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April 3, 2014

Skewed Left

The Revolving Door Rankings

by Zachary Levine


When Derek Jeter took the field for the season opener at Minute Maid Park, it was the first time since 1996 that he’d done so coming off a year in which he was not the Yankees’ primary shortstop. In 17 consecutive seasons before Eduardo Nunez took the title from him in 2013, Jeter had played the most games at the cornerstone position on the infield.

Across the diamond from Jeter on Tuesday was a team with no such stability. In 2009, Miguel Tejada played the most games at shortstop for the Astros. In 2010, Tommy Manzella. In 2011, Clint Barmes, followed by Jed Lowrie in 2012 and then Jonathan Villar last year as a rotating cast keeps the seat warm for Carlos Correa’s arrival in the majors. Five years, five different primary shortstops, as measured by games played.

Not quite a record, though. And far, far from even the longest active streak of total inability to find a consistent regular at a position.

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