Stories about shortstops in the SI Vault

Ten Who Shouldn't Be Sold Short By Robert W. Creamer, September 27, 1982 Taking into consideration both fielding and hitting and imagining which player would be preferred in an even-up trade, here are the 10 best shortstops of all time.

No. 1 In His Field By Ron Fimrite, September 28, 1987 A decade of brilliance has earned Ozzie Smith of the Cards a high place among the best shortstops ever.

Rip On A Tear By Tim Kurkjian, July 29, 1991 Cal Ripken Jr., the Orioles' iron man, has never been better, on the field or at bat.

Forever A Kid By Peter Gammons, April 30, 1990 Robin Yount has MVP talents worth millions but revels in high-risk fun with very big toys.

Long On Shortstops By Tom Verducci, February 24, 1997 The Yankees' Derek Jeter is part of a rich crop of young players who are redefining the position.

Pivot Physics By Tom Verducci, March 26, 2001 To solve the problem of turning two, a middle infielder must study the aerodynamics of the toss, the mass of the incoming runner and the angles at which to cross the bag.

Never Better By Joe Posnanski, November 11, 2009 A longtime critic of Derek Jeter argues that the Yankees' captain was underappreciated in 2009.

Hanley Being Hanley By L. Jon Wertheim, May 31, 2010 Florida's shortstop is a maddening player, for pitchers who face him and teammates who suffer his lapses in maturity. How good might Hanley Ramirez be if he just grew up?

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.