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Grace was almost certainly vastly superior defensively.
At his position, sure. But Mark Grace couldn't play shortstop -- or any other position. It matters. I'm Don Mattingly's biggest fan, but I'm not going to claim that he had the defensive value of Willie Randolph.
The problem is that WAR implicitly assumes that a SS could have played LF even better. But that assumption can only be valid for people that show some baseline competency at SS. Jeter never showed that he could play any position on the baseball field competently and therefore we shouldn't assume he could have.
Walker threw right-handed, though. He'd played some 3B in the minors, as one might expect of a good athlete with a great arm.
I'll cop to being a nerd, but I object to being called a hater.
Who's calling you a hater on the basis of that?
To not believe that, you either have to think (1) he was not just bad, but breathtakingly horrible at defense, which no defensive stat supports or (2) the HOF is too large by 50%.
BJ Upton is probably a pretty good defensive comp for Jeter.
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