Hanley Ramirez Moving to Third? The 10 Best Players To Vacate Shortstop

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Hanley Ramirez Moving to Third? The 10 Best Players To Vacate Shortstop
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With the signing of Jose Reyes, the Marlins will be asking Hanley Ramirez to switch positions

There have been so many great shortstops in MLB history. Many of them have been career-long shortstops. Players like Omar Vizquel and Ozzie Smith are mainstays up the middle.

There have been a select number of special players, however, who have been able to move from their position at shortstop to another spot in the field and be just as successful. In some cases, even more so. Before I begin this, let me lay down a few guidelines.

First, the player must have been a full-time, starting shortstop for his team. Secondly, he must have been in such position for at least the first three seasons of his career.

Third, he must be considered successful before the move. Not necessarily the best player, but at the very least a solid one. Finally, and this applies more to the final five on this list, the shortstops on this list must have had some level of legitimate success after their respective moves.

Whether the player was moved to make room for a younger prospect or the team wanted to save the player's body due to age, whatever the reason, the players on this list all fit the criteria.  

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