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Are the Tigers unusual in this respect? My impression is that left field is often a station on a player's way from CF or RF to oblivion. The Rangers haven't had a longterm incumbent since Rusty Greer; the A's haven't had one since Rickey Henderson.
I remember for a long time there was a curse at 3B for the Cubs til I think ARam came along.
Sort of, but that was overdone. True, the didn't have a long term solution between Santo and ARam, but they got more than serviceable seasons from Bill Madlock, Ron Cey, Ryne Sandberg for one season, Steve Buechele. Steve Ontiveros was good for 1 year. Bill Mueller. More often than not the Cubs were OK at 3rd.
I'm sure other teams can pick one position where it just seems to always be fighting.
Jhonny Peralta will be out there when his suspension's over.
Third base was an issue for many years for the Mets. I'm sure other teams can pick one position where it just seems to always be fighting.
wouldn't peralta at 3B, Iglesias at SS, and Cabrera in LF make the most sense?
Mets 3rd baseman 1969-1981
One of the problems with being a regular left fielder is that there are so many people either better than you defensively or better than you with the bat; it's not a position where there's an natural balance between skills that keeps you there for a long time,
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