Ryan Raburn: Everyday 2B, 2012 AL All-Star?

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Ryan Raburn: Everyday 2B, 2012 AL All-Star?
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Because I don't get enough negative comments as it is, I have decided to come to the defense of the most beleaguered member of the Detroit Tigers. With Nate Robertson and Fernando Rodney long gone and Brad Penny buying the Japanese version of Rosetta Stone, the mantle has undoubtedly fallen to Ryan Raburn.

Long hated on because of his questionable defense and large strikeout numbers, Raburn finds himself in a unique position this spring. He has never entered a season with a chance to win an everyday job, as he has been typecast as a utility man for the majority of his career.

Though he will face tough competition from Ramon Santiago this spring, there is reason to believe that the job will be his. Should he win the job, I don't think that an All-Star nod is out of the question.

Here are six reasons why Ryan Raburn will win the everyday job at second base and will make his first appearance as an All-Star in 2012.  

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