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 I’ve 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 Berardino’s 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. He’s a really slick, comfortable, fundamentally sound defender. He’s agile and mobile. That’s a big upgrade for Pittsburgh.”
Wow! Really. Anybody else heard that? If that’s true, I somehow missed reading that from other sources.
Absolutely fantastic story from Bill Simmons on ESPN.com’s Page 2. I lov...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.