Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/15/14
In Center, The Issue May Be Already Decided It’s a bit early still in the 2014 Seattle Mariners Spring Training season, but you wouldn’t know it by the way Nick Franklin and Brad Miller are duking it out over the starting shortstop position. Just a couple of weeks ago, manager Lloyd McClendon announced that it was an open competition between these two guys for the right to be double-play partners with newly acquired second baseman Robinson Cano. And battle they have! The Numbers At 2nd Miller is batting a whopping .407 headed into Friday’s game.  Better still is his OBP at .484 and his three homers in just 25 ABs. Franklin is batting .269 with a .345 OBP and on homer in just 26 ABs. Now, I know what you are saying: How can I call that a statistical dead heat when one guy is batting nearly 100 points higher than the other?  Well, like I said before, it’s still a bit early. Franklin has seven hits and Miller has eleven.  That just four hits difference, and they are within one AB of ea...
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