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American League blessed with golden era of shortstops

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Posted: Wednesday February 28, 2001 3:33 AM

  Nomar Garciaparra, Derek Jeter Nomar Garciaparra (left) and Derek Jeter size each other up. David Seelig/Allsport

A-Rod. Jeter. Nomar. The American League is loaded with outstanding young shortstops, perhaps more so than at any time in history.

With Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Nomar Garciaparra, baseball is in the middle of a golden age of shortstops. In all, 12 shortstops have been named Most Valuable Player since the award was instituted in 1931, including Cal Ripken and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks twice.

Banks is arguably the greatest offensive shortstop in history, winning consecutive MVP awards in 1958-59. He hit .313 in 1958 and led the league with 47 homers and 129 RBI. He followed that up by hitting .304 with 45 homers and a league-leading 143 RBI in 1959. In the '80s, Ripken defined the power-hitting shortstop by hitting 20 or more home runs in 12 seasons. But he hit more than 30 once, a career-high 34 in 1991 when he won his second MVP Award.

But never have three shortstops had such an impact at the same time as the "Holy Trinity" -- Rodriguez, Jeter and Garciaparra. Here's a look at some of the best shortstop trios in baseball history.

-- Compiled by CNNSI.com staff

2000 American League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Nomar Garciaparra, BOS  .372  104  21  96 
Derek Jeter, NYY  .339  119  15  73  22 
Alex Rodriguez, SEA  .316  132  41  132  15 
Combined Totals   .342   355   77   301   42  
 
1983 American League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Cal Ripken, BAL  .318  121  27  102 
Robin Yount, MIL  .308  102  17  80  12 
Alan Trammell, DET  .319  83  66  30 
Combined Totals   .315   306   53   248   42  
 
1977 National League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Larry Bowa, PHI  .280  93  41  32 
Garry Templeton, STL  .322  94  79  28 
Dave Concepcion, CIN  .271  59  64  29 
Combined Totals   .292   246   20   184   89  
 
1960 National League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Ernie Banks, CHI  .271  94  41  117 
Maury Wills, LA  .295  75  27  50 
Dick Groat, PIT  .326  85  50 
Combined Totals   .297   254   43   194   51  
 
1948 American League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Lou Boudreau, CLE  .355  116  18  106 
Vern Stephens, BOS  .271  114  29  137 
Phil Rizzuto, NYY  .252  65  50 
Combined Totals   .294   295   53   293   10  
 
1933 American League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Joe Cronin, WAS  .309  89  118 
Luke Appling, CHI  .322  90  85 
Dib Williams, PHI  .289  52  11  73 
Combined Totals   .309   231   22   276   12  
 
1905 National League
Shortstop  Avg.  HR  RBI  SB 
Bill Dahlen, NYG  .242  67  81  37 
Honus Wagner, PIT  .363  114  101  57 
Joe Tinker, CHI  .247  70  66  31 
Combined Totals   .285   251   15   248   125  


 
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