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From BR Bullpen
Hayden "Siddhartha" Finch (b. 1955 or 1956)
- Bats ?, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 182 lb.
After a secret tryout in January 1985, Finch had a secret tryout with the Mets. After a two week negotiation, Finch was signed on February 2. In his public debut, on March 17, Finch was clocked at 168 mph on the JUGS gun.
Later it was revealed that Finch was indeed a hoax and the story was an April Fools joke played on the readers.
The joke was so popular that a full-length novel was written based on the story, in which he is called up during a rash of injuries in the 1985 season to pitch against the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals, hurls a perfect game - Willie McGee gets a foul tip as the original article suggests could happen - and then almost hurls another before retiring. He never pitches again after that.