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But there is a more subtle crime that can be difficult to avoid: Accidentally interpreting the information we gather through the lens of what we want to happen. Davis was interesting to talk to, sympathetic and likeable; did that up-close knowledge render me incapable of drawing an objective conclusion, and presenting it to readers? And to overstate Duda’s problems, which he seems to have since overcome?
Well, yeah. Reporting is still the best way do the job, but it must include an additional step: Pause, step back, be aware of what you are feeling. And question it, more than I did while working this particular story.
“I think just moving from left field to first base was a big confidence boost,” he said. “Left field was…uh…. I mean…,” here, he appeared to be searching for a more delicate phrasing, before settling on the blunt truth. “It was terrible. I didn’t play a good left field at all. Absolutely, that carried over and transferred to my at-bats."
Wally Backman stepped out of the managers’ office, squinted, and waved us into the clubhouse (most likely with a cuss word, delivered genially). But the moment I pushed the door open, the mistake was obvious: The 51s had lost, and every player sat silent at his locker, in full uniform, stewing.
Oops. Even the nice guys were giving us the stink eye, and that Vegas clubhouse is one of the sweatiest, most crowded rooms in baseball. We were in their space, it was awkward, and we had no idea how to extricate ourselves.
Murphy looked twice as bad as Duda did, easily, and he ended up fine at 2B.
Huh? Murphy has -35 Rfield in three years at 2B. Fangraphs is more kind but still has him at -22. Those Rfield seasons represent 3 of the 8 worst 2B seasons of the last 3 years. It's the 2nd worst total over those last 3 years
The strange thing is, when he came up in 08, he was ok there. Prob below average, but not a disaster or anything. In 2009, well, he had a ton of interesting plays out there, to be kind.
re: den Dekker:
re: Tejada: Assuming that David Wright hasn't lost his mojo, a whole lot of things have gone well this year in terms of the future outlook. But Flores has not been one
a whole lot of things have gone well this year in terms of the future outlook. But Flores has not been one. They need to play him, and if it's so utterly impossible to play him in the OF for some reason, apparently it needs to be at SS.
No one ever says, "Batting average loves Cabrera." or "Slugging percentage adores Stanton." That would sound ridiculous. We say that Cabrera is a great hitter, or Stanton has great power. Statistics are supposed to accurately REFLECT what the players do; they don't try to subjectively DICTATE what we should think of the players.
A double that a hitter crushed to the power alley goes down in the books just the same as a pop-fly double where the second baseman ran into the shortstop and the center fielder's pants fell down.
Statistics are supposed to accurately REFLECT what the players do; they don't try to subjectively DICTATE what we should think of the players.
I am ready for the flaming, but I cannot find it in my heart to truly trust advanced defensive metrics at this time. I just can't.
3. It is ludicrous to refer to either Rfield or UZR as "scattershot." Both are rigorous, detailed, documented systems for measuring defensive performance/ability.
Sandy sez Kirk over den Dekker because it's a reserve role, basically.
If all of the so-called advanced defensive metrics say that Andrelton Simmons is the best SS in the game, I am inclined to defer to the sum of their wisdom. If someone says "Fangraphs says Lucas Duda sucks but BB-Ref says he's merely mediocre," then I'm okay with saying that Lucas Duda is probably not a good fielder.
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