With 10 sacrifice flies on the season heading into ThursdayÆs games, Twins shortstop Orlando Cabrera is tied with some guy named Marlon Byrd for the American League lead in that category. If you are on the verge ofágiving up on this column, I donÆt blame you, as sacrifice flies are about the 258,000th most interesting metric in baseball. However, what makes CabreraÆs prowess in hitting fly balls when a runner happens to be on third base notable is how remarkably consistent it has been over the course of the 34-year-oldÆs career; if he finishes with the league lead in sacrifice flies this season, it will mark the third time in four seasons he has done so. Sacrifice flies belong to that controversial cadre of baseball statistics that also includes RBI or savesùmetrics that are often mi ...
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