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There was a time when Daniel Nava was little more than an inspiring story. There have been times this season it's been easy to forget about that story. "That's probably the biggest thing he's done right?" Boston general manager Ben Cherington said. "Nobody is talking about the Golden League anymore. He's just a good major-league player." As the playoffs approach it's worth taking a step back to consider just how good Nava has become. He's far beyond the promising find out of the independent Golden League. He's much more than an at-bat grinder capable of compiling absurd on-base percentages against sometimes erratic minor-league pitching. After Nava doubled twice and singled twice on Sunday night against the New York Yankees his on-base percentage for the season stands at .392 fifth-best in the American League. He trails only Miguel Cabrera Mike Trout Joe Mauer and David Ortiz -- the elitest of elite company. As much as any other pl...
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