Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Little Baseball News for Sox Fans

According to Peter Gammons the Sox are considering moving Dustin Pedroia to the other side of second. There are more quality second basemen available than short stops so the logic of filling the position with a shift of Pedroia is sound. I look at Michael Young from Texas as a prime example of a player bouncing around positions due to need or primadonnas and maintaining an All-Star performance level.

My only qualm with the move is that, if it is made, we wont hear the end of the gritty, gutty, team-centric, short but giant spirited, one of a kind, man with the hand eye coordination (seriously Gammons they all have awesome hand eye coordination, that's the only way you can play baseball at the MLB level) of a god Dustin Pedroia.

8 comments:

Joey said...

The best news about this story is now there is an opening for a young quality 2nd Baseman from Connecticut named Joe Collin.

Peter said...

You think Fenway Park is ready for that tomahawk swing of yours?

Rob A from BBD said...

Does he have the arm strength to play short?

Dennis said...

I think Rob A makes a good point. Pedroia came up as a shortstop, and if he was a good one, they would have kept him there.

His offensive numbers are going to be good at either position, but I think making an above average fielding 2B a below average fielding SS is a bad idea.

If someone were injured, and he was filling in for a few weeks, that would be fine, but as a permanent move this just doesn't make much sense.

Dan said...

I read that the reason he was moved to second was a result of him being too bulky, limiting his range. Pedroia admitted that it was a mistake, gaining all that weight to try to be more of a power hitter. I think he can be a capable SS. Will he win a Gold Glove like he did at 2B? That remains to be seen.

Peter said...

I agree with Dennis. He played there and then the Sox moved him to short. It isn't like they had A-Rod there and they needed to find a spot for him. They looked at both and decided he would be better at 2nd.

I think that he could be a stopgap at short if it was necessary during the season for maybe a week or two but for a whole season it would hurt a lot defensively.

Dennis said...

Dan, you just made my point. He is a gold glove 2B, why would you move him?

Joey said...

It is all a moot point now.