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Jeff Eure ('01) Plays Every Position For Huntsville

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Release: September 05, 2006
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Sept. 5, 2006

by Michael Echan/Minor League Baseball.com

HUNTSVILLE, AL-- Jeff Eure ('01) played all nine positions on the field and got the save during AA Huntsville's 1-0 win over Birmingham Monday. Huntsville is the Milwaukee's Brewers AA affiliate.

Jeff Eure led ODU in 2001 with 40 RBI and seven home runs. He also earned CoSIDA Third team Academic All-American honors.

Huntsville's Eure and Birmingham's Michael Myers took multi-tasking to a new level at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. They played a different position in every inning, with both of them ending up on the mound in the ninth frame.

Eure's trip around the diamond started behind the plate at catcher. He went around the horn in the infield from first to third base before playing left, center and right fields in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings respectively. He completed his first-ever save for a three-hit shutout.

This wasn't the first time Eure played every position in a game.

"A similar thing happened back in 2002 while I was playing for [Rookie Ball] Ogden," he said. "We had already locked up a playoff spot, so we decided to a have a little bit of fun then."

On Sept. 1, 2002, Eure wasn't able to find the zone when he got to the mound. He walked the only batter he faced in the game.

"I decided on doing this last night," Stars manager Don Money said. "I had him back about three years ago in Ogden and he did the same thing for us then, so I knew he could do it again. The biggest thing for a position player when they get on the mound is to be able to throw strikes and he was able to do that for us today."

Eure, who spent most of the season at first or third base, went 1-for-4. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed a leadoff double from Chris Amador before he retired his last three batters in the ninth. The final two went down on strikes for the save.

"We were just all smiles and laughing, especially when we saw Myers doing the same thing for them on the other side," Eure laughed. "It's pretty neat when you think about it. I guess that's a record that can only be tied, unless a whole team starts doing it."

Barons manager Chris Cron's decision to do the same with Myers was more of a spur-of-the-moment choice for the final game of the season.

"This really came to fruition about an hour before the game started," Cron said. "But to make this go through, I had to make sure that this wouldn't cast a negative light on the ballclub or come off like a complete joke. The main thing about this was to reward Michael for being so valuable for us after playing seven different positions for us already this year.

"I wanted to make this a game and have everyone have fun out there, the way this game is supposed to be played. I didn't tell him until about half an hour before the game, and that just fired him right up. He's just that kind of a player: really enthusiastic and a good athlete. He'd never caught a live game, but he usually catches our pitchers' bullpen sessions. The only thing I was concerned about was deciding when was the right time to have him go out to pitch."

The 26-year-old Myers, who spent most of his season at shortstop, began the game at his customary position, but hopped back and forth from the infield to the outfield. He crouched behind the plate in the sixth, then spent the next two innings at first and third respectively before ending up on the mound with a 1-2-3 ninth. At the plate, Myers was 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Huntsville (43-26) scored the only run of the game in the second when Ozzie Chavez reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Jack Egbert. One out later, Travis Ezi ripped an RBI double to right field.

Callix Crabbe was 2-for-4 with a double, and Ezi manned all three outfield positions in the game. Reliever Joe Thatcher (1-0) picked up the victory with two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

Leadoff man Christopher Getz was the only other Birmingham batter with a base hit. Egbert (0-2) was the hard-luck loser for the Barons (28-40) after allowing an unearned run on six hits and without any walks while fanning six batters over five innings.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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