Troy Tulowitzki: Shortstops view move to third 'as a punch in the gut'

July 16, 2014 - 6:10 am

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was a time when some doubted whether Troy Tulowitzki could stay at shortstop. He is a 6-foot-3 giant for the position, and certainly has the size of a corner. It was a perception battle that he was intent on fighting when he entered pro ball as a 2005 first-rounder of the Rockies. "Coming out of college, I was a bigger shortstop and they said, 'We might have to move this guy to third,' " said Tulowitzki. "Hopefully I've proved the critics wrong who wanted to move me, but my plan is to always stay there and not move." The 29-year-old is now a two-time Gold Glover at short, and his production from the position has made him a perennial All-Star. He's played every day of his big league career at short. But in a year that has seen Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts move from short to third, Tulowitzki's outlook on how he might view a position change were noteworthy. "Moreso than any other position on the field, shortstops take [the identity created by their position] to heart. When guys get moved to third, they take it as a punch in the gut," said Tulowitzki. "I would do the same thing. I want to stay at shortstop. I want to be there for a long time, hopefully my whole career. "If someone had said [that a move to third was necessary] to me, there would have been a big argument. I'm going to stay here and I'm going to prove you wrong," he added. "Maybe it worked better for [Bogaerts'] team, him moving to third. I know that it's something that I wouldn't do personally. I'm a shortstop at heart. That's what I take passion in. That's what I put in all my workouts in the offseason, which are designed to play the shortstop position." For more on the "shortstop identity" question -- and how the Yankees once considered moving Derek Jeter off of shortstop as a minor leaguer -- click here.