Ranking MLB shortstops over the last half decade can prove a tricky task. With greats like Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins growing older, and young superstars like Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki and Elvis Andrus bursting onto the scene, to say the position has been in flux would be an understatement.
In order to settle who ranked where and why, I used a myriad of statistics, but I always kept one thing in mind. In order to be a truly great shortstop in the modern era, you need to be both a wizard with the leather and a force at the plate. I tried my best not to favor either side of the ball, but when it comes to shortstops, it's hard to ignore how important defense is to a team's success.
The one statistic that was weighed most heavily was WAR or wins above replacement, because after all, "You play to win the game!" When ranking anything objectivity should always reign king, but sometimes letting the numbers totally dictate can produce staggering inaccuracies.
So, without further ado I give you the 10 best shortstops over the last five seasons.