Raul Ibanez is having a great year for the Seattle Mariners. The 41-year-old, now in his 17th major league season, has hit 24 home runs, which is the most he has had since hitting 34 in the 2009 season. He has scored 40 runs, driven in 58 and also has 14 doubles on the year. And surprisingly to some, he has done most of it not as a DH, but as a left fielder.
And while Ibanez has impressed in his chase to best Ted Williams‘ record of most home runs over age 40, what the Mariners’ outfielder did in a recent game (that was already error-filled, by the way) against the Toronto Blue Jays was just about the furthest thing from impressive:
Because the throw was so bad, Ibanez is getting comparisons to Carly Rae Jepsen, who threw out a horrible first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game earlier this season. And if you haven’t seen that video, I’d recommend watching it at least once.
But the difference between Ibanez and Jepsen is that one is a singer, and the other, a 17-year veteran in the major leagues who is getting paid to quite simply throw and hit a baseball.
Maybe after this throw, the Mariners might think about using Ibanez a little less in the field and a little more as a DH.