Hancock's coach Dick Bruich explained the approach to The Times afterward.
"We've done that 'switch quarterbacks' every game this year," Bruich told The Times. "Hancock is our relief pitcher."
Hancock was also an actual Fontana High School pitcher. Soon, he'd be an actual professional pitcher, though a starter and not a reliever.
Hancock's professional playing career lasted nearly a decade, but he never made the majors.
Hancock's playing career began in 1988, taken by the Giants in the second round of the draft out of Fontana High.
With the Giants, Hancock started at rookie Pocatello. He went 2-5 in 11 starts, with an 8.86 ERA.
He then split 1989 between short-season Everett and single-A Clinton and played most of 1990 at Clinton. His 1990 season, limited to 19 outings, 18 starts, resulted in a 11-3 record and a 2.21 ERA.
After getting just nine starts in 1991 at high-A San Jose, Hancock made AA Shreveport for the first time in 1992.
Hancock made AAA in 1994, getting nine outings, one start, at Phoenix. He went 1-0, with a 7.71 ERA and played the rest of the year at Shreveport.
He moved to the Marlins system for 1995, getting just four outings there. He played the rest of the year in independent ball between Tyler and Aleandria.
His final season came in 1996 at Tyler. He went 2-7 in 12 outings, nine starts, with a 6.47 ERA, ending his career.
- Los Angeles Times, Nov. 22, 1986: Weak Half Spells End for Servite
Made the Majors: 877 - 46.2%
Never Made Majors: 1,022-53.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 374
10+ Seasons in the Minors:218