I do not claim to be an expert on fielding or fielding statistics. Nor do I claim to have studied the fielding abilities of Adam LaRoche live or on the tube. But, every comment Ive read about him since his rumored and finally consummated trade to Pittsburgh speaks of him as being, at best, an average fielder. Definitely a lumberer.
Yet Mike Berardinos Inside Dish left me scratching my head. He quotes a rival scout as saying, Having him at first is like having another shortstop on the field. Hes a really slick, comfortable, fundamentally sound defender. Hes agile and mobile. Thats a big upgrade for Pittsburgh.
Wow! Really. Anybody else heard that? If thats true, I somehow missed reading that from other sources.
Absolutely fantastic story from Bill Simmons on ESPN.coms Page 2. I lov...
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