Home run hitting goes a long way, but there’s something to be said for defense.
Leaping up to bring down that line drive that seems destined for extra bases can win or lose games. Turning beautiful double plays can turn potential rallies into nothing more than a question of what could have been.
Infielders do all of that, and that is who we are going to talk about today.
In order to rank the best fielding infielders, I have to admit that my method is a little bit suspect. In terms of sabermetrics, I am going to rely on UZR numbers from FanGraphs. However, there is a lot more to playing defense than the numbers indicate. As a result, while the numbers will matter, there is some room for debate on this issue based on more subjective reasoning.
Also, I am sure that I left some people off this list. Please feel free to bring up some additional candidates in the comments below. If you can provide video as well, that would be great! That way, we have some primary source evidence.