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.
KirkGibsonWannaBe At the top of my Detroit Tigers Christmas List:
The good ol' days.