Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Cubs’ 2B Darwin Barney’s reelection to retain his starting position might be down to the 69 games remaining in the Cubs’ 2013 regular season.  Perhaps the voters will give him a reprieve and he will earn one more year to prove that he deserves to be elected to the same six year terms awarded to teammates Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.  What is undeniable is that a hard-charging challenger in the Cubs’ system, Arismendy Alcantara, has to be making Barney feel a little skittish these days.   No will ever dispute that Darwin Barney is a superb defensive second baseman.  In addition to committing only three errors since Opening Day 2012, Barney ranges far to his left and right to make difficult plays.  However, how much can a slick glove compensate for offensive deficiencies?  Among all major league second baseman with a minimum of 275 plate appearances, Barney ranks last in batting average (.222) and in on-base-percentage (.272), and his .344 slugging percentage bests only the Chi...
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