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.