Nine players, nine positions, nine innings. A historic baseball first will take place on Saturday
(7/30) when nine players on the Fayetteville (NC) SwampDogs each play all nine field positions
in the course of a nine inning game.
“Our motto is ‘Where baseball is fun,’” said general manager Jeremy Aagard. “On Saturday,
it’s going to be a lot of fun as we do something that has never been done on a baseball field
Each player will rotate to a different position each inning, including pitching and catching.
The SwampDogs have acquired a left-handed catcher’s mitt to accommodate one of their
southpaw players. Everyone else will be left to their own devices and other people’s mitts as
player’s attempt positions some didn’t even know existed.
“We have infielders who’ve never been out to the outfield, and outfielders who think it’s grass
everywhere,” said Aagard. “We can pretty much guarantee that this will be a very interesting
game for the fans.
“No animals will be injured or embarrassed in the making of this game; but be rest assured
these memories will last forever for everyone.”
The game will be played at The Swamp (JP Riddle Stadium) in Fayetteville. The opposing
team, the Kernersville Bulldogs, haven’t a clue what they’re going to see.
Gates open at 6 p.m. Fun and game time is 7:05.
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, celebrating
their 16th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. In its 20th
season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South
Carolina and Virginia. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,300 alumni drafted and 88 alums
– including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League
debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For
more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at
CoastalPlain.com, and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).