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Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez tries to pick off Pedro Alvarez, throws ball straight into the ground

Neil Ramirez fails badly on pickoff attempt

Edward Mujica of the Red Sox had a very off-target pickoff attempt earlier this season. Even the umpires couldn't hold back their giggles: 

Mujica

But during Tuesday's Cubs-Pirates game, Neil Ramirez may have topped Mujica with this throw in the ninth inning:

pickoff

The toss was so wild that it was deemed a balk, giving Pedro Alvarez (and his eight career steals) a free pass to second base. Luckily for Ramirez, the play didn't lead to any runs and the Cubs won 7-3.

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