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Welcome to part deux of our Opening Day starters series. As a reminder, each Saturday leading up to Opening Day, you’ll be quizzed on a group of positions; then, the Saturday after Opening Day will be a cumulative exam in which you’ll be asked to fill out each Opening Day lineup going back to 1990. So, class, pay attention. This week, we’ll be examining the players who started at second base and shortstop. There are a lot of familiar names on there! There are also some which may make you dig into the ol’ memory bank in order to achieve that elusive A+. Last week, KenWo and asinwreck ruined the curve for everybody by achieving perfect scores. Perhaps this week it will be you! You never know until you play. As Herm Edwards would say, “You play to win the game.” Good luck!
- As always, first and last names accepted, in addition to just the last names.
- I’ve given you ten minutes to attempt completion.
- As hints I’ve provided the date and the position of the player, and names are grouped by year.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:
- The high-water mark for WPA on this list was not terribly impressive, just .186 by shortstop in 1992. That was a 2-5 effort with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored in a 10-4 rout of the Angels.
- The low-water mark was -.2, also by shortstop in 1997. That was an 0-5 with zeroes across the board in all categories. The Sox still won, though, 6-5 over the Blue Jays.
- If you were to add up all the home runs on this list hit by a second baseman or a shortstop, it would amount to zero. That’s right: since 1990, no shortstop or second baseman has hit a home run on Opening Day.
All data from baseballreference.com