The game of baseball is filled with clear-cut distinctions. Fair or foul. Ball or strike. Safe or out. Left-handed or right-handed. Pitcher or position player.
But throughout its history the sport has been marked by exceptions to some of these rules, notable for their rarity.
For the most part, players choose a career path early on. They establish themselves and their place in the game by adopting particular stances, motions and especially positions. And while there are countless examples of players moving around the diamond because of versatility or out of necessity, only a few have made the transition from pitcher to another position.
It's a rare achievement in part because pitchers have traditionally been the best athletes. If you could make it there, you could make it anywhere. And if you couldn't, you didn't necessarily have the skill set to make it anywhere else.
But the dozen players on this list proved that it is possible to re-invent oneself and enjoy success after pitching. Starting with the game's early days, here are the top 12 players to make the transition from pitcher to another position.