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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The latest Rosenthal.
Teams that use advanced statistical models incorporate a player’s defense and base running into their evaluations.
Put it all together, and the newest New York Yankee, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, is still an above-average player — “a lot better than you think,” according to one rival executive.
Suzuki, the exec said, is only an average hitter at this point, maybe even a tick below. But he remains a terrific base runner and great defender, the exec added, compensating for his offensive decline.
The Yankees, one of the most aggressive teams in their use of statistical analysis, likely viewed Ichiro in that light.
In looking over some info about Ichiro, I noticed two things: 1) he’s having trouble with inside pitches, 2) he’s, as he always has been, an opposite field hitter. With that in mind, I doubt he’ll be able to take advantage of the change in ballpark as some might expect. So, although the Yankees didn’t really give up much for him, I don’t really expect to see him be much of an impact for them.
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