Position players pitching is one of those baseball oddities I get a kick out of seeing. It's not a tactic you like your favorite team to resort to, as it's usually used when on the receiving end of a beatdown. At least it adds some levity to what would otherwise be a dismal loss.
For some reason, I was wondering how many times the Padres have put a position player on the mound. Recalling a couple of occasions but knowing there had to be more, I consulted BR's list of non-pitchers who have pitched. After a few dozen tabs opened just to be sure, along with a nice batch of double-checking, it turns out seven position players have pitched in a total of nine games for the Padres through the years. All nine games, as you might suspect, were losses.
Dane Iorg was the first of the seven. A corner outfielder and occasional first baseman for ten major league seasons, Iorg made two appearances on the mound for the 1986 Padres. His first, and the first for the team, was on June 23. He was brought in for the eighth inning down 14-1 to the Giants and promptly gave up four more runs on two singles and two homers. He got three outs, though, including one strikeout.
Iorg fared better his second time on the hill. On August 30, 1986, 67 days after his last time, he pitched the seventh and eighth innings of a 10-1 loss to Montreal. This time he allowed only a single and no runs, lowering his lifetime ERA to an even 12.00.
Less than a year later, with Larry Bowa having replaced Steve Boros as manager, another position player was put on the mound twice in one season. Luis Salazar pitched the eighth innings of losses at Houston and Cincinnati on June 10 and July 29, 1987. He gave up only a walk his first time out but got touched for a run by the Reds. He allowed a single and a double, bringing in a run on a wild pitch. Between the two games, his ERA stands at 4.50.
Outfielder Darrin Jackson became the third on May 26, 1991. He was brought in by manager Greg Riddoch for the final two innings of a 13-3 loss at Houston. Jackson gave up two runs; one driven in and one scored by future Padre Steve Finley. Coincidentally, Finley would go on to pitch a scoreless inning for the 2001 Diamondbacks.
Position Players Who Have Pitched For The Padres
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