This is as enjoyable a baseball season as I’ve personally experienced in 14 years.

Each time we look at the standings, there are the Mariners right above the world champion Astros. Better yet, every day this week the Angels and their injured hype-machine, Shohei Ohtani, are left further and further behind.

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But there is a dilemma. A small one that we’ll have to figure out in about a month and a half.

Robinson Canó will be returning at some point in August. Where’s he gonna play? Things seem to be working pretty well with Dee Gordon back at his natural position of second base and Guillermo Heredia in center field. Why mess with that?

Well, because you have to mess with it a little. No matter what their record is in Canó’s absence, when given the option to put his bat in the lineup, you’re gonna take it.

General manager Jerry Dipoto commented to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on this very issue earlier in the week. He allows for some “time-sharing” but also says something about Dee not being able to “go play center field for a month-and-a-half and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re going to go play second base in the biggest game of your career when you just haven’t been out there.”

Why not? He’s already done it twice.

When Gordon was acquired, he had basically no experience as a center fielder, but he learned the position pretty quickly and did a decent job for the first month and a half of the season. Then, when Canó got himself suspended, Gordon went right back to second base without missing a beat.

Does the idea that it’s a “big game” change the way he might play if another defensive switch is made …read more

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