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Will Ferrell to play 9 positions in spring training games

03/12/2015 12:07 EDT | Updated 05/12/2015 05:59 EDT
You can bet Major League Baseball’s new pace of play initiatives will be abused Wednesday at no fewer than five Cactus League parks.

That’s because Will Ferrell, who some consider the king of comedy or funniest athlete in the world, will be suiting up for 10 teams and playing nine different positions.

The event will be filmed for an upcoming HBO special in conjunction with the Funny or Die website co-founded by Ferrell, and the comedian is dedicating the special to fighting cancer.

Ferrell, who has played comic sports figures in Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory and Semi-Pro, will also honour the historic feat of Bert Campaneris, who on Sept. 8, 1965 played all nine positions for the Kansas City Athletics. Campaneris is expected to be with Ferrell as the actor begins his journey Wednesday.

Ferrell’s goal is to help organizations like Cancer for College, a charity formed in 1993 to help individuals affected by cancer realize their dreams of a college education.

Ferrell will travel via helicopter in Arizona, visiting ballparks in Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and Peoria.

His game action begins at 3:05 p.m. PT with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa.

Ferrell will then move on to the Chicago Cubs-LosAngeles Angels contest at Tempe Diablo Stadium at 4:10.

From there, Ferrell will dress for the Cincinnati Reds (see player card below) as they visit Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale against the Arizona Diamondbacks at 5:10 p.m.

He then shares time playing for San Francisco and the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch in Glendale at 7:05 p.m. before ending his day in Peoria, where the Los Angeles Dodgers battle the “Stay classy” San Diego Padres at 9:15 p.m.

In May 2010, Ferrell took the mound for the Houston Astros’ AAA affiliate in Round Rock, Tex., and was at his comedic best, digging into his bag of tricks before 10,149, team’s biggest crowd of the season.

In the middle of the seventh inning, Ferrell sang Take Me Out To the Ball Game, the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, and sat with radio announcers for a half-inning before leaving the ballpark.

Expect game action to be interrupted frequently Wednesday as Ferrell entertains thousands, for a good cause.

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