This is another post where you are going to have to trust me for a few minutes, but it should make sense by the end.
The other day, I wrote about a trio of 2012 St. Louis Cardinals being among tallest at the second base position in team history.
There was a related story which would have been lost in the longer initial article, so I am instead sharing it here.
In the process of discussing how to define which players should be considered legitimate second basemen versus brief pretenders, researcher Tom Orf reminded me of a most unusual situation.
Current Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire, then better known as the slugger Big Mac, was once written into former second baseman Tony La Russa’s Cardinals lineup at second base.
While I remembered it vaguely, I was interested enough to wander off from the topic at hand to conduct my own research into this interesting side subject. The boxscores quickly provided a reminder that La Russa did it, not once, but four times late in the 2000 sea...