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Uhh…a stathammer I’m gonna conk all the Jeter-bacchers at the bar today during Yankee Opening Day? No?...OK, Sean Smith lets on.
There are some big disagreements on a few players, like Edgar Renteria, Jack Wilson, and Hanley Ramirez, but the two zone ratings agree on most. The correlation coefficient between the two ratings is .827. STATS is using larger zones, showing more opportunities for every player. I don’t know what the BIS zones look like, but I can show you what the STATS zones look like here. This is not a big deal, using a slightly larger or smaller zone doesn’t make one measure better or worse than another, what is important is that is used consistently for all players.
What troubles me the most is not the opportunities, but the plays made column. A play made, whether in or out of zone, should be credited every time a player fields a groundball and records an out. Line drives and popups should not be included. Double plays started should count just the same as other outs, and when a player is the middle man in a double play, that should not affect his zone rating at all.
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