The historical significance of Yonder Alonso playing first, second and third in one game

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

And wouldn't you know it... That sort of thing doesn't happen a whole lot.

On Wednesday night, Yonder Alonso did something that only 15 other players in the history of baseball have ever done: Play first, second and third base all in a single game. I have dubbed this the "1-2-3 Club".

Some sort of credit has to go to Bud Black for ever allowing this situation to happen as well. As a not-often-referenced unwritten rule of baseball, this sort of thing shouldn't really happen much at all, if ever, so it's not surprising that it's happened less than 20 times over the course of thousands of games and over a hundred years of baseball.

According to Baseball Reference, the last time this heroic (albeit not-very-well-planned-out) feat was even attempted (and therefore, accomplished) was way back in 2010, when Ben Zobrist did it for the Tampa Bay Rays in a game against the Yankees. 2010 was also the most popular year for this dubious tactic as it was the only year in which it had been done more than once; Adam Kennedy did it in a game for the Nationals against the Rockies.

The only team that's ever had more than one player do this in their history is the Philadelphia Phillies (Kevin Jordan in 1997 and Tony Taylor in 1967). That tells you something about the Phillies (namely that they like to do stupid things more than once. Heyooo).

Interestingly, Brad Ausmus accomplished the feat, except one better when he played first, second, third and catcher in a single game for Texas against the Minnesota Twins in the year 2000. Brad Ausmus is the only player in the history of baseball to have done exactly that, which is interesting. Knowing Brad Ausmus the way I do (which is to say, not at all), he probably did this to impress a girl. Almost like saying, "Oh hey. Those other guys may get to first, second and/or third base, but I can bring it home"... Or something.

The full list (minus Brad Ausmus because he's a horny showoff):

Rk

Player

Date

Tm

Opp

Rslt

1

Yonder Alonso

4/10/13

SDP

LAD

L 3-4

2

Ben Zobrist

9/23/10

TBR

NYY

W 10-3

3

Adam Kennedy

4/21/10

WSN

COL

W 6-4

4

Jason Wood

9/16/07

FLA

COL

L 0-13

5

Kevin Jordan

9/28/97

PHI

FLA

W 8-7

6

Jeff King

8/19/96

PIT

HOU

L 1-2

7

John Jaha

8/24/93

MIL

OAK

W 7-6

8

Jose Oquendo

6/27/88

STL

MON

L 3-6

9

Bobby Grich

9/18/85

CAL

CHW

W 9-3

10

Dave Stapleton

9/17/80

BOS

CLE

L 5-6

11

Kurt Bevacqua

10/1/77

TEX

OAK

W 6-5

12

Chris Speier

8/21/76

SFG

MON

W 5-4

13

Chico Salmon

9/13/69

BAL

CLE

W 10-5

14

Tony Taylor

7/2/67

PHI

SFG

W 8-7

15

Vic Power

8/20/64

LAA

DET

W 4-3

There's a really good Who's On First joke that I'm missing, but will save for another day.

Go Padres.

UPDATE: As TTG notes in the comments, there are a handful of players who have played all nine positions in a single game. Four to be exact: Shane Halter in 2000, Scott Sheldon also in 2000, Cesar Tovar in 1968 and Bert Campaneris in 1965. I didn't include them originally because those are just people doing it to do. And, as anybody with a child can attest, you try not to pay attention to certain behaviors because it reinforces them. Baseball is a serious thing, people. No room for showboats and goof-offs.

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