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July 15, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: I Thought He Was Gonna Get It


Russell A. Carleton

Does a good fielder make the fielders around him better or worse?

Ozzie Smith is widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop (and somewhat by extension, the best defensive player) of his era. Anything that was hit into that no-man's land between second and third was gobbled up by the Wizard. In a game that adores offensive numbers, there was something so special about Ozzie's glovework that he ended up in the Hall of Fame despite a career .262/.337/.328 triple slash line.

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