Monday, March 30, 2015

Bert Campaneris played every position in one game including pitcher

Bert Campaneris 
nicknamed "Campy"

Dagoberto (Bert) Campaneris Blanco
Born: March 9, 1942, in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba.


Position: SS, Utility
   (played all positions in a single game)

Height/Weight: 5'10"  160 lbs

Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Batting Average: .259


#FerrellTakesTheField

In March 2015, actor Will Ferrell played 10 positions while playing for 10 teams in one day during MLB spring training. The goal was to match the amazing feat of Bert Campaneris, while raising money to support Cancer for College. Campy played all nine positions during a single game, including switch pitcher ... 50 years ago. 


Campy played all nine positions in one game and 
was a switch pitcher on the mound

On September 8, 1965, as part of a special promotion featuring the popular young player, Campaneris became the first player to play every position in a major league game. On the mound, he pitched ambidextrously, throwing lefty to left-handers, and switched against right-handers. (source: Wikipedia)

Game summary

Kansas City Athletics vs Angels
September 8, 1965

Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions against the Angels in a promotion to hype poor attendance at Kansas City. When Campy takes the mound in the 8th inning‚ the first batter he faces is his cousin Jose Cardenal‚ who pops out. Campy allows one run‚ and leaves the game in the 9th after a collision with Angels C Ed Kirkpatrick at home plate when Campy is catching. Rene Lachemann replaces Campy as catcher. The Angels win it in the 13th inning 5-3‚ with the win going to Campy's batterymate Aurelio Monteagudo. (BaseballLibrary.com)




Man of Position

Campy Campaneris, Kansas City shortstop, normally uses only one glove in a game but Wednesday night he was supposed to use nine. He was scheduled to play every position including pitcher against the Los Angeles Angels in a game in which he was insured for a million dollars by Athletics owner Charles Finley. (AP photo caption)

Campy posted a 9.00 ERA

In one inning of work, the ambidextrous pitcher allowed one hit, one run, walked two, and struck out one. 

Campy pitched with both hands in the minors

In a minor-league game while playing for Daytona, Campaneris pitched both left-handed and right-handed.

“I played all nine positions in (that) game and they wanted me to pitch with both hands, so I pitched with both hands,” Campaneris says matter of factly. 

(kcmetrosports.com)



Stealing Bases

Nicknamed "Road Runner", speedy shortstop Bert Campaneris led the American League in stolen bases in six seasons. Campy had 649 stolen bases over his 19 year baseball career. 


A utility player for the Yankees at 41

In 1983, at the age of 41, Campaneris returned to the big leagues as a utility infielder with the Yankees, playing for Billy Martin. He responded with a career-high .322 batting average in 60 games and solid defense at second and third base. (BaseballLibrary.com)

Coaching Baseball in Japan


"I wanted to play, but nobody picked me up, so I had to retire," he said. "I hit .322 (46-for-143) with the Yankees. I wanted to keep playing."
Finally convinced he was through as a player, Campaneris fruitlessly explored other avenues in an attempt to stay in the game.
"I also wanted to coach in the major leagues, but nobody gave me a chance," said Campaneris, who did get some jobs working with minor leaguers. "I coached two years in Japan, and we won the whole thing when I coached over there for the Seibu Lions." (SFGate)


Bert Campaneris Plays All Nine Positions In Game (Sept. 8, 1965)



Bert Campaneris Stats by Baseball Almanac

Bert Campaneris | BaseballLibrary.com



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn uses effective velocity



4/9/13: Cardinals starter Lance Lynn goes six innings, striking out 10 while allowing just one run on four hits against the Reds


Effective Velocity


Lance Lynn Effective Velocity Breakdown



Lance Lynn Fastball Usage EV View
Uses the fastball 80% of the time. Learn how he locates the 2-seam and 4-seam fastballs




Lance Lynn EV Usage EV Report
Fastball, 2 seamer, curveball, change, cutter/slide

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Top High School Switch Pitchers 2015

Switch Pitcher Henry Knight, 12:1 strike-to-walk ratio

Ambidextrous Pitchers - Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 has only a handful of switch pitchers, but they are very talented – with the skills to play multiple positions. One ambidextrous fielder has played every position for the varsity team. 

Most of these pitchers are naturally left-handed, but wanted to field other positions when they were young, so they started throwing right-handed. Plus, most ambidextrous players are solid hitters, which is becoming a trademark of this unique group.

Two switch pitchers have already signed to play in college. 

One standout ambidextrous pitcher caught the attention of two dozen coaches, but he decided to focus on studying computer science.  All of these student-athletes plan to attend universities.

This list highlights the top ambidextrous high school baseball players from the class of 2015. Sorted by last name.

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Cole Critchfield (2015) - Star Valley High School, Afton, Wyoming

Cole Critchfield is a 6'2" athlete who plays basketball and baseball. In the summer, he plays P, 1B, and OF for the Jackson Giants of the American Legion.  As a natural lefty, he hits left-handed and his primary position is first base. Velocity is 81-85 mph left-handed.


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Tyler Hopman (2015) - Old Bridge, New Jersey


Tyler Hopman
Tyler Hopman is a 6'5" switch pitcher who plays for Old Bridge High School Knights in New Jersey. In an interview, he said that he feels a lot stronger throwing lefty. Velocity is 82 mph left-handed. 

When not pitching, Hopman plays center field right-handed. He bats exclusively from the left side.


College commitment: Saint Peter's University, NJ

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Kurt Johnson (2015) - Royal High School, Simi Valley, California

Kurt Johnson
Simi Valley, California
Kurt Johnson is a 6'1" ambidextrous thrower who plays 1B and Pitcher. Johnson is listed as a BHP on Perfect Game, with an 80 mph fastball (2013). Threw a no-hitter as a freshman pitching five innings left-handed and the last two right-handed.


College commitment: Sacramento State as a LHP.


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Henry Knight (2015) - Franklin High School, Seattle, Washington

Henry Knight is a switch hitter and ambidextrous pitcher who has played every  position in high school. At 5'8", Knight is a quick infielder with an excellent glove - starting on varsity since his freshman year.

Knight also serves as a relief pitcher and closer – recording the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (12:1) in the Seattle Metro league. As a student of the game, he combines a mental approach to pitching with Perry Husband's theory of Effective Velocity to throw off the hitter's approach and timing.

As a switch hitter, he posted a 10-game hitting streak with a .640 OBP. In the past 4 years, he hit over .500 in summer ball – swinging a wood bat.

Henry Knight warming up to switch pitch in a summer game
During the summer, Knight played shortstop, second base, catcher and pitcher for the Columbia City Reds in Seattle. He posted a 0.875 ERA as a closer - helping the Reds team to a 3rd place finish in the Mickey Mantle state tournament.

Knight threw 94 strikes over 11 innings in a summer game as the starting switch pitcher. He held the hard-hitting Seattle Select team scoreless over the final nine innings in 90 degree heat.

College: Western Washington University, Computer Science


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Brett Kolacki (2015) - Bremen High School, Midlothian, Illinois

Brett Kolacki
Kolacki is a 6'5" ambidextrous pitcher at Bremen High School.  As a junior, he posted 46 strikeouts in 46.2 IP. He plays OF/INF and bats right-handed. Kolacki is naturally left-handed, but throws about the same speed with both arms. Velocity is 80-83 mph left-handed.






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