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MLB Spring Training 2012: Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan Battle

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 24: Jack Hannahan #9 and Kosuke Fukudome #1 celebrate after scoring on a single hit by Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on September 24, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Bill FordCorrespondent IIIFebruary 25, 2012

Cleveland Indians infielders Lonnie Chisenhall and Jack Hannahan will spend spring training battling for a position at third base.

Indians manager Manny Acta believes that the two infielders may have to battle it out for the entire spring training session, and a decision will likely not be made until the final remaining days of the camp.

Acta and the Indians club need to take their time to fully evaluate each player's abilities, both offensively and defensively. The decision will not be easy, nor will it be simple.

Chisenhall has youth, which makes him attractive to fill the position. He is less likely to sustain injuries, and if he does, his youth is a benefit to help him to bounce back.

He made his MLB debut on June 27, 2011 and had 54 hits, 13 doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI with a .255 batting average.

While he did well during his call-up, he lacks the MLB experience compared to Jack Hannahan.

Hannahan has five seasons of MLB experience, playing for multiple teams. His experience includes playing at both corners of the infield at first and third, and at shortstop.

Over his five seasons in MLB, he has 272 hits, 69 doubles, four triples, 24 home runs and 130 RBI with a .231 batting average.

Chisenhall is 23 years old, while Hannahan will be 32 in March. Although Hannahan is older, he is still playing in his prime years.

Chisenhall is a valuable asset to the Cleveland organization, but with fierce competition and increased intensity league-wide, Hannahan is the best decision to play third base for the 2012 season.

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