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Monday, August 27, 2012

Mudcats make use of versatile Toole - Carolina utility man plays all nine positions in win over Salem

“My manager ... came up to me at the beginning of the year and asked me where I could play. I told him, ‘Anywhere,’ and he came up to me later and said I’d play all nine positions later this year,” Toole said. “I kind of laughed [at the time], but as the season was winding down, he picked tonight and we ran with it.”

A Toole for every task.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: carolina mudcats, cleveland indians, general, history, minor leagues, utility infielders

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   1. RMc is Fairly Irrefutable Posted: August 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4219350)
A nine-Toole player!
   2. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4219368)
Remember in 2000 when two players did the "all nine positions" thing? I thought that was going to become a trend of annoying proportions. Nobody in the majors has done it since. Not even Don Kelly!
   3. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4219398)
MLB players who have played at least 1 game at every position over a season:

Player             Year Age  Tm
Spider Clark       1890  22 BUF
Sport McAllister   1899  24 CLV
Jimmy Walsh        1911  25 PHI
Jack Rothrock      1928  23 BOS
Bert Campaneris    1965  23 KCA
Cesar Tovar        1968  27 MIN
Jose Oquendo       1988  24 STL
Shane Halter       2000  30 DET
Scott Sheldon      2000  31 TEX 

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Generated 8/27/2012.

   4. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 27, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4219425)
MLB players who have played at least 1 game at every position over a season:

Sport McAllister is the only true utility player in the bunch:

Tm          Pos   G
7 Seasons    OF 147
6 Seasons     C  83
5 Seasons    1B  65
5 Seasons    SS  62
4 Seasons    3B  27
4 Seasons     P  17
3 Seasons    2B   7
7 Seasons   TOT 408
            Pos   G 

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Generated 8/27/2012.

3 other guys have 15+ games at P, C, and SS. The last was Art Hoelskoetter, whose MLB career ended in 1908. It's been 104 years since we've have a proper manly man in the big leagues.
   5. God Posted: August 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4219428)
I know the last five guys on the list were stunts and shouldnt really count -- anybody know about the first four? Has anybody ever done it genuinely?
   6. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM (#4219464)
I know the last five guys on the list were stunts and shouldnt really count -- anybody know about the first four? Has anybody ever done it genuinely?

How could this happen and not be a "stunt"?
Eight (or more) perfectly-timed and coincidental injuries over the course of one game is more like an act of... well, You know.
   7. God Posted: August 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4219469)
6 - the list in #3 says over a season, in italics no less.
   8. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: August 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4219491)
Well, see, that's why you're You, and I'm, uh, not.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM (#4219502)
I know the last five guys on the list were stunts and shouldnt really count -- anybody know about the first four? Has anybody ever done it genuinely?

McAllister was for real. In 1899 he threw 16 innings and caught in 17 games, and had at least 3 appearances everywhere but 2nd. This was for the 20-134 Cleveland Spiders, so I think that extreme desperation was the order of the day. Sport has a SABR bio that says:

Even after the calamitous 1899 season, Sport remained highly thought of in baseball circles. The Sporting Life of November 18,1899 noted, "McAllister of the Cleveland’s [sic] is the most versatile player in the league today."

Walsh actually got a decision (a loss) in his pitching appearance, but it was on the last day of the season and so was probably a stunt. He did catch in 4 games, so the rest of it wasn't a stunt.

Rothrock's pitching appearance was 1 inning in a blowout loss in game 149 of a 96-loss season, and he caught on the second-to-last day of the season. Stunt.

Spider Clark legitimately played everywhere in the field in both of his two seasons. His one pitching appearance was 4 innings, so it might not have been a stunt. But it might have been. No idea when in the season it was. Buffalo had 3 position players (including a 42-year-old Deacon White) make precisely one long appearance in relief, which suggests that the manager would run any old body out there if his starter got blown out early. So my WAG is that it was not a stunt.
   10. TerpNats Posted: August 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM (#4219600)
I recall former major-leaguer Bill Tuttle did the nine-position thing while with the Syracuse Chiefs in a late-season game in the 1960s.
   11. depletion Posted: August 28, 2012 at 08:59 AM (#4219908)
From the Bert Campaneris wikipaedia page:
On September 8, 1965, as part of a special promotion featuring the popular young player, Campaneris became the first player to play every position in a major league game.[2] On the mound, he pitched ambidextrously, throwing lefty to left-handers, and switched against right-handers. Since then, César Tovar (Twins, 1968), Scott Sheldon (Rangers, 2000) and Shane Halter (Tigers, 2000) have joined this select list of nine-position players in a major league game.

I think it may be a while before we get another player to do 8 positions plus RHP and LHP in one game.
   12. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4219916)
When I was 9 years old my grandfather got me a book about wacky things that had happened in baseball history. It was a wonderful little book and the Campaneris and Tovar games were in there. It's a little thing but anytime I see either name I think of my grandfather who passed away over 20 years ago and smile a bit.
   13. GregD Posted: August 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM (#4219943)
Sport McAllister is the only true utility player in the bunch:
That is the perfect name for a hackish YA novel. I'm sure Lupica is at work on the Sport McAllister series.

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