Justin Toole had already played five different positions this year for the Single-A Carolina Mudcats, and on Saturday his manager figured he might as well complete the feat and try his hand, er, glove, at every position on the diamond.
So Toole, 25, started the game against the Salem Red Sox in right field, moved to center in the second inning and left field in the third. In the fourth inning Toole played first base, and he moved his way across the infield over the next three innings. He played behind the plate in the eighth inning and closed the game on the mound. Afterwards, he tweeted an image which featured a photo of him playing each position.
"My manager ... came up to me at the beginning of the year and asked me where I could play. I told him, 'Anywhere,' and he came up to me later and said I'd play all nine positions later this year," Toole told MiLB.com. "I kind of laughed [at the time], but as the season was winding down, he picked tonight and we ran with it."
The team deemed the game "Toole Time" in honor of Toole's incredibly versatility throughout the year (before the game he had played every infield position as well as left field). Toole even took part in the pre-game broadcast and brought the lineup card out to the umpires.
For the most part, Toole's evening went smoothly. He said he was most nervous about playing catcher, but he caught a perfect eighth inning that included two strikeouts. He struggled on the mound, giving up back-to-back homers, but he managed to hold Salem scoreless for the rest of the inning and helped the Mudcats pull out a 4-2 victory.
Toole, who has appeared with both the Double-A and Triple-A Cleveland Indians affiliates this year, went 1-for-4 at the plate on Saturday.
(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)