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Surge at the 6-spot could signal end of the glove-first shortstop

  • FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2016, file photo, Houston Astros' Carlos Correa bats against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. General managers are expecting power from their shortstops, and batters like Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and Corey Seager are providing an unprecedented supply. Shortstops hit more homers than ever in 2016, signaling a potential end to the days of the speedy, slap-hitting middle infielder. (AP Photo/Mike Stone) Mike Stone

  • FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa looks on from the dugout during the start of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Bowa was a five-time All-Star as a glove-first shortstop, but he doesn’t think he’d even make the major leagues if he was playing today. Shortstops hit more homers than ever in 2016, signaling a potential end to the days of the speedy, slap-hitting middle infielder. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File) Ralph Freso

  • FILE - In this March 7, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell follows through on a double against Italy during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Mesa, Ariz. General managers are expecting power from their shortstops, and batters like Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and Corey Seager are providing an unprecedented supply. Shortstops hit more homers than ever in 2016, signaling a potential end to the days of the speedy, slap-hitting middle infielder. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) Matt York

  • ,FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Corey Seager hits an RBI single during the third inning of Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles. General managers are expecting power from their shortstops, and batters like Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and Corey Seager are providing an unprecedented supply. Shortstops hit more homers than ever in 2016, signaling a potential end to the days of the speedy, slap-hitting middle infielder. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File) Mark J. Terrill

  • Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell celebrates after his grand slam against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning of Game 6 of the Major League Baseball World Series Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Matt Slocum

  • Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor celebrates after his two-run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Cleveland, Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Gene J. Puskar

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts rounds third as he scores on a double by David Ortiz during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa



Associated Press
Friday, March 17, 2017

But even at the peak of the Steroid Era, power at short was a luxury, not a necessity