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Thursday, June 21, 2007


Red Sox Shortstops-S.O.S.

Significant Sox Shortstops Since 2004


Short Facts:
Defensive whiz Alex Gonzalez has more homeruns than David Ortiz going into 6/20 games...

Edgar Renteria made 30 errors for the Sox in 2005, but only 13 in 2006 in his All-Star Braves season...He is hitting over .330 with 10 HRs and hits 3rd in the Braves lineup on his way to another All-Star appearance...

Orlando Cabrera made just 5 errors for the Angels in 2005 and 16 in 2006, while continuing to show very good range and a knack for getting the big hit...

Pokey Reese is out of baseball due to personal problems...

Nomar Garciaparra declined a 4-year $48 million contract with the Sox in 2003, was hurt in 2004 and subsequently wound up signing a series of 1 year deals with the Cubs($10 million) and Dodgers($6 mill base plus earned another $4 mill in incentives), before signing a 2 year, $18.5 million contract this offseason to remain with LA following his comeback player of the year award in 2006...Nomar essentially cost himself $9.5 million by not signing the then below market deal with the Sox...

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Without a doubt, finding or developing a consistent all-star caliber shortstop is no easy feat. They are sadly few and far between. What the prior diatribe elucidates is not the inability to recognize talent, (have we also forgotten about Hanley Ramirez?), it is simply the inability to HOLD ON to it. This position is not only one of the toughest defensive positions, but one which most clubs, especially big money A.L. clubs, want some substantial offensive production from. And there are few players unfortunately that can deliver both. Can't we convert an all-star third baseman, a younger one, to be an all-star shortstop considering the shortage? At least, can't we HANG ON to one for awhile anyway...?
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