Keon Broxton, one of a small handful of ballplayers on the planet who could have stolen Brian Dozier's all-but-certain home run and preserve the Brewers' 3-2 win that 2018 holiday afternoon in Milwaukee, says he daydreams about the doubles, triples and home runs that he and Buxton could eat for dessert if they teamed up in the Twins' outfield. "We could cover some ground. I mean, it'd be fun to watch," Broxton said after a workout with his new team.
For a second baseman that meant the area between first base and second base where second basemen have historically stood. That was a data limitation that proved increasingly problematic with the rising rate of defensive shifts, which frequently changed the typical starting location for fielders and made it more and more difficult to measure an individual player’s defensive contributions.
Now the Twins get to find out which version signed it. "We don't want to put too much stock in what we saw in a pandemic-shortened season that didn't look anything like normal," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "We're going to rely more on what we think of our players than what we saw over 60 games."