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Old 09-27-2014, 10:36 PM
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Default History of great shortstops in baseball

The shortstop position in baseball was never anything other than fielding for the longest time. Larry Bowa for the Philliies, Mark Belanger for the Orioles, I am interested in what you guys had in the late 60's, 70's as who was a great SS for the team you idolized.

Obviously the game changed and many great people played the position over the last 30 years in a new way that made the position much more important.

Cal Ripken Jr., one of many of the new generation who redefined the game, was much like Derek Jeter. I guess the big difference would be that he ended up switching to third base, Jeter stayed at short.

The similarities in Cal and Derek are strikingly similar, both had several areas of strength that wavered on rare occasion. Cal was a better long ball hitter, Derek was a better base runner.

When ball players like these two come along, we sometimes take them for granted, but these two guys never hung us out to dry.

True heroes that our children can be proud to idolize, true people that we as parents like to see our children try to emulate, genuine individuals who prove that it takes a team to win a contest, rare opportunity for all of us to keep faith that there is a purpose.

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Old 09-28-2014, 06:58 AM
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Default Re: History of great shortstops in baseball

I do think of Cal when I think of Jeter.

I believe both represent the end of an Era. Cal also was a man of great integrity, at least from afar I can't think of anything he ever did "wrong", on or off the field.

Ozzie was a great no hit SS... enjoyed watching him play as much as anyone in my lifetime at the position

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Smith , Ripken, Jeter can be debatable until the earth stops turning . To be very fair ( before the ESPN age ) we read the news paper a day late . Possible watch the game of the week or when they came to town.

To go by stats alone is no way to end the mold of three different Short Stops . Do we judge by Batt .average , fielding pct. W.S. appearances a lot of stats do not show the true ball player they were .

He is one for thought Smith played on AstroTurf most of his career ..most would tell you that is the last place any infielder would play .

I have to go on the fence :
Smith best fielder
Ripken best long ball hitter
Jeter clutch fielding or bat
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I would agree with that assessment of the 3 as well
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