Actor Ferrell to suit up for Padres, nine other clubs today

'Anchorman' star honoring Campaneris, raising money for cancer charities

Actor Ferrell to suit up for Padres, nine other clubs today

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Actor Will Ferrell will play an inning for the Padres at a still-to-be-designated position today in their 9:15 p.m. ET game against the Dodgers at Peoria Stadium. And he'll do the same for the Dodgers.

The game will cap a day in which Ferrell will tour five sites in the Cactus League beginning with the Mariners against the A's at Hohokam Stadium and play a different position on the field for each of the 10 teams, plus some off the field.

"I'll probably say this again [today], when I say, 'Hey, Will,' five guys are going to turn around," Padres manager Bud Black said. 'Hey, Will, get loose?' It could be Ferrell.

"I don't know when he's going to bat. It depends on what happens during the course of the game. I don't know when he's showing up or where he's going to play."

Ferrell's doing it for a new HBO Funny or Die special that is being produced in conjunction with Major League Baseball and will air later this year. Ferrell is dedicating his work to the fight against cancer as well as honoring the feat of infielder Bert Campaneris, who played all nine positions on the field in a single game for the then Kansas City A's on Sept. 8, 1965, against the Angels. There was no DH in the game during that era.

Ferrell's historic day, which will be covered on social media using #FerrellTakesTheField, will also feature MLB players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.

"Spring Training affords an appropriate setting where our game can serve as the backdrop for an event that will benefit organizations that fight cancer," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Will is a big fan of our game, and many of us in baseball -- among our clubs, players and our millions of fans -- are big fans of his. Major League Baseball is happy to take part in what will surely be a fun and memorable day for a great cause."

Ferrell's goal is to honor "Campy" Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College. Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer to realize their dream of a college education.

He'll also appear for the Cubs and Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Reds and D-backs at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and the Giants and White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

"I think it will be fun," Black said. "I think it will be good for the group and good for the fans. The fans will get wind of it during the game, if they haven't already heard about it already during the course of the day. I like that he's sort of ending with us.

"He should be thirsty. Maybe postgame have a beverage with him. Wouldn't that be fun? A couple of brewskies with Will?"

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.