The MLB's Top 10 Shortstops Since 1980

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2009

The MLB's Top 10 Shortstops Since 1980

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    11 Jul 1992: Shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals runs up to scoop up the ball during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

No. 10: Edgar Renteria

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    ST. LOUIS - JULY 4:  Edgar Renteria #3 of the St. Louis Cardinals stands ready at bat during the game against the Seattle Mariners on July 4, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 2-1.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

No. 9: Nomar Garciaparra

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    1 Mar 1998:  Infielder Nomar Garciaparra of the Boston Red Sox in action at the plate during the Red Sox 11-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the City of Palms Park in Fort Meyers, Florida.  Mandatory Credit: David Seelig  /Allsport

No. 8: Miguel Tejada

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    OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 15:  Infielder Miguel Tejada #4 of the Oakland Athletics at bat against the Montreal Expos at the Network Associates Coliseum durung their interleague game on June 15, 2003 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Expos 9-1. (

No. 7: Omar Vizquel

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    14 Apr 2000: Omar Vizquel #13 of the Cleveland Indians throws the ball during the game against the Texas Rangers at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rangers defeated the Indians 7-2.

No. 6: Alan Trammell

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    UNDATED:  ALAN TRAMMELL, DETROIT TIGERS INFIELDER, WARMS UP IN THE ON-DECK CIRCLE DURING THEIR AMERICAN LEAGUE GAME. Mandatory Credit: ALLSPORT/ALLSPORT

No. 5: Barry Larkin

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    7 Apr 1998:  Barry Larkin of the Cincinnati Reds in action during the San Diego Padres 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck  /Allsport

No. 4: Derek Jeter

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees stands ready at bat against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 29, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

No. 3: Ozzie Smith

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    CHICAGO - 1987:  Ozzie Smith #1 of the St. Louis Cardinals readies for a play during a game with the Chicago Cubs in 1987 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

No. 2: Alex Rodriguez

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    11 Mar 1998:  Infielder Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners in action during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport

No. 1: Cal Ripken

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    5 Sep 1995:  Shortstop Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles throws the ball in a game against the California Angels at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland during which Ripken tied Lou Gehrig''s record for number of consecutive games played at 2130.  The Or

Honorable Mention

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    PITTSBURGH - 1990:  Jay Bell #3 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on as he waits to bat during a 1990 MLB season game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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