Among fans and in the media, second base may be the most overlooked position in baseball. Second basemen are least likely to do the kinds of things offensively that generate headlines. They are rarely known for their power output. There are also comparatively few batting champions who won their titles while patrolling second base (though 3 of the players listed below proved to be exceptions to that rule, with 11 career batting titles between them).
A recent television advertisement depicts workers standing around their personal data arrays bemoaning the messages they are receiving from other team members. They are bewildered and dismayed that the messages ask for their global business strategy. Looking among one another, they query if they even have a global business strategy. We almost have to conclude, they have none.
Of course, the ad is selling a communications product not business strategy. Yet,…