Top 10 MLB Shortstops of the 2000s

Top 10 MLB Shortstops of the 2000s

Top 10 MLB Shortstops of the 2000s

The 2000s witnessed the rise of exceptional talent in Major League Baseball, and the shortstop position was no exception.

From defensive prowess to offensive contributions, the top shortstops of this era left an indelible mark on the game.

In this comprehensive Fan Arch article, we'll take a look back into the careers of the top 10 MLB shortstops of the 2000s, analyzing their defensive skills, offensive impact, and overall influence on the sport.

1. Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith, known as "The Wizard of Oz," is revered as the greatest defensive shortstop of all time. His remarkable defensive WAR value of 43.4 solidifies his prowess in the field.

Smith's exceptional range, quick release, and acrobatic athleticism set a standard that few have matched. Despite starting as a poor hitter, Smith transformed himself into a tough out at the plate, displaying decent averages, drawing walks, and showcasing excellent speed on the bases. 

2. Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, often referred to as "A-Rod," was a force to be reckoned with on the field. His offensive prowess, highlighted by a career .296 batting average, 695 home runs, and 2,083 RBIs, places him among the elite hitters of the 2000s.

While his legacy is tarnished by controversies, his undeniable production cannot be overlooked. A-Rod's three MVP titles and numerous All-Star appearances underscore his impact on the game, making him a formidable presence at the shortstop position.

3. Andrelton Simmons

Andrelton Simmons emerges as a standout defensive shortstop, boasting three of the six highest Defensive Runs Saved totals since 2003. While his offensive contributions are notable, it is his defensive prowess that sets him apart..

4. Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter's impact on the game extends beyond his offensive statistics. As a member of the New York Yankees, Jeter's leadership and clutch performances defined an era of baseball.

His career .310 batting average, 260 home runs, and 1,311 RBIs reflect his offensive prowess, but it was his intangible qualities and ability to excel in pressure situations that solidified his place as one of the top shortstops of the 2000s.

5. Miguel Tejada

Miguel Tejada's offensive contributions as a shortstop were remarkable, highlighted by his career .285 batting average, 307 home runs, and 1,282 RBIs. His ability to consistently produce offensively, coupled with his defensive capabilities, established him as a formidable presence in the league.

6. Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra's offensive prowess and consistency at the plate set him apart as a premier shortstop of the 2000s. His career .313 batting average, 229 home runs, and 936 RBIs underscore his impact as a prolific hitter. 

7. Rafael Furcal

Rafael Furcal's dynamic skill set made him a valuable asset at the shortstop position. His speed, defensive capabilities, and offensive contributions, including a career .281 batting average and 1,817 hits, established him as a well-rounded player. 

8. Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes' electrifying speed and defensive prowess made him a standout shortstop in the 2000s. His ability to impact the game with his base running, defensive skills, and offensive contributions, including a career .283 batting average and 517 stolen bases, solidifies his place among the top shortstops of the era. 

9. Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins' combination of defensive excellence and offensive contributions established him as a key figure in the league. His career .264 batting average, 231 home runs, and 936 RBIs, coupled with his defensive prowess, rightfully places Rollins on this list.

10. Edgar Renteria

Edgar Renteria's consistency and reliability at the shortstop position set him apart as a key figure in the game. His career .286 batting average, 140 home runs, and 923 RBIs underscore his impact as a well-rounded player. 

 

To conclude, the top 10 MLB shortstops of the 2000s left an enduring legacy through their defensive prowess, offensive contributions, and overall impact on the game. Their remarkable skill sets and consistent performance solidify their positions as premier figures in the evolution of the shortstop position during this era.


SHOP

LATEST

  • NEWS
  • |
  • ARTICLES
  • |
  • VIDEOS
img_articles

What is a balk in baseball?

img_articles

Can You Balk With Nobody on Base?

img_articles

What does OPS mean in baseball?

img_articles

A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Shohei ...

img_articles

Why is John Sterling leaving the Yankees?

img_articles

The Origins of Mariano Rivera's Nickname "The S...

img_articles

What was Mariano Rivera's best pitch?

img_articles

Will Craig Kimbrel make the MLB Hall of Fame?

img_articles

Does Yuli Gurriel have a brother in the MLB?

img_articles

Why Willie Mays is the Greatest Hitter in MLB H...

img_articles

How Well Would Babe Ruth Perform in Today's Game?

img_articles

How can I watch YES Network?

img_articles

What is Willie Mays's Net Worth in 2024?

img_articles

What happened to Jeff Reardon?

img_articles

The Top 10 Montreal Expos of All-Time

img_articles

What happened to Darryl Strawberry?

img_articles

Is Dwight Gooden in the Hall of Fame?

img_articles

What is Jose Canseco's Net Worth in 2024?

img_articles

Top 10 MLB Team Logos

img_articles

What happened to Shane Victorino?

img_articles

Where is the Field of Dreams in real life?

img_articles

Is Field of Dreams Based on a true story?

img_articles

What does the voice say in Field of Dreams?

img_articles

What happened to Terence Mann at the end of Fie...

img_articles

Who owns the Field of Dreams property now?

img_articles

Was Charlie Sheen in Field of Dreams?

img_articles

Who was the person that caught the Cubs foul ball?

img_articles

What happened to Steve Bartman?

img_articles

How much did the Bartman ball sell for?

img_articles

What happened to Joe Nathan?

img_articles

What happened to Geovany Soto?

img_articles

Are Jackson Holliday and Matt Holliday Related?

img_articles

Why is Matt Holliday not in the Hall of Fame?

img_articles

Who is the Jewish in the MLB Hall of Fame?

img_articles

Top 10 Jewish MLB Players of All-Time

img_articles

Who are the members of the MLB 500 Home Run Club?

img_articles

What is Steven A. Cohen's Net Worth in 2024?

img_articles

How did CC Sabathia lose weight post retirement?

img_articles

What Happened to Robinson Cano?

img_articles

Who has the fastest bat speed in MLB history?

img_articles

Where is Paul Skenes playing in 2024?

img_articles

Why Ángel Hernández is the worst rated MLB Umpire

img_articles

Who made more money Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter?

img_articles

How many years was Alex Rodriguez on the Yankees?

img_articles

What did Alex Rodriguez do to get suspended fro...

img_articles

What Happened to Joba Chamberlain?

img_articles

What Happened to Jeremy Giambi?

img_articles

What Athletes has Scott Boras Represented?

img_articles

Who is better Ichiro or Shohei Ohtani?

FAN ARCH PODCAST NETWORK

//script of featured and trending tab div