There are many ways to build a championship baseball club. Some teams, like the Atlanta Braves, would rather have outstanding pitching with just enough offense to win a lot of 3-2 games. á Others, like the Boston Red Sox, create their own ôMurdererÆs Rowö and outslug the opposition 12-10. á But regardless of a teamÆs philosophy, there is one thing that all championship teams must have: outstanding up-the-middle defense. á Teams can get away with a ôDr. Strangegloveö at first or in left, but without solid defenders behind the plate, at second base and short, and in center field, it is nearly impossible to win enough close games to end the season in first place. á A perfect example of the importance of up-the-middle defense was the Baltimore Orioles of 1969. They won 109 games and ...
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