Hobbes wrote:Havok1517 wrote:George_Foreman wrote:Furcal's arm would be soooooooo much less valuable anywhere that's not SS. To move him to 2B would be moronic and 3B only marginally better.
A good arm is most valuable at short because the ball gets to third basemen quicker, giving them more time for the throw, and second basemen have a shorter distance to throw it. The combination of the ball taking longer to get to the fielder, long throws from the hole, a further distance to throw the ball and the quickness needed for double plays mean that a strong arm is most valuable at shortstop.
Yeah, I get that. But on this team with a healthy Izturis, Furcal and his arm still isn't as good as Izturis's glove and instincts. Would you rather have Shawn Dunstun or Omar Visquel playing SS??? A very similar comparison.