Opening Day starters:

Year Shortstop Second base

2012 Jamey Carroll Alexi Casilla

Carroll signed to steady infield after 2011 debacle.

2011 Alexi Casilla Tsuyoshi Nishioka

The pair ultimately switched positions, to no avail.

2010 J.J. Hardy Orlando Hudson

Hardy traded to make room for Nishioka. Really?

2009 Nick Punto Alexi Casilla

Neither Opening Day starter batted over .228.

2008 Adam Everett Brendan Harris

Offseason additions lasted one year together.

2007 Jason Bartlett Luis Castillo

Bartlett looked to be SS answer, then traded to Rays.

2006 Juan Castro Luis Castillo

Light-hitting Castro lasted until June trade to Reds.

2005 Jason Bartlett Luis Rivas

Final year for Rivas, once hailed as budding star.

2004 Cristian Guzman Luis Rivas

Guzman last to start successive openers at shortstop.