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Dustin Pedroia Vs. Robinson Cano: Who Is The Best Second Baseman Of The Decade?

No, not of the past decade. But of this decade, the one we're in right now. Yes, the decade is that includes just one season of baseball. That's the type of prediction work SB Nation's Rob Neyer is working on, position-by-position, and on Wednesday he got to second base

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For Neyer, it came down to the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano and the Boston Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia. And citing his recent injury, he had to give the nod to Cano. 

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Pedroia's a year younger than Cano, and over the last three seasons, when Pedroia's been healthy he's been better than Cano.

It seems to me that how you answer this question depends on what you think of Pedroia's ability to stay healthy over the next six or eight seasons (beyond that, nobody can even guess). Missing half a season kills a player's next-season projection, and it probably should. Players who get hurt tend to get hurt again. And in the last four seasons, Cano has averaged 160 games per season.

That's awesome. Oh, and those three-year rankings? They include Cano's weak 2008 season, which came after an outstanding 2007 campaign that we've not counted anywhere yet.

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And the reader's voting, perhaps swayed by Neyer's opinion, is favoring Cano as well. The Yankees 2B is currently leading with 42 percent; Pedroia is second, with 26 percent of the voting.