I'm going to show some baseball ignorance here and I may get my new ORG privileges revoked but here goes. (Oh, thanks to ya'll for voting me in!!) I just read the thread "BP on Keppinger" and I noted some comments about Phillips range at SS vs 2B. It prompted a question in my mind. Why is a SS expected to have that much greater range than 2B? The distance from first to second is the same as second to 3rd. So the area being covered is essentially the same. On that same note however, the 3rd baseman seldom plays with one foot on the bag where as a first baseman must do so to hold a runner. That effectively makes the area a second baseman has to cover greater when there is a runner on first. A second baseman also has to frequently make his throws either going out to RF or with his back to first base so he either has to have a very strong arm (that is a different debate about SS vs 2B) or he has to be able to get to the ball more quickly. Granted, a SS may have longer throws but that is an issue of arm strenth isn't it? I have not seen seen any stats lately that tell me the percentage of right vs left handed batters but I can't imagine its all that lopsided any more. So, with that said, what am I missing about the need for SS to have that much greater range than a 2B?