Well, I woke up this morning to a complete internet outage. This is always frustrating for me because so much that I do revolves around being online. I called Sprint to see if there was an outage they knew of or if it was something on my end. Eventually I was able to get it up and running again. I log on to the site to check and see if there are comments, only to find that the site and my E-mail are also not working. So, I contact the host company and they tell me that the server is down and should be up today sometime. Man, talk about a bad way to start your day. Judging from the amount of comments on this series of posts, I can see that I am more excited about writing them than you all are about reading them, but that’s OK with me. I have enjoyed writing part I & II so far.

I had plans to write about second and short today but due to the internet crisis, only one got done before the golf tee time today. Man it’s nice to be on spring break from work. Anyways, enjoy and for cryin’ outloud LEAVE SOME FEEDBACK. Please =)

Second Base – Todd Walker
Todd Walker has always been one my favorite players in the game and I am not sure why. I think it may be due to the success I have always had with him in SIM Baseball leagues. He always seems to play so much higher than his talent. A lot of people give him a lot of crap about being a horrible fielding 2b. However, his career fielding % at 2b is .981. If he makes the play 98% of the time and a good fielder makes it 99%, I’m fine with the slight gap. He’s a career .289 hitter and has hit for as high as .316 twice. He’s not gonna make the all star team compete for gold glove, but he gives the Cubs solid 2b play for under 2 mil a year. I will take that any day of the week.

Could Be Better
Marcus Giles just seems to be getting better and better as he matures. The brother of Brian Giles was hurt last year and only managed to get 379 AB’s but still hit 8 HR’s and 48 RBI. This year, back to complete health, Marcus should be poised for a big year for the Braves. While Marcus is not infinitely better than Todd Walker, he does have age on his side. I would take him in a heartbeat to play second base for the Cubs in 2005.

Could Be Worse
Luis Rivas is one of the worst starting 2b in the majors. There has been talk out of Minn that he may not even be the everyday starter.

Luis Rivas, who is hitting a downright embarrassing .125 this spring, will likely see his playing time cut by converted shortstop Nick Punto (0-for-8), who has all but lost his battle with Jason Bartlett (.389). “I’ve had conversations with (Punto),” manager Ron Gardenhire told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I said, ‘If you’re not starting at shortstop, why couldn’t you be starting at second base?’ You just play. We are going to put the best team out there that helps us win games.”

Granted, he IS young, but even in the minors, he was only a .260 hitter, so what more can we really expect from him? Look for him to lose his starting spot this year.

Vorp Numbers

Marcus Giles – 35.9
Todd Walker – 25.0
Luis Rivas – 11.6 and falling =)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail