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But defensively, he may be the best second baseman in baseball, and he is in the midst of one of the best seasons ever for a player at his position, having committed just one error in 112 games ... On pace to break Jose Oquendo’s 1990 record of three errors by a full-time second baseman, matched by Cano in 2010, Barney has taken part in 68 double plays, 3 more than in his 135 games last season. His average of 5.23 plays per nine innings entering the weekend was far above the league average, 4.79.
But the reason Barney is ranked so high in the WAR standings is his ability to prevent other teams from scoring.
According to Baseball Info Solutions, a company that has tracked every play since 2003, Barney has made a mistake (regardless of whether an error was recorded) just 18 times after committing 30 defensive misplays last season.
The company tallies the runs a defensive player saves over a league-average replacement, and Barney is leading the majors with 29 - one short of the highest recorded score of 30, set by Craig Counsell in 2005 and tied by Chase Utley in 2008.
For comparison, Cano had 29 defensive misplays in 2010 and Utley had 35 in 2008.
Posted: August 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM | 9 comment(s)
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