Shortstop: Generally considered the most important defensive position in baseball aside from the pitcher-catcher battery. Responsible for a substantial amount of infield terrain, he chosen to man this position is looked to as the centerpiece of an infield.
Theo Epstein: Promoted from within the Red Sox organization, heralded as a boy wonder. Since taking the helm at General Manager in 2003, Epstein has been the face of a new era in Red Sox baseball — one that has featured 6 95-win seasons, 6 trips to the postseason, 4 ALCS appearances, and 2 World Series victories. Criticized probably too often for his edgy approach that emphasizes statistical analysis, in a results-based business, he’s produced ‘em.
These two entities, though, have not mixed well.
In a pattern more disturbing than that of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Epstein’s Red Sox have featured 7 shortstops that at one time laid claim to the starting role, and the 8th — Marco Scutaro – will be throwing his hat into the ring less than 2 weeks. I personally don’t know why it’s been so difficult for Boston to settle on one, but I will at least provide a comprehensive timeline of the revolving door at a position of importance.