Turner ranks second in fWAR this season, and he’s in the Final Vote, along with fellow third baseman Anthony Rendon (fourth in fWAR) and reigning MVP Kris Bryant (10th). The starter at the position — Nolan Arenado — ranks ninth in the NL in fWAR. That’s rough.
If the top 18 players in the National League according to FanGraphs, five of them are third basemen. I’ve pointed out that this is a golden age of third basemen before, and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. Except that leads me to two questions:
Astros center fielder George Springer has left Houston’s game against the Phillies with left quad discomfort. Springer slipped on a play in the field during the second inning which seemed to cause the discomfort, but that is all the team is saying about the injury as of now.
Josh Reddick shifted from right field to center to replace Springer, with Nori Aoki subbing in at right for the time being.
Springer has been on a bit of a tear lately, batting .400 over the last week and driving in four runs in the process. He’s batting .310 on the season with an OPS of .973 along with 27 home runs and 66 RBI.
Oh, heck yes. I was worried that my search would be unfairly biased toward the modern player and that one of these years wouldn’t show up. Instead, welcome to 113 years ago, when shortstops were in their prime.
That’s not really true. When the 1904 season was playing, the average height of a baseball player was 5’3” and every single one of them had rickets. Stuff them into a time Cheap Soccer Jerseys Free Shipping machine, and they wouldn’t make a D-II roster. But for their time, compared to their peers, it was hard to beat these guys:
With their other offensive might Carlos Correa on the disabled list until at least early September, Houston is surely hoping Springer’s injury is indeed only discomfort and that Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball he’ll be back in the lineup soon.