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Let's just set aside for now the fact that Goldy had more HR's, RBI's and let's just concentrate on the fact that a 1st baseman handles the ball during the course of a baseball game far more on average than any outfielder AND Goldy won a Gold Glove at that position. I am not a homer I have been watching baseball for 50 years so am able to look at this issue objectively.
In the past people were asking that MVP and HOF voters explain their votes. Now that I've seem some of the explanations, I find that I don't want to hear them anymore.
I disagree. I want to see the explanations and see how serious they take the job. I know I'm not going to agree with everyone's reason for doing what they did, but I think that if they show they took it seriously, then I can forgive them for having a mind in a different place than I do.
A shortstop ranges over makes a play that the system says "that play saved .3 runs" but his throw is off and the first baseman makes a good play and gets the out. In this situation the shortstop would be credited with saving .2 runs and the first baseman .1 run
Ok, some instant problems with this system. One, why should the bonus the 1B gets be dependent on the difficulty of the play the SS had?
Two, you will be removing far more runs from SS and 3B, than you will from 2B *and1B for that matter), simply because they have to make much more difficult throws on average. You will end up with a system where 2B have more defensive value than SS, which is obviously nonsense.
People hating on Sriracha are sad people.
The problem with cfb's example is that an average fielding first baseman who plays with a wild armed SS would grade out better than a really good defensive first baseman playing with a Cal Ripken-level SS, just because he gets far more chances to correct the other guy's errors.
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