jake_harv88 wrote: Matthias wrote:
jake_harv88 wrote:Also I would like to point out that Arod wouldn't be a much better SS at this point in his career. He's been a pretty poor 3B the past few years...
He's been a pretty poor 3B because he's a natural SS. What you're saying is, "I would like to point out that this new fishing pole is a hunk of junk. I tried shooting a bear with it and the bear didn't even flinch."
Hm, before you start treating me like I'm stupid you should listen up.
Ok. I'm all ears.
jake_harv88 wrote:Arod is turning 33, it wouldn't be surprising to see his defense decline more and more each year.
Jeter is turning 34.
jake_harv88 wrote:Thats typically what happens to 33 yr olds who aren't defensive specialists like Omar Vizquel.
jake_harv88 wrote:Arod has been playing 3B for 3 years now, to suggest that he can just switch back to SS and be just as good is almost as ridiculous as your fishing pole comment.
So if he's 33, then he probably played SS for... 22 years? 21? What do you think? I bet with an off-season spent taking grounders and work in Spring Training he could be back to form, no? Although, as Noggy pointed out, he has bulked up some since he last played short, so maybe not. But it would be at least worth checking out. In 2003, the last year that they both played SS, Jeter was 3rd from the bottom of shortstops in Fielder %age, last in zone rating, and last in range factor. Rodriguez was first in Fielding %age, 9th in zone rating, and 9th in range factor.
jake_harv88 wrote:Its pretty clear that Arod would not be a better defensive SS than Jeter at this point in his career.
I don't see how this is at all clear. Nothing you've said really suggests this.
jake_harv88 wrote:Maybe if Arod were still in his 20s
Or if Jeter were still in his 20s?
jake_harv88 wrote:and Jeter was declining ,as he is now,
My favorite part of your whole post. Maybe if Jeter was declining, which he is... did you just tack that on at the end to look evenhanded? "I would pay you if it was Tuesday, which it is" ... just too funny.
jake_harv88 wrote:I might agree but thats obviously not happening...
What? A-Rod turning back time to be in his 20s? No. Probably not happening. Although my deep pithy thought of the month a year or two ago was, "If time travel ever becomes possible, it becomes always possible" so... you never know.
In any case, to say that a player who has spent their career at one position is having problems at a new position, makes them unfit to move back to their old position, is just silliness itself.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.