liriano, who hit an opposite field, go-ahead three-run shot off of Mat Latos that resulted in one of the slowest home run trots I’ve ever seen. Enjoy the clip and the call from Greg Brown and Bob Walk:
Congrats to Pittsburgh Pirates legend Francisco Liriano on a great career. pic.twitter.com/FB95GtQ8sV
— Pittsburgh Clothing Company (@PGHClothingCo) January 17, 2022
Here we have one of the best-hitting pitchers the Pirates have seen. He connected on a 441-foot blast in Coors Field, the first and only home run of his career. Brault’s hitting career comes to a close with an impressive .258 batting average. Here is that home run in all its glory:
— Pirates Talk (@PITPiratesChat) February 10, 2022
Finally, we have the final home run ever hit by a Pirate pitcher in the team’s lengthy history. Tyler Anderson took Marcus Stroman deep on July 10 this past season. If you ever find yourself in a (weird) trivia game where this question comes up, now you know the last Pirate pitcher to homer!
Yes, Tyler Anderson just went yard 💣 pic.twitter.com/KoYVZY7vjD
— Barstool Yinzers (@BarstoolBurgh) July 10, 2021