Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/14/14
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Remember the golden age of shortstops? It was from the late 90s into the early 2000s, and shortstops were no longer slick-fielding pipsqueaks who struggled to hit 10 home runs or slug .350.  OK, Cal Ripken, Alan Trammell and Barry Larkin probably deconstructed that perception of shortstops years earlier. Not only were they excellent fielders, but could put up MVP-caliber numbers at the plate.  Yet it looked like baseball had a new era of shortstops when Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Miguel Tejada and Nomar Garciaparra dominated the position with the sort of offensive performance we were accustomed to seeing from first baseman, third baseman and right fielders. Three of the four regularly compiled 25 to 30 home runs a season, power numbers previously unheard of for middle infielders. They were a fantastic foursome (I would've said "Fantastic Four," but that might lead us to argue which of them would be the Invisible Girl), collecting four MVP trophies and two Rooki...
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