Notable utility players in baseball, capable of playing most baseball positions include César Tovar, Honus Wagner, Derrel Thomas, Rex Hudler, B.J. Surhoff, Mike Brumley, Chone Figgins, Ryan Freel, Denny Hocking, José Macías, Joe McEwing, Mark McLemore, Pablo Ozuna, Desi Relaford, B.J. Upton, Omar Infante, Scott Spiezio, Eric Bruntlett and Luis Salazar. Cookie Rojas, Bert Campaneris and Jose Oquendo both played every position (including pitcher) during their respective careers.
Tony Phillips was the first player to start 10 games at five different positions in the same season.
In softball, a utility player is a player who can play several positions but can also bat well. Coaches often look for such players to bat as clean-up or 5th in the lineup.
Examples of notable utility players include:
Several other players advocated to be utility players but were denied this by coaching staff, these include Jim McMahon (quarterback/drop kicker, Chicago Bears) and Eric Moulds (wide receiver/cornerback/kick returner, Buffalo Bills). Doug Flutie, as a member of the New England Patriots, famously switched from quarterback to kicker for one extra-point play in 2006, to deliver the first drop kick in the NFL in sixty years. Bills fullback Cookie Gilchrist also did kicking duties until the signing of Pete Gogolak, and lobbied unsuccessfully to play defense as well.
The tackle eligible is a special form of utility player; examples of those who used this play notably include the aforementioned Jason Peters, Warren Sapp, Jumbo Elliott, and Anthony Muñoz. Another example of a type of utility player is the halfback option play, in which a running back performs the passing duties of a quarterback; Walter Payton, LaDanian Tomlinson and most recently Ronnie Brown have used this play multiple times. Note that generally, a player who plays one regular position as well as special teams is usually not considered a utility player, nor are hybrid running back/wide receivers such as Reggie Bush; only those who play two distinct offensive and/or defensive positions are considered such, as are those who play an offensive or defensive position and in addition kick or punt.
Notable examples include:
For a more comprehensive list, see: Football (soccer) utility players.
Utility player Hocking seeks permanent address; Denny Hocking's days as a jack of all trades might be over with the Twins' need for an everyday shortstop.(SPORTS)
Mar 02, 1999; Have glove will travel. From short to second to third to the outfield - he can catch in an emergency, too - Denny Hocking has...