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When Position Players Take the Hill

July 30th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

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Position players don’t often take the mound during an actual game (although all of them brag about how the ‘dealt’ in high school) so it is always fun to see what they can do when it happens. Last night the Chicago Cubs backup catcher, John Baker, came in to pitch in the 16th innings against the Colorado Rockies and actually picked up the win. Baker walked one but allowed no hits in his inning of work.

All things considered, Baker is one of the better position players to take the hill in recent memory. Here are some familiar faces who have also earned themselves an appearance on the mound this year.

Player

W-L

IP

ER

Hits

K

BB

John Baker (CHC, 2014)

1-0

1

0

0

0

1

Mike Carp (BOS, 2014)

0-0

1

1

0

0

5

Dean Anna (NYY)

0-0

1

2

3

0

0

Leury Garcia (CHW)

0-1

1

2

1

0

2

(Stats per Baseball-reference.com)

Props to Baker for being the best of the worst so far in 2014. Though some position players can actually chuck it. For example, Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Chris Davis took the hill back in 2012 and struck out two in two innings en route to a victory. But that is the exception. More often than not the result is more like when former Cub great, Mark Grace took the mound in 2002 for the Arizona Diamondbacks and gave up one of the longest home runs you will ever see to David Ross.

Last night’s victory, the Cubs’ 44th of the season, was a huge team-win. Being able to walk away from a game that lasted 6 ½ hours (a franchise record; 6 hr 27 min to be exact) with a victory is a huge moral booster for everyone in the clubhouse. And the fact that John Baker picked up the win makes it even better (and funnier). Look for the Cubs to come out strong tonight against a tired and disheartened Rockies team and make the push for three wins in a row.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Chris Davis, Colorado Rockies, Dean Anna, John Baker, Leury Garcia, Mark Grace, Mike Carp, MLB

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