VIDEO: Will Ferrell fields ball in center field

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As you have probably heard by now, actor-comedian Will Ferrell is in the process of playing every position in five Cactus League games today in Arizona. The stunt is being filmed by HBO for an upcoming special from Ferrell’s company, Funny or Die. However, it’s also for a good cause, as memorabilia from the day will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to cancer charities. Our own Craig Calcaterra is on the scene for Cubs-Angels, where Ferrell just played center field for the Angels and coached third base, played first base, and even took an at-bat with the Cubs.

Courtesy of Craig, here’s video of Ferrell as he replaced Mike Trout in center field. That’s not a misprint:

Ferrell actually got an opportunity to field a ball, as Welington Castillo hit a single into center field. As you’ll see in the video below, he picked it up cleanly and hit the cut-off man. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Fun stuff. Our own Aaron Gleeman had perhaps the best reaction to Ferrell’s throw:

Ferrell didn’t get an opportunity to field a ball when he played first base with the Cubs and he struck out swinging in his at-bat, but here’s a look at Ferrell’s brief stint as a third base coach, complete with cue cards:

Ferrell still has three more games on his agenda today. We’ll pass along any relevant highlights:

5:10 p.m ET: Reds vs. Diamondbacks
7:05 p.m ET: Giants vs. White Sox
9:15 p.m. ET: Dodgers vs. Padres

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.