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I'll admit my bias upfront -- Hobson was my favorite player as a kid, and I'm irrational when it comes to his contributions to the Red Sox. But that '77 season, in which he set a Red Sox record for homers by a third baseman while usually batting ninth, was a fine one, especially in an era when on-base percentage was little more than an element in Earl Weaver's secret formula.
Hobson's career was derailed by too many dive bars and dives into the bat rack, with an assist to Don Zimmer, a manager who didn't have the good sense to take him out of the lineup in '78 when he was adjusting bone chips in his elbow before he threw.
I could live with that for a half-dozen years or so, with Iglesias at short if he continues to hit enough and Bogaerts if he doesn't.
If Bogaerts does move to third, then Middlebrooks is an appealing trade chip.
Just don't let Zimmer anywhere near him. And don't move him to first base.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.