MLB All-Stars swap positions in Japan exhibition
MLB All-Stars play weird positions in Japan game
Everyone knows that nothing boosts morale quite like allowing players to play positions they're not accustomed to playing. When Smash and Saracen were at each other's throats in the second season of Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor did just that. As a result, he learned that that kid from Breaking Bad could catch and ended up salvaging the Dillon Panthers' season.
On Tuesday, the MLB All-Stars squad put that theory to the test, with manager John Farrell allowing a bunch of the guys to play out of position. The experiment proved to be a mild success as the MLB All-Stars beat the Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants hybrid team 8-7.
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went got back to his roots with a stint in left field, the position he played when he was first called up to the bigs back in 2010. Erik Kratz -- typically the backup catcher for the Royals -- played a few frames at first base, going 1-for-1. And Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve pinch-ran and took over duties at shortstop.
Sadly no position players pitched for either team.