Originally Posted by RedlegJake
Looking at that link I actually agree with Searay. BP is quick on athleticism more than technique. Maybe the fact that he was a SS coming up is why. The best Reds I ever saw turning a DP were Helms and Oester. Morgan was good but Tommy Helms was magical. He was a light hitter and pre-BRM so people tend to forget him but good gosh he was so smooth and fluid. Oester wasn't as good a pure gloveman but he made that pirouette at second look like ballet. BP gets it done but, to me anyway, he looks less graceful - but sometimes he does it in ways that look impossible - I'll grant him that. BP makes plays that I don't think I've ever seen anyone else make.
I think that DP pivot at 2B is the biggest issue for SS's changing to second basemen. I must say I'm too young to remember Tommy Helms but given his weak bat, he must have been something in the field. In defense of BP, his range allows him to start DPs that 99% of the time wouldn't be possible.
Old NDN makes a great point about his jumping and throwing in the air. That's not "textbook" to say the least and is exactly what I'm referring to