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Sam Fuld's amazing defense

His bat might not be anything special, but his glove is

Updated: May 14, 2011, 1:28 PM ET
By Christian Karayannides | Baseball Info Solutions
Sam FuldIcon SMISam Fuld is better than Carl Crawford in at least one aspect of the game.

Samuel Babson (yes, Babson) Fuld has done an admirable job serving as the replacement for the departed Carl Crawford in left field for the Tampa Bay Rays this year. A throw-in as part of the Matt Garza trade, Fuld has wowed fans with his spectacular diving plays and unrelenting hustle. The Legend of Sam Fuld has generated a rabid fan following, but after hitting .396 through his first 14 games, he has gone back to hitting like, well, Sam Fuld.

His average is now down to .252, and his OPS of .683 is right around his career mark. However, that does not mean we should write him off as an every-day player. Because as bad as a hitter as Fuld might be, he's that good a fielder.