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Dreaming of Better Days: When Position Players Take the Mound

No situation brings more fun to the diamond than when a position player is called on to pitch.

Josh Wilson’s third career appearance on Sunday got me thinking about other position players who have taken the mound.

Since 1979, according to, 107 position players have had such an honor. More often than not, these situations are brought on by their team being blown out and the manager trying to save arms.

There was, of course, the infamous outing by Rangers outfielder Jose Canseco on May 29, 1993. This quote from Nolan Ryan tells it all:

"I just remember how he had been politicking to pitch since Spring Training. He threw in the bullpen a few times, and fo...

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