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    What are some strange positions players, usually at a different spot, have taken up that you've seen? Anything with a memorable anecdote?

    Off the top of my head, I think Jorge Posada playing second base this year. A lifelong Yankee catcher and aging DH, Posada took second base in the ninth inning against the Athletics at age 39. He started out as a second basemen, but was converted to catcher in his early days with the organization. The final out was made by Posada when he cleanly fielded a ground ball, wound up, and fired a low throw to Nick Swisher, who made a great scoop to end the game.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18443675
    "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

  • #2
    I remember watching Adam Dunn play first base and that was kinda weird.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    • #3
      Willie Mays, shortstop:
      http://passion4baseball.blogspot.com...shortstop.html

      David Wright at shortstop when Jose Reyes got injured in 2011:
      http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011...uda-jose-reyes

      Astros reliever Wesley Wright in right field in 2011:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18384337

      Joe Mauer, normally a catcher, playing in right field in 2011:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18178213

      Roy Oswalt playing left field in a Phillies-Astros game in 2010:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11346571

      A.J. Burnett as a pinch runner?
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14946579

      There are others but these are the ones I remember.
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      • #4
        Hank Aaron played 2nd base I think once.
        "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

        "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
          I remember watching Adam Dunn play first base and that was kinda weird.
          Watching Dunn play anywhere on the field is kinda weird.

          Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
          Hank Aaron played 2nd base I think once.
          Aaron was signed as a 2nd baseman, IIRC. He played 27 games at 2nd in 1955.
          They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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          • #6
            Kent Tekulve was put in leftfield at least once- maybe twice. I think it was 1979, a critical late season game. Tekulve was pitching in relief. With a couple of runners on base a lefthanded hitter came up who gave him a lot of trouble. Tanner brought in a lefty to pitch, but put Tekulve in leftfield because he wanted the option to go back to him. Naturally, the batter hit a high fly to left. Tekulve caught it like he'd been doing it all his life.

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            • #7
              Hawk Harrelson, in his one disastrous year as GM of the White Sox, moved future Hall-of-Fame catcher Carlton Fisk to left field to make room for the immortal Joel Skinner behind the plate. I believe this had a lot to do with Tony LaRussa getting fired later that season.
              They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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              • #8
                It still gets me how when the Cubs signed Soriano to that monster, "savior" contract in November 2006, the cards were for him to indefinitely play Center Field.

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                • #9
                  Speaking of a pinch-running Burnett, Clay Buchholz pinch ran in 2009 for the Red Sox, nearly injuring himself.

                  http://www.nesn.com/2009/08/bu.html
                  "Allen Sutton Sothoron pitched his initials off today."--1920s article

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                  • #10
                    This isnt a weird posistion for this guy but Tug McGraw in 1983 started a game for the Phillies. I always found that odd on why would the Phillies would start McGraw who was a aging relief pitcher at the time.

                    It must have either been a 2nd game of a double header or they were really short on starting pitchers that week.
                    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

                    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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                    • #11
                      Using pitchers as pinch-runners was fairly common in the old days, especially when roster sizes were smaller than today.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
                        Using pitchers as pinch-runners was fairly common in the old days, especially when roster sizes were smaller than today.
                        Warren Spahn, Don Newcombe, and I believe Don Drysdale were often used as pinch hitters.
                        They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                        • #13
                          I once went to a game in 2004 where Mike Hampton was used as a pinch-runner. It's not uncommon.
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                          • #14
                            As someone who has seen a lot of minor league baseball, I actually remember watching Jorge Posada play second base before that was an unusual thing.

                            I believe the Yankees made several weird position changes as a sign of protest when they finished the George Brett "pine tar game" against the Royals. Mattingly at second base, Guidry in the outfield, if I remember correctly.

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                            • #15
                              I watched a Cubs game a couple years back where Sean Marshall was pitching in relief, and Lou Piniella switched him to left field so that he could use a right handed specialist for one batter and then put Marshall back to the pitchers spot that same inning. Pretty weird, havent seen anything like that since.

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