Five Cactus League games had a unique twist Thursday as Hollywood actor Will Ferrell suited up for 10 teams, played all nine positions (10 if you include designated hitter) in a whirlwind of a day.
Ferrell’s efforts were in conjunction with an HBO special from Funny Or Die in partnership with Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer. His day began with the Oakland Athletics and concluded with the San Diego Padres.
Prior to finishing his night in right field for Padres, Ferrell took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning. He needed just one pitch to get Rico Noel to bunt back to the mound and the 47-year-old right-hander was promptly removed from the game by Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
With scouts in attendance at each of Ferrell’s games, they offered their assessment on the actor-turned-prospect. Via AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, scout Brad Kelley had this to say about Ferrell’s relief appearance for the Dodgers:
You know what, he actually showed some serious coordination and balance out there,” the scout said. Kelley went one step further, calling Ferrell “the next Sidd Finch, except he’s real.” Finch was a fictional character made up as an April Fool’s Day prank in 1985. He was said to be a prospect with a 168-mph fastball and pinpoint control. SCOUT’S GRADE: 50
Ferrell attempted to convinced Mattingly to leave him in the game, but the manager refused and Ferrell angrily made his way to the Dodgers dugout.