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Boss switches from third to center field to replace Eckerle

By Jeremy Warnemuende          Posted: 02/16/12 8:32pm         

Although junior Torsten Boss is a key returner for the MSU baseball team, he will be doing some adjusting early in the season.

After playing most of last season at third base, Boss is making the switch to center field to replace graduated Brandon Eckerle. Boss said he played a few games in the outfield last season and spent some time out there during while playing in the famous Cape Cod League last summer.

“Other than that, not much,” Boss said Tuesday. “But I’m ready to play center field this year.”

Boss said he should be fine in terms of athleticism and quickness, but making a switch from the hot corner to the outfield does present some challenges.

“It’s just reading balls off the bat, it’s a little different,” Boss said. “But I feel I can play outfield. So I’ve just been working on my reads, that’s about it.”

MSU had a chance to practice more outside this offseason because of the warm winter temperatures, and Boss, who also will bat third this year for the Spartans, said that has made the adjustment easier.

“Seeing more fly balls and reading the sun and everything has helped a lot,” Boss said.

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