After hours and hours of early morning practice, not only did Schumaker make himself into a middle infielder, but a respectable one at that. So much so, that during the playoffs, manager Tony La Russa went with his best infield defense that included Skip at second.
The 30-year-old has quite a fan in his skipper. La Russa believes that Schumaker's transformation from outfielder to the cornerstone is the most impressive thing he has seen during his time as a manager.
Even during his move in the field, Skip never missed a beat at the plate. Schumaker hit .296/.364/.393 serving as the team's primary leadoff man. And off the field, he has quietly become one of the team's leaders.
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