A Quick Note on the Boston Shortstop “Controversy”

by Sully on March 28, 2012

in Red Sox

Nick Cafardo’s cynical declaration that the Red Sox have once again prioritized offense at the shortstop position by opting for Mike Aviles over Jose Iglesias warrants a quick review of what a baseball position player’s job is. The player needs to create runs on offense and save them on defense. The player at his position who cumulatively does both best in a given franchise’s employ should see the most action on the Big League field. This shouldn’t be controversial, it shouldn’t be hard to understand, but here we are.

Jose Iglesias’s demotion amounts to prioritizing offense the same way Jon Lester pitching instead of Tim Wakefield amounts to prioritizing velocity. It paints an incomplete picture.

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Matt Sullivan March 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Spot on. I still want to know where this impression that Aviles is Derek Jeter-bad at short stop is coming from. He might be average, he might be better than average, but I see zero evidence that he is terrible defensively.

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Jake March 29, 2012 at 6:07 am

But…but…but…the SHORTSTOP HOLE, Sully! We can’t have balls just…TRICKLING through there! Not to mention all the pop-ups that will fall for base hits now!

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Nick March 29, 2012 at 6:23 am

“Jose Iglesias’s demotion amounts to prioritizing offense the same way Jon Lester pitching instead of Tim Wakefield amounts to prioritizing velocity.”

Pure gold, love it.

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