Using retrosheet play-by-play to judge historical defense. From 56-86 Whitaker was the best defensive 2nd baseman using this method – and that was only a fraction of his career. Plus Al Kaline was tops in right field.
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Dan Fox looks at those individuals who are a good candidate for a shiift (like for Big Papi, Hafner, Thome, etc). Curtis shows up on the list, but his speed and bunting threat would probably be a deterrent.
Smoking Loon Thank you very much, StorminNorman$. Still a bit more work to do, but I absolutely had to complete the series
Jim EggersUSMC Took a break from the Xmas prep stuff and read this last piece, reminded me how one sided that DS
StorminNorman$ OUTSTANDING '14 recap Loon!!!
DET has won the past two AL Central titles by 1-game... I suspect with the newly re-loaded
Ilian Georgiev Thanks for sharing score board for 9th innings i have missed this match !
Vince in MN Yup, they definitely won't be running away with it like the last couple of years.
StorminNorman$ ...for the record, and if DD would have checked with me - I'd have signed Melky Cabrera and hung on
The approx. 75-80 games against AL Central teams will be more difficult for DET this year...as opposed to the past
Vince in MN Don Kelly is available, and he can pitch relief too.