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CHICAGO -- Sometimes Javier Baez knows ahead of time where he is playing. http://www.airforcescarpe.it/chiaro-rosa-adidas-superstar-supercolor-donne-pack-scarpe-s41829.html . Sometimes he finds out when he arrives at the ballpark.Baez takes it all in stride. After all, his quick hands and athleticism go with him wherever he plays.I always come ready to be out there, Baez said.The versatility and can-do attitude of the 23-year-old Baez played a major role in the Chicago Cubs major league-leading 103 wins this year, helping clear the way for the team to carry three catchers and providing manager Joe Maddon with seemingly endless possibilities for his defensive alignments.He started at second in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Friday night and homered in the eighth inning, sending Chicago to a 1-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.The NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers have a multitalented player in veteran Howie Kendrick, and the Cleveland Indians, winners of the AL Central, played Jose Ramirez at four different spots this year. The Boston Red Sox used Brock Holt all over the field on their way to the AL East crown.The concept of a utilityman, a player who keeps several gloves in his locker and is ready to go anywhere in a pinch, has been around for a long time. But major league teams appear to be emphasizing more positional versatility up and down the roster, and this years playoffs include a handful of prominent examples.Its an important consideration for us, Indians president Chris Antonetti said. What we try to do is plan for different things that might happen over the course of the year. If guys dont perform, if you have injuries, who is going to be the replacement for that player? So, we go through literally the entire roster, everybody on the field, all the pitchers, if this happens, then what? And versatility helps you plan for that.So, a guy like Jose, who had the ability to not only play all the infield positions, but demonstrated an ability to go out to the outfield, thats immensely helpful as you plan a team, because he can cover you in so many places.Baez was selected by Chicago with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and came up through the minors as a shortstop. But the Cubs also have Addison Russell at that spot, so the team used Baez at several different positions to get him on the field.With his strong arm, quick feet and great hands, Baez might be Chicagos best defender at third, second and shortstop. He also made two starts at first this year. Oh, and he hit .273 with 14 homers and 59 RBI in 142 games.At first it was (hard) because I wasnt used to some positions, but thats why we work in spring training and now Im used to it, Baez said.Maddon is a big believer in versatility. He also has jack-of-all-trades Ben Zobrist, who played for Maddon with Tampa Bay and signed with the Cubs in the offseason, and Kris Bryant, the front-runner for NL MVP who started at third, first, left and right this year.A lot of times you get a kid like thatll come up and everybody says `You got to put him at one position or else youre going to stifle his development. I never understood that, Maddon said. I think you give a guy a chance to play multiple positions and he gets in the lineup more often, thats what happens.Maddon realizes Baez has special gifts.He is unusual. I mean theres not many kids that age that can play a variety of different positions as well as he does, Maddon said last month. Again, slow motor, in a sense, he doesnt get all hyped up about things. Extremely accurate, strong arm. Unbelievable hands and the willingness to do it. Not every team has one of those.The Dodgers also have one in the 33-year-old Kendrick, who made at least seven starts this year at second, third, first and left field. Kendrick played alongside Chone Figgins when he broke into the majors in 2006 with the Angels, and he got some advice from the utilityman that stays with him to this day.Just go out and see what you can do, Kendrick said when asked what Figgins told him. If they ask you if you can play somewhere, try it out and see how you like it. But never really give them an answer like `No. You just say, `Hey, sure, I can try it. If it works, it works.Like Maddon, Kendrick thinks positional versatility is only going to become more important.Essentially, one player becomes like four players, without having to burn multiple people, he said. The game nowadays, thats where its at -- utility guys.The Indians played without All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley for much of the year due to a right shoulder injury, and Ramirez helped make up for his absence by batting .312 with 11 homers and 76 RBI while mostly seeing time at third and in left.Ramirez started at third in Clevelands first two playoff games against Boston and went 4 for 7 as the Indians took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five ALDS.I think the way were constructed we need to have versatility, because if somebody gets hurt or we need to be able to maximize our roster, with guys like Mike Aviles a couple of years ago, and certainly Jose now, it allows us if theres an injury to move him, manager Terry Francona said. Also to create platoon advantages when we want to. And it has helped us enormously.---AP Sports Writers Tom Withers, Howard Fendrich and Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap http://www.airforcescarpe.it/air-force-one-nere-basse-uomo-premium-hiking-boot-nike-scarpe-318775-009.html . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Adidas Superstar 2 Glitter . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. http://www.airforcescarpe.it/adidas-superstar-2-grigie-porpora-uomo-donne-scarpe-g17251.html . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. Firing Jeff Fisher with three games remaining gives the Los Angeles Rams ample time to identify and pursue their next head coach.They will be looking to improve an offense that ranked 31st in touchdowns scored (137) during four-plus seasons under Fisher. They will want a coach who buys into rookie quarterback Jared Goff. If their next coach possesses the credentials to move the needle in the cluttered Los Angeles market, all the better.The Rams could make other changes to their leadership, which could in turn affect how a coaching search might proceed.?And there could be other considerations. Three of the stronger current candidates -- Jim Schwartz, Steve Spagnuolo and Scott Linehan -- could be excluded for the wrong reasons. Spagnuolo and Linehan were Rams head coaches previously, while Schwartz has a long association with Fisher from their days together in Tennesseee. http://www.airforcescarpe.it/uomo-donne-nike-air-force-one-low-07-lv8-scarpe-lupo-grigio-baroque-print-bronze-swoosh-718152-004.html. In the meantime, heres a quick look at six potential candidates with offensive pedigrees:Josh McDanielsOffensive coordinator, New England PatriotsHow a candidate will operate within an organizations walls can be one of the great unknown variables when a team hires a new coach from the outside. Since McDaniels was the Rams offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011, some team officials would have a better feel for him. McDaniels lasted only 28 games as the Denver Broncos head coach in 2009 and 10. How much has he grown from that experience?Josh McDaniels came out on fire in Denver with a 6-0 start and his ego ended up being his downfall, a former McDaniels associate said. 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