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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Rays Played a Pitcher at Third Base

I’m fascinated by the creative player usage this year.

Venters left the game, and Romo returned to the mound. Adeiny Hechavarria came in to play shortstop. Romo survived his adventure, and he became just the ninth pitcher in recorded baseball history to both pitch and play third base in the same game. Or should I say eighth pitcher — Dick Selma did it twice in April 1970. But this hadn’t happened in the majors since August 6, 1971, when Bill Wilson temporarily played third so that Joe Hoerner could pitch to Willie Stargell. Wilson’s manager was Frank Lucchesi, and he put a pitcher at third base three times in two years. There’s been nothing since. Romo was the first in almost a half-century.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 19 comment(s)
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