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BCB After Dark: Who’s on short?

The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks who is the best shortstop in the city.

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Tonight I’m going to ask an unfair question. Or at least it’s unfair to ask on a Cubs blog. But I don’t care. This is a Cubs blog.

Inspired by this article by Gordon Wittenmyer, I’m just going to ask you: Who is the best shortstop in Chicago?

At first it seems like an easy question. After all, the White Sox Tim Anderson is a two-time All-Star and he’s hitting .317/.357/.424 as of Monday. But if you look at their numbers this year, Nico Hoerner has been the better player. Sure, Hoerner’s numbers at the plate are slightly inferior at .306/.341/.429, but the defensive metrics say that Hoerner has been the superior defender. Anderson rates as an average-to-above-average defender, but Hoerner has ranked out as one of the best defenders in the league.

This is reflected in the two shortstops’ comparative WAR rankings. Hoerner has a 3.0 WAR according to Baseball-Reference whereas Anderson’s is 1.8. The numbers are closer on Fangraphs, but Hoerner is still better with a 2.5 WAR as compared to Anderson’s 2.3

So who’s better? Hoerner has probably been a little better this season, but it’s only half of a season and Anderson has a longer track record of excellence.

So who is the best shortstop in Chicago? Sorry, Abbott and Costello fans, but “I Don’t Care” is not an option.


Who is the best shortstop in Chicago?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Tim Anderson
    (34 votes)
  • 66%
    Nico Hoerner
    (67 votes)
101 votes total Vote Now

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