Considered the most important position in baseball, a good shortstop is vital for any team looking to make it far in the playoffs. Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen many talented shortstops anchor teams en route to the World Series, but who among them deserves to be called the best shortstop of the 2000s?
Criteria used to select players:
- Must have played either a majority of games at shortstop after 2000 or had several statistically significant seasons after 2000
- Ranking based on career performance, peak performance, stature around league
Alex Rodriguez – Despite a career tarnished by allegations of steroid use, Rodriguez will remain as one of the greatest players of all time. For the purposes of this list, he isn’t ranked since he played at third base for the majority of his years after 2000. Still, he won an MVP in 2003, hit 57 home runs in 2002, and recorded an astounding 10.4 WAR in 2000. Amazingly, his total WAR spanning from 2000-2003 when he was shortstop is almost the same as most of the other players on this list career WAR.