Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Last Left-Handed Catcher

The New York Times looks at Benny Distefano and the dearth of left-handed catchers. Distefano's appearance behind the plate on August 18, 1989 (box score) remains the last time a lefty has donned the tools of ignorance.

Hat tip to Bucs Dugout.


Roger said...

In the article it mentions that pitcher Sam McDowell played shortstop for the 1970 Cleveland Indians for two right-handed batters before returning to the mound.

I don't remember ever seeing a pitcher take another position for a few batters and then return to the mound.

Theron Schultz said...

It has happened a few times. The most recent example I can think of is Chris Resop for the Braves on April 3, 2008. My favorite part of the McDowell game is not only was he a lefty infielder, but he made a putout, too.

Heian said...

Sean Marshall did it for the Cubs this season, and Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell (another McDowell!) did the same for the Mets in a famous fight-filled game with Cincinnati in 1985.