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The amazing carousel of Red Sox shortstops

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 23, 2012 03:52 PM

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Great stat from Bill Chuck of Billy-Ball.com: Since 2004, the Red Sox have had 24 different shortstops.

In that same time period, the Yankees have used 15 different shortstops with Derek Jeter playing 1,188 games.

Here's a breakdown of the Red Sox starters:

2004
Pokey Reese 56
Orlando Cabrera 58
Nomar Garciaparra 37
Cesar Crespo 7
Ricky Gutierrez 3
Mark Bellhorn 1

2005
Edgar Renteria 150
Ramon Vazquez 6
Alex Cora 5
Mark Bellhorn 1

2006
Alex Gonzalez 110
Alex Cora 47
Dustin Pedroia 5

2007
Julio Lugo 139
Alex Cora 22
Royce Clayton 1

2008
Julio Lugo 79
Jed Lowrie 45
Alex Cora 38

2009
Nick Green 74
Alex Gonzalez 43
Julio Lugo 27
Jed Lowrie 18

2010
Marco Scutaro 131, Jed Lowrie 21, Yamaico Navarro 6, Bill Hall 3, Angel Sanchez 1

2011
Marco Scutaro 102, Jed Lowrie 47, Mike Aviles 6, Drew Sutton 4, Yamaico Navarro 2, Jose Iglesias 1.

Most starts:
Lugo 245
Scutaro 233
Gonzalez 153
Renteria 150
Lowrie 131
Cora 112
Green 74
Cabrera 58
Reese 56
Garciaparra 37
Navarro 8
Crespo 7
Aviles, Pedroia, Vazquez 6
Assorted others: 14

Jeter, by the way, has started 1,179 games in the last eight years.

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