You cool if TA = Alexei?

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You cool if TA = Alexei?
You cool if TA = Alexei?

When the comp of Alexei Ramírez came up in the recent protracted discussions about the relative worth of the Chicago White Sox middle infield, I thought, damn, thunder stolen. The two players do not overlay one another perfectly — Ramírez boasted a better balance of offensive and defensive value than the bat-first Anderson has to date in his career — but the similarities are not far off. Let's start with the “eye test”: physically, the players could be twins ('kay, fraternal not identical), Anderson at six-foot-one and 185 pounds, Ramírez six-foot-two, 180. But digging deeper into the numbers, there are parallels. Ramírez compiled 23 bWAR (.019 WAR/G) and 17.8 fWAR (.015 WAR/G) in his eight-season,

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