Derek Jeter (left)
of the Yankees, Miguel Tejada (right) of the Orioles and Michael Young of the
Rangers are the holy trinity of American League shortstops. From the start of
the 2005 season through Sunday, Young--one of only five shortstops to win an AL
batting title--was the best hitter of the three based on his Value over
Replacement Player ranking. (VORP is a statistical measurement of a player's
run contribution in comparison to a below-average hitter who plays his
position.) But according to the Fielding Runs Above Average (FRAA) measurement
(an analysis of a fielder's performance that assigns credit or blame for runs
scored), Young's defense allowed nine more runs than the average shortstop's.
By the same criteria Jeter is the lesser hitter of the three, but he makes up
for it with superior glovework. For the best balance of offense and defense,
Tejada is the choice.
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