Reds Minor Leaguer declines day off, plays all nine positions instead
Minor Leaguer plays all nine positions in one game
Much as 2 + 2 = 4 and Prince Fielder + third base = slapstick comedy, baseball players and free time will never fail to produce all sorts of shenanigans. So when the Pensacola Blue Wahoos -- Cincinnati's Double-A affiliate -- clinched their division with one game to spare, there was a pretty good chance that last game would get a little funky. But the team somehow managed to one-up our wildest hopes and dreams: They let shortstop Ray Chang play all nine positions, a different one each inning:
It all started when Chang walked into the locker room and was given a choice by his manager, Pat Kelly: Take the day off or be a jack of all trades. He started off at first base, and then slowly made his way around the diamond -- second base, then short, then third, then the outfield. Things got a little dicey in the eighth, though. Chang had never played catcher in his entire career, and was sent out to catch Pensacola closer Zack Weiss -- the league leader in saves and the owner of a mid-90s fastball.
"Catching [was the hardest] by far," Chang said after the game. "The hardest part about it is when the ball's in the strike zone, you know that guy's going to swing, but you have to keep focused on the ball and not the bat coming through the zone."
Chang made it through OK, though, and even tossed a clean ninth inning:
And, because he is a true master of the baseball arts, he went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored a run:
Elsewhere in Minor League teams getting weird with nothing at stake, Binghamton Mets outfielder Brock Peterson not only came in and pitched two relief innings, but got the W (!) in the team's 8-6, 12-inning victory over the Altoona Curve. We can only assume a rule requiring every playoff team to play one meaningless regular season game is already in the works.