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GIF of the Day: Omar Infante barehands it for the out

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Yes, he can play second base.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Remember second base a season ago? Two? Three? After Placido Polanco was allowed to walk, the position was a mess, bottoming out in Ryan Raburn's inherent Raburn-ness.

Thanks to the trade last July that brought Omar Infante to the Tigers, stabilizing the position at last and putting a capable glove there every day, we have plays like this from Wednesday's game. Infante charged a grounder, barehanded it, and made the play at first to rob A.J. Burnett. (Let's just be glad Andrew McCutchen wasn't running.)

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Infante had UZRs per 150 games of 5.3 and 9.7 the past two seasons. So far in 2013 he's at 4.1. If you prefer BIS' Plus/Minus: Infante was +4 with Detroit last season. The Tigers ranged from -1 with Santiago to -4 with Raburn. In 2013, Infante is +3.

Well, that was a lot of numbers to tell you what you already knew: the "Can he play second base?" meme is dead.

Omar Infante can, in fact, play second base.

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