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George Stone is not really a center fielder but had good speed and could probably have faked it. His arm was just awful, but otherwise he had the physical tools to handle center.
The other option is to play Stone in LF, move Gonzo to RF, bench Clark, and play Ced Landrum in CF. Yuck.
Anyway, Stone is one of my favorite obscure ballplayers. He was a little guy, hit everywhere he ever played but never got a real shot at a MLB job until he hit .406 with 62 extra-base hits in 1904 as a 27-year-old in the American Association. That's 62 extra-base hits in the dead ball era.
Watching the Twins' Glen Perkins save a game in Arlington on Sunday makes me wonder if the irrational trend against left-handed closers is beginning, slightly, to reverse. The species had virtually died out in 2011, but since then Chapman and Perkins have emerged, and now I see somebody named Rex Brothers is closing for Colorado.
Six lefty relievers have 200 career saves. Can you name them? Five are pretty easy. The sixth is a surprise to me.
Steady Eddie Guardado (187)
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