5 MLB Shortstops to Watch in 2014
There is no room for argument — shortstop is the coolest position on a baseball team. At least, that’s how it appears when you’re first learning how to play the game. It acts as an informal pecking order as to the most- and the least-athletic. The slower kids who can’t throw well? Right field. Nothing ever happens in right field. It is the no-horse town of the baseball diamond.
Shortstop? Everything happens around the shortstop. That’s where the action is. The shortstop doesn’t stand at a base and can move from the outfield into the pitcher’s mound. It’s the duct-tape of the fielding team — looked upon to fix almost everything when it goes wrong. Unless the MLB ever sees a dramatic rise in the numbers of left-handed hitters, the shortstop is going to be an integral part of a baseball team at every level for the foreseeable future.
So let’s take a gander at the five shortstops who are most worthy of our attention, shall we? First, though, a shout out to Derek Jeter (pictured above), who should be watched because he’s wrapping up what will certainly be a legendary career this season. For that reason, and because it’s fun to root against the Yankees, everyone should tune in to see Jeets’s last ride. He’s our bonus pick for this list.