Friday, February 27, 2015

The Defensive Wiz Kid

The Detroit Tigers lately have not had anyone who was extraordinary defensively. 2007 and 2009 we saw Placido Polanco win gold gloves at second base with his consist play of not making errors. 2004, 2006, and 2007 Ivan Rodriguez won gold gloves behind the plate. Throwing out base runners and calling a great game is pretty special, but can you think of one play that stands out with Pudge defensively?

During the summer of 2013 the Detroit Tigers had learned that Jhonny Peralta was in connection in the biogenesis scandal. It was only a matter of time before the Tigers would lose their everyday short stop to a suspension. The Tigers made the move that would send Avisail Garcia to the White Sox, Brayan Villerreal to the Red Sox. In return the Red Sox would send Joes Iglesias to Detroit and minor leaguers to the White Sox, while the White Sox would send Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. 

Iglesias was having a great year at the plate for the Red Sox. Coming up through the Red Sox, though, he was better known for he glove then his bat. When the Tigers made the trade it wasn't long for him to rack up the highlights at short while wearing the Old English D. 

Iggy was out of commission for the 2014 season due to shin splints. We hopefully will have him back for a full season this year. If he can stay healthy he will help cover a lot of ground on the left side, taking pressure off of Castellanos at third. He should be a strong candidate for gold glove with his amazing glove work. 

*sorry if the video doesn't play on mobile devices still trying to figure that out.

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