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My favorite out of position moment came when I was at an A's game and Mike Heath--a catcher--was playing 3rd base. On a grounder to third Heath bobbled the ball a bit and, before he picked it up, he tore his hat off as if he were still wearing a catcher's mask. He made the play, though.
"This has been a little bit of a transitional year for him," Ryan said. "But this was more of an experimental thing: 'How much can we use him?' Early it was touch and go. All right? How much can we catch him and how much can we DH him and how much can he play first? Under the circumstances, (66 starts at catcher) seems like a pretty good number right now."
Not as cool as Mattingly playing 2B and 3B as a lefty.
gary sheffield began his career as a shortstop and made no good plays and many bad ones
When was the last time an outfielder had 3 errors in an inning?
I saw a game where Bob Brenly made 3 errors in an inning playing 3rd base for the Giants.
Not wanting to let all 7 fans in the stands down, I dutifully airmailed the throw home about 20 feet over the catchers head. Error #3.
gary also accused robin yount and paul molitor of being racists because they nagged him to run hard all the time. i cannot make this stuff up.
I drink caffeine-free Diet Coke, jmac.
In 2004 the Sox started Doug Mientkiewicz at second base in September. His first play was a tough short hop that he converted for a tag and throw out 4-3 DP. Joe Castiglione on the radio went crazy.
"It's just my natural instinct," he said. "My whole life, if the ball gets hit to my right, I'm going to first. That was my first move. I mean, I knew where I was, but that's just my natural instinct my whole career."
Mientkiewicz could definitely play second
Jimy Williams did go silly in this game though on May 2nd 1988 with Fielder and Kelly Gruber splitting time between 2B and 3B depending on the hitter. Fielder's line? 3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B.
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