Gold Gloves Newsbeat
Monday, November 11, 2013
Congrats to all the BBTF members who contributed to the process!
Well, last year Rawlings announced that they would be using input from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to help decide the winners of the Gold Glove awards going forward. At the time, there was quite a bit of healthy skepticism about the who, what and how of this new methodology, but then the 2013 Gold Gloves came out, and most sabermetrically-minded folks had precious little to complain about.*
* - Little to complain about is relative, especially on the internet. And we’ll get to this later. Promise.
At any rate, SABR and Rawlings invented not a true metric, but an index: the SABR Defensive Index (SDI). SDI was developed by the SABR Defensive Committee (good, smart folks), and takes into account most major defensive metrics and, well, you should probably just read a lot about it here. More importantly, this page also shows us how qualified players scored on the SDI. This is good. Transparency is very, very good. Take a minute and see where the actual winners and the SDI leaders intersect:
Here’s the full SABR SDI results.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Nice collection of videos put together at AZ Snakepit. The guy was amazing all year. A defensive season for the ages, one of the best I have ever seen, and if the Fielding Bibile numbers are to be believed, it was just that.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Always interesting stuff from BIS and John Dewan. Here’s one position recap:
Catchers: Yadier Molina is the reigning Fielding Bible Award winner at catcher, and he is the narrow favorite again this season. We estimate that he saved 12 runs this year, which trails both Russell Martin (16) and Wellington Castillo (19). However, on a rate basis, Molina had them beat. Molina has thrown out 42 percent of attempted basestealers and has blocked 97 percent of potential wild pitches, both of which lead all qualified catchers. In terms of raw numbers, Martin has thrown out more runners and Castillo has more blocks, but Molina has better rates with fewer opportunities. The AL Gold Glove should be a bit less of a race with Salvador Perez separating himself from his competitors with 11 Runs Saved.
Read the article to see the infield picks.
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