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Monday, November 11, 2013

The 2013 Gold Gloves and the SABR Defensive Index - Beyond the Box Score

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2013 at 09:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold gloves, sabermetrics, sabr

Friday, November 01, 2013

Gerardo Parra highlight reel, top 25 play

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.

Shoebo Posted: November 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, diamondbacks, general, gold gloves

 

 

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