Anthony Bemboom in 2020 became just the second player to both catch and pitch for the Angels.
Behind the plate was his normal job, where he started 16 games after getting recalled on August 15. Bemboom started every day from August 29 to September 3 — when Max Stassi was on the injured list and Jason Castro was getting traded — the only Angels catcher to start five straight games all season.
At the plate, Bemboom hit .208/.328/.417 with three home runs, and led Angels catchers with a 41-percent caught stealing rate, throwing out seven of 17 would-be base stealers.
But Bemboom also led the Angels in ERA in 2020, thanks to his scoreless inning on August 24. Down by seven runs to the Astros in the bottom of the eighth inning, Joe Maddon opted to save his bullpen for one inning, handing the ball instead to the catcher Bemboom.
He worked around a walk to Kyle Tucker, getting Carlos Correa, Taylor Jones, and Michael Brantley to all fly out harmlessly to complete his scoreless inning.
Stats: .208/.328/.417, 3 HR, 108 wRC+; 0.00 ERA, 1 IP
Game of the year
Since we already covered Bemboom’s pitching, we’ll pick a different game here. He was 2-for-4 with a home run in a win over the Padres on September 23 in San Diego.
Bemboom has one year, 58 days of major league service time, and has one option year remaining, having used options in 2019 and 2020.