A win-win situation

Not only is Carlos Guillen this year's best shortstop so far, but the mainstream media is starting to figure out why.

Originally Published: June 23, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Tuesday night I was trolling around on the InterWeb, looking for something to write about, when I came across one article that contained two small but welcome victories: one victory for Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen, and the other for baseball journalism.

Carlos Guillen
Carlos Guillen has already surpassed his season-high with 12 homers this season.

The article was about Guillen, who has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will both forestall Guillen's impending free agency and lock him up through the 2007 season. In case you haven't noticed, Guillen's been the best shortstop in the major leagues this season, and he really doesn't have any competition. He's got the highest on-base percentage (22 points ahead of Michael Young), the highest slugging percentage (22 points ahead of Jose Valentin) ... and he plays half his games in the toughest park for hitters in the American League (and probably the majors).