The Strange Case of Marco Scutaro
|12.04.09 at 12:41 pm ET|
One could say that Marco Scutaro is unlike any player in the last 70 years.
Not since 1937 — when Rabbit Warstler of the Boston Braves did it — had a player had his first season with at least 140 games at shortstop at age 33 or later. Players simply aren’t moved to the most athletically challenging position on the diamond at that phase of their careers.
Until 2009, when Scutaro played 143 games at short for the Blue Jays, the newest Red Sox player had never had more than 81 games at short in any season. Indeed, until he got to Toronto, he was regarded widely as a utility player, someone capable at multiple positions but without mastery of any infield position. Scutaro changed that perception with the Blue Jays, and it was worth a two-year deal for at least $12.5 million.
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