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Monday, August 13, 2018

Fangraphs: Jackie Bradley, Jr. and the Error Rule

To summarize:

1. The MLB rules state that the part of the error rule about ordinary effort is an objective standard.

2. The part of the error rule that says it’s all dependent on the judgment of the official scorer establishes a subjective standard.

3. Statcast is more 1. than 2.

IMO the standard of “ordinary effort” applies to any part of the fielding process, not the sum total. If a fielder gets an extraordinary jump, runs with extraordinary speed on an unusually efficient route, and then botches the catch, it doesn’t matter that ordinary effort wouldn’t have put him in position to make the catch. A fielder in position to make the catch will, in ordinary effort, make the catch. Failing to catch it, after getting into position, is an error. Failing to get into position to make the catch - through ordinary effort - is not an error.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

My Father’s Memories of Working with Carl Yastrzemski at Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm in the Early Eighties

Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski worked as a spokesman for Kahn’s-Hillshire Farm.  Being a well-known baseball player with a memorable Polish last name, Yastrzemski was the perfect fit to help the company grow its kielbasa and smoked sausage market share.  When Yastrzemski and the Red Sox came into town to face the Baltimore Orioles, my father got the unique opportunity and rare privilege to work alongside and get to know a future Hall of Fame baseball player.  Over the years, my father has recounted his memories of Yastrzemski and shared his autographs, pictures, and other keepsakes given to him by the Red Sox legend.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

J.D. Martinez’s Defense? What The Numbers Really Say

The graphics are goofy; the videos are useful; the conversation is fantastic. A moderate-depth piece from Alex Speier on why some advanced defensive metrics aren’t advanced enough.

“Statcast data has changed the way that internally teams are doing defensive evaluations,” Stern told Martinez. “But to the best of my knowledge, I don’t think very much of that is public, so it hasn’t really changed any of the public-facing numbers that people have access to.”

Martinez had heard similar feedback last year after he was traded from the Tigers to the Diamondbacks. With Detroit, Martinez had graded as well below-average. After his trade, UZR and DRS offered favorable numbers for his work. Martinez recalled a conversation with Arizona head of analytics Mike Fitzgerald in which he discussed the disparity.

“My [UZR] has always been a negative in the outfield,” recounted Martinez. “Then I go to Arizona and my [UZR] is positive. I go, ‘What’s the difference?’ He said, ‘Now we’ve got you positioned right.’ ”


Monday, July 23, 2018

PBS American Masters: Ted Williams

Showing tonight, at 9 PM local time for me. YMMV; check your local listings. (EDIT: link to online version here, h/t to Jim Furtado. Link says the video expires 8/20/18.  -vi)

In honor of the centennial of Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, American Masters presents a new biography of the Boston Red Sox player who may have been the greatest hitter who ever lived.


 

 

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