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Pedro Defense-Better Than Percieved?


Since I live in Western NY, I get my fill of Yankee baseball on free TV. During Tuesday nights game, Eric Chavez made a play at 3rd base almost identical to the play that Pedro makes in this video of last night's game:

http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=14239149&c_id=pit


The difference (as I recall because I can't grab the video to verify) was the Chavez was not as far off the line and his throw bounced to 1st. Whereas Pedro had farther to go to his right and his throw was much stronger to 1st base. I also recall that Pedro made a similar play a few days before where he threw from one knee and nailed the runner.

The Yankee announcers went wild about Chavez's play "This XX times All Star can still pick'em", etc. I wonder what they would have said if they saw Pedro's play? Possible call him a HOFer?

While individual plays don't prove a guy is a great (or even good) defender, I think the play shows Pedro has the skill to play 3rd and only needs experince to improve. Also his arm looks like a real gun!

Now if he would stop tucking his ears under his cap, maybe he would get some respect!

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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