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Flashback Friday: Position Players to Pitch for the Blue Jays

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For whatever reason, there’s a strange fascination with watching position players take the mound. Perhaps it’s because they’re out of their element, perhaps it’s because it happens so rarely … but whenever it does, it’s definitely memorable.

On the heels of yet another Blue Jays position player being called upon to take the hill, this week’s Flashback Friday takes a look back at all the Toronto Blue Jays pitchers who have gotten a chance to pitch.

Only seven position players in franchise history have the distinction of pitching for the Blue Jays, and two of them (Bob Bailor and Jeff Mathis) did it on more than one occasion. Here’s the full list below:



Player Year Games IP ERA Hits
Craig Kusick 1979 1 3.2 4.91 3
Bob Bailor 1980 3 2.1 7.71 4
Rick Leach 1984 1 1 27 2
Frank Menechino 2004 1 0.1 0 2
Mike McCoy 2011 1 1 0 0
Jeff Mathis 2012 2 2 9 4
Steve Tolleson 2014 1 0.1 0 1

Interestingly enough, Blue Jays position players own an all-time ERA of 6.94 in 11.2 innings pitched. I’d say that’s pretty respectable, considering those players are totally out of their element.

Unfortunately, there isn’t documented video of every single position player appearance, but here are the last four … beginning with Steve Tolleson’s one out performance this past week.

Steve Tolleson – May 14th, 2014

Jeff Mathis – July 25th, 2012

Jeff Mathis – May 25th, 2012

Mike McCoy – June 11th, 2011

Stats courtesy of the 2014 Blue Jays Media Guide, image courtesy of Infield Fly

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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