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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It’s significant, really significant. It’s sufficiently significantly significant that my jaw dropped when I read it. That’s five wins in 709.2 innings (or about 79 games). Color me skeptical. In an article from July, Molina ranked 11th overall and Marchi’s method credited him with 15 runs saved to that point. That means in a few weeks in July and the months of August and September Molina saved 35 runs by framing pitches. Compare the 50 runs figure to the totals contained in Marchi’s introductory article on Baseball Prospectus (which estimated that Molina had saved 62.8 runs *in the previous four years*) and the numbers just don’t look right. I guess it’s not impossible but I’d need to read a more detailed breakdown of the figures before I accept it at face value.
Maddon: Well, I could reveal to you a stat that I just got today that I think would really blow some people’s minds up. I don’t know exactly how it’s calculated or formulated, but it was concluded that he saved us 50 runs this year. And that’s highly significant. You could break down—you know, people just notice once well, maybe he does not block a baseball. I agree with that, although when he has to, he has blocked the ball well. Early in the season, he was not throwing well, but by the end of the year, he was one of the best throwers in the American League. Also by the end of the year, he started hitting the ball and impacting it a lot better. But we did not—whatever we get from his bat was always going to be a bonus. It was primarily based on defense. So if you get a catcher that’s saving you 50 runs on an annual basis, that is highly significant. So, again, without—I don’t have all the information in front of me, but that’s a highly significant number. So, at the end of the day, people are going to look at the superficial part of all this, but we can’t do that. We do have to look under the hood, and actually, Jose was very, very prominent in our success this year.
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