SS Ben Zobrist, 2B Ben Zobrist and 1B Ben Zobrist

Most teams have 6 to 8 starting pitchers listed on their official depth charts at this early point in the 2013 MLB offseason, but few teams list one player as a starter at three locations on the field. And that is because few teams — only one, as far as league records show — have Ben Zobrist on their roster:

Here is the team’s projected lineup:

1. LF Desmond Jennings
2. SS Ben Zobrist
3. 1B Ben Zobrist
4. 3B Evan Longoria
5. 2B Ben Zobrist
6. RF Matt Joyce
7. DH Ben Francisco
8. C Jose Molina
9. CF Sam Fuld

The NotGraphs team contact the MLB front office to get their impressions of Joe Maddon’s latest scheming. G.R. Palloncino, Assistant Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and direct subordinate of Joe Torre, told us that, “[Maddon] has not officially submitted or indicated any intentions to Bugs-Bunny his lineup, [but] precedent does allow for a number of roster peculiarities.”

When asked directly if the league would disallow the Rays from using ghost runners in the event Ben Zobrist gets a base hit immediately before he has to bat again, Palloncino offered a coy smile and said, “Ain’t no rules says a dog can’t play basketball.”




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14 Responses to “SS Ben Zobrist, 2B Ben Zobrist and 1B Ben Zobrist”

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  1. suicide squeeze says:

    That’s nothing. Ryan Sweeney was the A’s entire outfield last offseason. That man has some range.

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  2. Kris says:

    Zobrist and Zobrist should be seeing more fastballs considering the protection they’re getting from Zobrist and Longoria, respectively.

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  3. KCDaveInLA says:

    He could hit himself into his own double play, a feat that was only done previously by Alex Rodriguez.

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  4. Rey22 says:

    That’s actually a pretty good lineup. Ben Zobrist is well protected.

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  5. Robert J. Baumann says:

    Against LH starters, you might even see Ben Zobrist RF get into the lineup in place of Matt Joyce.

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  6. AC of DC says:

    It’s one hell of a 6-4-3 to see turned.

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  7. Preston says:

    And now I watched the entire film “Air Bud”

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  8. Sociology Degreer says:

    Just another antiquated notion that middle infielders can’t hit 3rd. How long must we continue to bat 1st basemen in the middle of the order simply because of their position?

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