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Brandon Belt sets MLB record for most pitches in an at-bat

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It was Brandon Belt foul ball giveaway day in Anaheim today.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

With Joe Panik on first after a single, Brandon Belt came up to bat in the first inning. Twelve minutes and forty-five seconds later, he flied out to Kole Calhoun.

In a 21-pitch at-bat, with mostly a 2-2 and 3-2 count, Belt fouled off 16 pitches, mostly in the strike zone.

At first, it seemed as though Belt was trying to get a feel for the young pitcher, Jaime Barría, making his second MLB start. Except it just kept going. To the amusement of the Giants dugout, and the consternation of the Angels.

Belt, who ended up having an all-around great day, also made history, with the most pitches ever in an at-bat. He surpassed the previous record of 20, held by Rickey Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon in 1998. (Colon is still playing, by the way).

Next time someone tells you Brandon Belt needs to swing more, you show them this at-bat and you shut them down.