Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?

Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?

July 14, 2021

For decades, second basemen were the smallest players on the field. But with game strategies evolving, and double plays evaporating, the position is getting supersized.

Ryan McMahon may not look like a typical second baseman, but the 6-foot-2, 207-pound infielder for the Colorado Rockies has been baseball’s most valuable defender so far this season.Credit…Chris Morris

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By Joe Lemire

Not long after the Colorado Rockies selected Ryan McMahon in the second round of the 2013 draft, the third baseman began casually, but regularly, asking the club’s farm director, Zach Wilson, about trying second base. That the 6-foot-2, 219-pound McMahon was a power-hitting corner infielder who hadn’t played second base since he was 12 years old was beside the point.

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