Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. General Sports

Matt Joyce: Rays' slugger hits ball back into pitching machine, fires it again

See also

There are feats in sports that can be looked at as heroic, courageous, amazing, strange, unique, and even impossible. That last one, impossible, would be the best way to describe exactly what happened to Matt Joyce of the Tampa Bay Rays. As shown by ESPN on June 19, 2014, Joyce somehow was able to hit a practice pitch back into the pitching machine and have it fire at him again.

During batting practice on Thursday evening, Joyce was out on the diamond and hitting some balls off of the pitching machine. Seems like a common and ordinary day for a Major League Baseball player.

Joyce is an outfielder and designated hitter for the Rays and he was doing his usual and normal batting practice routine, but he ended up doing something completely unintentional and almost impossible.

As the pitching machine fired one at Joyce, he popped the pitch up into the air and off of the protective netting over the batter's box. The ball somehow bounced off the cage and landed perfectly back into the pitching machine.

At that point, the machine fired the baseball back at Joyce again for a perfect strike.

The video shows it is obvious Matt Joyce had no idea what had happened or even where his original hit even went. As the machine fires the ball again, he is taken by surprise and jumps back by the random pitch.

His coaches behind home plate were shocked as well, and that's evident by their expressions after the second pitch hit the backstop. It's a good thing this was caught on camera because it isn't something that is likely to ever be repeated.



  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes
    Stephen A. Smith: Ray Rice rant was 'most egregious error of my career'
    Domestic Violence
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • New York Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner
    MLB News
  • Brees gets tested
    Saints Drew Brees says he has 10 years left in NFL, immediately gets drug tested
    NFL News
  • Bryan subdues burglar
    Former WWE champ Daniel Bryan holds down burglar with submission move
    Fight Sports
  • Grave defiler identified
    Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video
    Crimes & Court

Related Videos:

  • Sports Service Plays Free Baseball MLB Prediction
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Luis Lopez Bridgeport Bluefish
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518274223" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • MLB Free Locks and Sports Picks With Handicapping Analysis
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>