Now Kinsler, 29, is part of his generation’s Great Positional Debate. Although more geographically disparate than Willie, Mickey and the Duke, it will become a favorite of the tobacco-spitting and wine-sipping sets alike.
Who’s the best second baseman in baseball — Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia or Ian Kinsler?
Right now, the correct answer is Kinsler.
As with the shortstops in the early 2000s, the title belt could change hands during the season. But Kinsler has it now. He’s been a little more productive than the steady Pedroia, and Cano is off to a slow start. Kinsler owns the best OPS among major league second basemen — a scalding .945 — and the raw numbers explain only a portion of his value.
...Kinsler has become a fan favorite in Texas, with the high socks and unruly hair making him particularly popular among aspiring Little Leaguers. Just about every week, parents approach Kinsler to say that their son wears his baseball pants up to the knee as a tribute to their favorite player.
“Around the city and at the park, we see a lot of No. 5 jerseys,” Daniels said, “and it’s all for the right reasons.”
The kids know talent. They’re wearing the number of the best second baseman in the game.
Posted: May 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM | 16 comment(s)
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