Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 7, 2002
BASEBALL: The Tradeoff

I'm not that big a fan of Tino Martinez, and I am very much a believer in the value of Jason Giambi. But Game 5 of the Cards-Diamondbacks series featured a play that captured an important part of what the Yankees were missing this postseason, when Rod Barajas hit a grounder to third that Miguel Cairo first booted, then recovered, then threw high to first base -- and Tino extended way, way in them air to spear the ball and somehow land his foot on first base before Barajas could reach first. As is true of John Olerud, Tino's ability to turn errant throws into routine groundouts is a hidden factor in his teams' repeated trips to, and success in, the postseason. And as if to underline the contrast, there are not two worse first basemen in baseball at this skill than Giambi and Mo Vaughn.

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