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Beckham position swap?

   Okay, here's the deal, don't think that I'm just Beckham obsessed but here's what needs to happen...Gordon Beckham needs to go back to his normal shortstop position, Alexi Ramirez back to second, Josh Fields back to third.  After watching Beckham back up more than two steps on three different groundballs over the past two days it's obvious he's a long way from being comfortable at third. He is searching for the best hop when third base is more of a reaction position and an in-between hop position.  If he's gonna be up there, put him in the position where he'll end up.

   We know Alexi Ramirez is a great athlete but he falls short (pun intended!) as a shortstop.  He's not directing traffic as Beckham eventually will. Even Ozzie calls this kid borderline cocky which is what he needs to be.  There is a reason the Cuban National team played Ramirez all over the yard. He's athletic enough to do it, yet not reliable enough to be your everday Big League shortstop.  How much crap am I gonna take from Ozzie about this one???

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JCG said:

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Couldn't agree more!

Jack McDowell said:

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pretty sure we're not the only ones

bighurt27 said:

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I'm all for Beckham being moved to SS but what about putting Alexei in CF?

Jack McDowell said:

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Centerfield would be fine. But if we're worried about "lapses" remember this...an infield error is a single, an outfield error is a run!

bighurt27 said:

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...I mean at least until TCQ comes back. I'm not quite ready to give up on Getz yet.

MLBfan said:

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Jack,
How about sending Ramirez to the minors for a few weeks, as a special project, to teach him how to play baseball in America? Fields at 3rd, Beckham at SS and Getz at 2nd.

Jack McDowell said:

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Who's gonna teach him and what specifics are you looking to teach?

folky15 said:

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Great point Jack - why in the world do we have 3 infielders playing out of their natural position?!? Alexei can't handle the SS role, so put him back at 2B. We've got a really bright future if these young guns learn their roles and live up to their potential.

eriqjaffe said:

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Folky, the only person in the Sox infield playing out of his natural position is Beckham. Getz has been a second baseman his entire pro career (not sure about college), and Ramirez was primarily a shortstop in Cuba.

MLBfan said:

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Most importantly, he needs to learn to let Beckham, or whoever is at 3rd, know what pitch is coming so he can move closer to the 3rd base line. 2nd, he needs to communicate with 2nd so that we don't have both middle infielders covering 2nd on a stolen base attempt. If the Whitesox don't have anybody in the Minors who can teach that, then maybe there is a bigger problem.
He also needs to learn how to bunt, utilize his speed and stop sliding into 1st base unless it's a tag throw.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So I think this is our rubber game. Waddya think, Jack? Winner of this game takes all?

Jack McDowell said:

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Sure, no reason waiting until September when you guys are out of it

Jack McDowell said:

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And yes, I posted that two batters prior to Alexi's homerun!

JoeDoyle said:

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Nice post, Jack. It's a great idea - I get frustrated watching Alexi throw the ball all over the place and step in front of his fellow teammates in the field.

GO SOX!

Jimmymac120912 said:

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Jack,
I like the idea of moving Beckham back to shortstop, but not until next year. The reason being is the White Sox and Kenny Williams have come out and said they believe they can win the division. Beckham is trying to get comfortable not only at a new position, but against major league pitching. And do you really want to see Josh Fields back at third with his no range and strikeout happy swing. I think Beckham is better defensivly than Fields at third already. As far as Alexi, he was not all that great at 2nd base last year either. He made the spectacular plays throughout the year, but he has also made some spectacular plays at shortstop this year also. Alexi just seems to get lazy on the routine plays, changing positions is not going to do anything. I just think no matter where they move Alexi, its a simple case of what see is what you get.

bill said:

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what about alexi at third, beckham at short, and getz at second?

better defense, more team speed, and more contact hitting than with fields at third.

alexi has been struggling in the field, but he gets a lot of big hits.

Echo said:

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I don't know about all this Alexei in Center talk. We did that with Mackowiak and that didn't work out too well. I agree with Alexei to second, Becks at short, and, for now, Fields at 3B. The problem in this equation is that Fields is no Joe Crede or Rockin' Robin. Hell, he's not even Eric Soderholm. This team has got too many holes.

Why not treat Alexei like the Cubs treated DeRosa last year? You said it yourself, Jack. He'll give you "meh" defense wherever he plays. But who cares? He's in there for his stick anyway - even if he never saw a pitch he didn't like. He could give everyone a break, it would be entertaining, and this season is shot to hell anyway... If he's not dedicated to any position, it'd be a lot tougher to pile on. Who doesn't love the super-sub? If Mackowiak had been treated more like that, it probably would have been easier to digest than Mackowiak the everday Centerfielder...

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