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Don Kelly Wears The Crown Once Again July 9, 2011

Posted by tomflesher in Baseball.
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As reigning Utility King, I didn’t think Don Kelly could do much more to impress me. It seems I was wrong.

I’m not sure how I missed it, but about a week ago, Kelly made a fool of me for saying that he had played every position except catcher. I can’t say it much better than Samara Pearlstein did at Roar of the Tigers, though:

There was only one option left, and that option was the infinitely versatile Don Kelly. This season alone he has played every outfield position, first base, third base, DH, and pitcher– and now catcher. In previous seasons he has seen (brief) time at second base and shortstop as well.

(The photo is courtesy Samara’s ridiculously generous sharing policy. Thanks!)

… so is Brandon Inge angry about Don Kelly taking his emergency catcher job? For whatever reason, Jim Leyland ruled that out in the spring, so it looks like Kelly has taken over as the Tigers’ top utilityman.

Kelly last played shortstop for the Pirates in 2007 and second base for the Tigers in 2009. In addition to playing both sides of the battery, he’s played first, third, left, center, right, and designated hitter, and he’s been used as a pinch hitter and a pinch runner this year.