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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Royals outfielders collectively led the league in both DRS and UZR this season, and Gordon, Cain, and Dyson ranked third, fourth, and ninth, respectively, among individual outfielders in DRS. The Royals outfielders’ arms account for some of the strength of their defensive ratings, but they nearly doubled the closest club in UZR Range Runs, which measures only how good they were at getting to balls. “We’re not just talking about a good outfield, or a great outfield,” wrote Baseball Prospectus’s Sam Miller on Monday, noting that the three outfielders’ 2014 DRS totals at the positions they play would prorate to a combined plus-80 over 135 games. “We’re talking about what one might decide to argue is the greatest defensive outfield of all-time.” It’s certainly looked like it lately, as all four Royals outfielders have taken turns topping each other with increasingly spectacular grabs.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It’s Jeff Sullivan, with GIFs, talking about defense on Fangraphs. Read it.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II) | Articles | Bill James Online
Outfielders and pitchers.
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I) | Articles | Bill James Online
Here’s some early insight into the Gold Glove race.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Duh, but also, thanks, Jeff.
In Zone Year: League%, Gordon%, Difference 2010: 87.1%, 91.7%, 4.6% 2011: 90.4%, 92.3%, 1.9% 2012: 89.7%, 91.3%, 1.6% 2013: 90.6%, 91.8%, 1.2% 2014: 88.4%, 91.6%, 3.2% Out-of-Zone Year: League Rate, Gordon Rate, Difference 2010: 0.049, 0.043, -0.006 2011: 0.065, 0.057, -0.008 2012: 0.058, 0.062, 0.004 2013: 0.066, 0.081, 0.015 2014: 0.057, 0.082, 0.025
Monday, August 11, 2014
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward tops the NL’s SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through games of August 3, 2014, while Alex Gordon leads a trio of Kansas City outfielders who all rank in the top 10 of the AL SDI rankings.
The SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Even the Mets, who watch Juan Lagares play every day, are sometimes amazed by the outfielder’s capabilities.
Lagares put on another defensive show in Monday’s loss to the Giants, throwing a runner out at home plate in the seventh inning to stop the bleeding during a potentially huge rally.
With one run already home and two men on base, Pablo Sandoval hit a sharp single to center field. Lagares charged, took a quick extra step and fired home, putting his entire body’s momentum behind the throw. It sailed about a foot to the third-base side of home plate, allowing catcher Travis d’Arnaud to catch it on the fly and apply the tag.
“There are a lot of good outfielders in this league, but Juan Lagares ranks right with anybody in this league defensively,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s got a great arm.”
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Good material with some good numbers in here. But it’s questionable that this is the solution:
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Some good plays here. As great as they are, all outfield arms must line up behind Ellis Valentine.
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