Marlins Reliever Chris Hatcher Becomes First Player in 75 Years to Pitch in Majors After Breaking In as Catcher


Art Doll, eat your heart out.

Chris Hatcher became the first player since Doll to appear in a major league game as a pitcher after breaking into the big leagues as a catcher when the 26-year-old right-hander pitched a perfect inning in relief Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

Hatcher, who debuted behind the plate on Sept. 26, 2010, was converted to a reliever by the Florida Marlins this offseason. A few months later, he made history on the mound at the National League's oldest ballpark.

"Where else to do it than Wrigley Field?" Hatcher told after the Marlins' 13-3 win. "The prestige and heritage of this park is unbelievable. To be able to come in and throw the ball well and get three outs, it's what everybody dreams of."

Doll, the last player to accomplish the feat, appeared as a pitcher with the Boston Braves in 1936 after playing three games as a catcher with the Braves in 1935.

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