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Steve Garvey- and he came up as a 3B
Everybody spent time at third in the 60s and 70s (and beyond). Killebrew, Allen, Perez, Bob Robertson, George Scott! (61 starts in 1970), Driessen (I'd forgotten about that one), Earl Williams, Deron Johnson, Tenace (13 starts in 77).
Here's one I never heard about. Yaz got 2 starts in 1964 and 27 starts in 1973.
Scott Hatteberg used to be a catcher before becoming a first baseman.
Here's a recent one that some will find hard to believe. Mike Morse played 55 games at SS for the 2005 Mariners, plus 3 innings over the next 2 years.
Of all the ex-catchers somehow the one who surprised me the most was BJ Surhoff.
I've been in dice leagues where it was a leg up to play Ott at 3B or have Foxx catch. Goes against the spirit of the thing, but hey, those guys were great ballplayers.
As mentioned, it's logical for players to be tried at the toughest defensive positions they can conceivably handle until they fail, but it baffles me that anyone thought clumsy slowpokes like Thome and Posada even had a chance to become middle infielders. I know they were more agile then than they were later, but still.
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