Friday, October 19, 2007
posted by Grizzly Adam at 5:06 PM | Permalink
Jose Oquendo
Jose Oquendo, 1991 Fleer

Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Career line: .256/.346/.317

Jose Oquendo was one of my favorite players because the guy played every position on the field. I once saw a blooper video of him pitching to himself, he hits a grounder to himself at short, and then throws to himself at first. The out ends the inning and we see him running off the field in catcher's gear. All cut together from game footage. In 1989 he became the first player since 1918 to play all 9 positions during the same season.

He was nicknamed the "Secret Weapon", I think because he could play anywhere rather effectively. Although I don't know that you'd want him on the mound in an elimination game.

He played 12 Big League seasons, and today is the third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.



At May 22, 2008 at 12:41 PM, Anonymous John

Great blog, but as much as I like Jose, others played all 9 positions in 1 game in the 1960's. Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar accomplished this feat.


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