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The remaking of Rafael Furcal

JUPITER -- Rafael Furcal has been putting in extra time with Marlins infield coach Perry Hill on the practice field getting re-acquainted with second base. Furcal, a shortstop for the vast majority of his 13 major league seasons, hasn't played second since 2004 and last started a game there in 2002 when he was with the Braves.

Contrary to perception, Hill said the transition going from shortstop to second base is more difficult than it is the other way around.

"Taking arm strength out of the equation, it's more difficult from short to second than it is from second to short," Hill said. "Think about your double play pivot. When I come across the base (as a shortstop), I have a feel for where the base runner is. I have no idea where he is (as a second baseman). Plus, at second, I'm throwing it across my body almost everything I do."

Hill said that, for shortstop, "everything is happening in front of them."

"For second basemen, 70 percent of what you do is behind you," Hill said. "When a second baseman charges a slow roller, first base is now behind me. It's not as easy as people think. People think when someone goes to second, they're thinking of the ground ball right at him and the shorter throw. That's one-tenth of it. The other nine-tenths is hard."

Hill said he doubts Furcal will have any trouble making the adjustment to the new position, or getting used to Adeiny Hechavarria as his double play partner.

"I've mapped it out for them," Hill said. "Two weeks from now it'll be like they've played there forever."

Check out video of Hill working with Furcal in "The Bone Yard," Hill's private mini-sanctuary for infield instruction:


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Dionysus Thelxinoe

Clark why did you credit Manny "the Sweat Shirt" Navarro with the video upload? So we would know that you weren't to blame for the pointless, non sequitur videos that he also unwittingly loaded along with it?

Hey, I've always wondered what a drabby UM dinner would look like if someone sang an off-key version of Stand By Me.

And who doesn't want to listen to a meaningless seven minute interview with the FIU QB, or watch a slo-mo walk of Donna Shalala (what's up with THAT, Manuel? Looking kinda kinky there, dude!).

It's a downright shame I have to get back to business now and won't be able to watch all SEVENTY-NINE videos he kindly uploaded for us.

Good job, Manuel (cue the bigtime rolling of eyes)

Lou Vales

Now that is funny.


Manny's just a gofer and UM jock-sniffer. He gets paid in black beans and rice. Manny is the Heralds "Flounder" like in Animal House.

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