Utility infielders and utility outfielders have become extremely valuable resources in the game of baseball. For the Indians over the years, players such as John McDonald and Jamey Carroll have established themselves as key bench players. Players such as ex-Detroit Tiger’s uber-utility players Tony Phillips and ex-Angel and current Mariner Chone Figgins have re-invented the position.
Phillips became the first player to start ten games at five different positions, while Figgins started 35+ games at third base, centerfield and second all in the same season. The Indians have utilized several players in a similar fashion over the years. Most recently, Jamey Carroll had found time at second and third base right and left field. Prior to Carroll, Casey Blake carried the uber-utility slot for the Tribe, playing third and first base, right and left field, as well as DH during his tenure with the Tribe. He started at third base for the Tribe in 2003 and 2004, moved to the outfield for 2005 and 2006, then moved back to third base for 2007 and most of 2008.
Throughout his tenure, he periodically started at the other positions. Unfortunately for Blake, he doesn’t qualify for the All-Aught slot because he started most games at one position from year to year. Even though Carroll should qualify, I’m excluding him because he didn’t play much outfield, and really didn’t play much outfield in his tenure with the Tribe. Besides, Carroll is already a part of this team.
So I’m going all homer on this one.