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Hatcher finds success at new position

Former catcher Chris Hatcher discusses his debut as a pitcher.
Former catcher Chris Hatcher discusses his debut as a pitcher.
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The Florida Marlins' Chris Hatcher became the first player in 75 years Saturday to debut as a pitcher the year after debuting as a catcher.

The last man to do it was Art Doll for the Boston Braves in 1936, MLB.com reported.

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Hatcher, 26, struck out Kosuke Fukodome on a 94mph fastball to complete a perfect eighth inning as the Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 13-3 at Wrigley Field.

"Where else to do it than Wrigley Field?" Hatcher said. "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."

Hatcher went hitless in six at-bats when he appeared in four games as a catcher following his Sept. 26 debut last year. He converted to a reliever in the offseason and the Marlins recalled him from Double-A Jacksonville on July 8.

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