With Wilson Valdez gaining a huge “W” for the Phillies in the 19th inning yesterday, it is interesting to look back on other position players who took to the mound. I was amazed at how many position players had actually gone to the mound, as baseballreference.com had a list of 477 position players who have pitched, among them:
Ted Williams – 1 G, 2 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1 K, 0 BB
Jimmie Foxx – 10 G, 2 STARTS!, 23 2/3 IP, 1.52 ERA, 11 K, 14 BB
Wade Boggs – 2 G, 2 1/3 IP, 3.86 ERA, 2 K, 1 BB – Boggs apparently had a nasty knuckler, check out the NY Times article about his appearance: http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/21/sports/boggs-and-his-knuckler-are-the-stars-of-the-show.html
Rocky Colavito – 2 G, 1 W, 5 2/3 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 K, 5 BB
Kevin Seitzer – check this out: 1/3 IP, 1 K – the man has a 27K/9 IP record for his career!
Obviously there were many more and baseballreference.com lists players like Babe Ruth and Rick Ankiel, both pitchers before becoming full-time position players. Check it out if you have time, as this is a great statistic site: http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/fieldPitch.shtml