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I hope the fact that he's shifting so much to inflate his defensive bWAR doesn't obscure the fact that Brett Lawrie is still the best defensive 3b in the majors, because he deserves the Gold Glove this year and I don't think its close. He made four or five ridiculous barehand plays in this series alone. I've never seen a 3b (no, I didn't see Brooks Robinson) cover so much ground, and he's equally good to his left, right and charging.
I didn't know, until you asked, that he had good defensive statistics. (I've probably seen the same charts that you have, but at my age, things like that don't stick in your head.)
Based on how he has played against the Red Sox, I would readily believe that he's the best defensive third baseman in baseball. He's just made play after play after play against us. I would guess that he has made 8 to 10 seemingly impossible defensive plays against the Red Sox in the space of maybe 20 games.
The kid (who loves history and loves baseball) was fascinated and I just heard from my friend that the kid got a book at the library about Berg and is very excited to read it.
Murphy then nubbed an infield single back to the mound to tie the game, also with two strikes,
He asks if this has ever happened before (which I doubt), and I figured you guys would know better than the crowd over at his blog.
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