Ranking the best shortstops
January, 22, 2008
My, how things have changed in the Wonderful World of Shortstops. Remember five years ago, when Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and perhaps Miguel Tejada all looked like Hall of Fame shortstops? Today, only Jeter remains a shorstop and only he and Rodriguez remain future Hall of Famers. Which should, if nothing else, suggest just how dicey the prognosticating business can be. So how do we sort out the best shortstops of the next five years? We do the best we can and hope for the best. Last season, 27 shortstops played at least 100 games at the position, and 16 of them were in their 20s. With the exception of Omar Vizquel, all the rest were in their early 30s (which makes Vizquel's longevity all the more impressive).