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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza hits ‘Little League home run’

Baseball is a kid’s game, as they say. And sometimes the adults look like kids when they are playing.

Case in point: This bunt hit by Tampa Bay’s Steven Souza during Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. Thanks to some horrific fielding, Souza rounded the bases and got a “Little League home run.”

Zach Posted: June 18, 2015 at 12:56 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, little league, nationals, rays

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sabermetric Research: Do defensive statistics overrate the importance of fielding?

Phil Birnbaum doesn’t like dWAR. Soon, if MLB allows researchers to access their new fielding data, dWAR for current seasons will be calculated in an entirely different manner.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 26, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics, war

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Who are the Best and Worst Defensive Teams So Far? | Articles | Bill James Online

KC has the best. Philadelphia has the worst.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 17, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dustin Pedroia’s Glove Work Saves Red Sox In Win Over Mariners (Videos) | Boston Red Sox | NESN.com

I have watched about 80% of the Red Sox games this year. Dustin Pedroia has looked as good as ever. I was surprised, however, to see he’s only at 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) and has a 0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating). I look forward to a future when FIELDf/x numbers are available. (Crossing fingers.) 

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, fielding, red sox

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

When hitters pitch, and other out-of-position classics. | SportsonEarth.com : Andrew Simon

There has to be some better picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2015 at 06:48 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Posnanski: Things I learned from Strat-o-Matic

Non-Strat-O-Matic fans who are curious about the subject can try to follow Poz’s attempt to explain the game mechanics. I have no idea if that is actually possible to do in this format. He tried, anyway.

Strat fans can presumably nod along, and appreciate this:


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Physics of Fielding – The Hardball Times

It’s science!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 01:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, statcast

Monday, January 19, 2015

Making small sample defensive metrics less volatile - Beyond the Box Score

What do I see? Well, raw IERP (and also raw DRS, not shown) has the same volatility as BABIP. Annual BABIP is mostly a crapshoot, so that confirms my expectation. ISO, wRC+ (and also wOBA, SLG, OBP, though not shown) are a fair bit better than BABIP. I don’t know about you, but when I see a one-year jump in ISO or wRC+, that’s a cause for interest. A one year blip may be a “breakout”, or the change might not last. We need to look deeper. Self-regression of IERP achieves that level of volatility; it makes the stat about as “reliable” as ISO or wRC+, an improvement I’m pleased with. Further up on the chart, the projected improvement in DRS with the Kalman filter techniques I’ve discussed (but not implemented) could produce volatility similar to plate discipline (K/BB). Plate discipline is in the family of the most reliable statistics on an annual basis. Strikeout rate is better still, but I chose to leave that off.

Is this level of improvement possible? Perhaps not. Based on my experience with this class of algorithms, I believe it is. Surely the burden of proof is incumbent upon the researcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, sabermetrics

 

 

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