Alen Hanson has done a complete 180 both offensively and defensively since being benched for a few games in April.
Ground balls are supposed to lead to easy outs. When you see a routine grounder hit to shortstop, you expect an out. There's usually no feeling that the play could go wrong. You get ready to write "6-3" in your scorebook, even before the play is finished. There's a reason they call it "routine".
That wasn't the case with Alen Hanson early in the season. Hanson's defense at the start of the year was horrible. The shortstop started the year with ten errors in his first ten games. There were several plays that could have been ruled errors, but where Hanson got the home town treatment. But the frustrating thing about these errors were that they didn't come on somewhat difficult plays. They came on routine plays. The ball would be hit to Hanson, he'd have plenty of time to make a play, and he'd throw wild to first. Or he'd set up ready to field the ball, and would boot th...
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