When the Twins' Cesar Tovar played an inning at each of the nine positions in a game last year, he was showing off. But in the line of duty he played short, third, second and the outfield and, as leadoff batter, stole 35 bases
Giants' cleanup man and first baseman who succeeded Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey won the NL home-run title and placed third in the MVP voting in 1968. Several of his less-heralded years with the club were about as good.
Tony Horton is 24 years old and already well established in life—as Cleveland's first baseman. He's a better-than-average hitter (.284 in '67), a steady enough fielder and, in short, somebody Alvin Dark needn't worry much about.
Luis Tiant became a star last year with 21 wins, nine shutouts and a league-leading ERA of hardly anything. But he has been winning 10 to 12, losing fewer and getting three times as many whiffs as walks for Cleveland since '64.
For five years the White Sox were unable to replace Nellie Fox at second. In '67 seven different candidates failed. Then last year Sandy Alomar (right, on base) arrived and even looked a little like Fox as he nailed down the position.
There have been no problems at second base in Pittsburgh for 13 years. There has been only Bill Mazeroski, hitting consistently, chewing steadily, fielding expertly, playing daily despite injuries and enduring like nobody else.