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April 8, 2014

What You Need to Know

The New Class of Shift Candidate

by Daniel Rathman


The Monday Takeaway
As the Yankees’ beat writers have learned during the first week of the season, manager Joe Girardi is utilizing defensive shifts more liberally than he did last year.

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rebob9

Urban economics. Jumbo shrimp.

Apr 08, 2014 09:33 AM
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Bryan Cole

I didn't know Ventura was studying urban economics. Good for him!

...oh wait.

Apr 08, 2014 10:54 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Heh, unfortunate wording there. Fixed, thanks.

Apr 08, 2014 11:52 AM
 
medmel

Just 2 questions. Does the shiftiness of a manager change the apparent range factor of an infielder? How would you adjust for this?

Apr 08, 2014 10:20 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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It's funny that you mention that, because the Yankees' color guy, David Cone, mentioned that on the broadcast yesterday. I'd imagine the adjustment will become easier to make if/when FIELDf/x data become available.

Apr 08, 2014 12:49 PM
 
Travis Leleu

Daniel,

As a member of a forward thinking organization, shouldn't you not mention BJ Upton's SSS data against one particular starting pitcher? By bringing it up, how you did, it sounds like you believe it's significant.

I can almost understand the urge of a live TV announcer saying that. They have to think of things quickly, and ad hoc. But you didn't need to say that, because you could edit your article.

Or are you suggesting some sort of signal in 25 PA?

Apr 08, 2014 22:05 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Travis,

I go back and forth on the significance of head-to-head plate appearance data, as I think there are matchups in which it is significant. However, I agree that it generally is overused by announcers who need to come up with facts on the fly, and I try to avoid leaning on it in WYNTK unless there is a long-standing, eye-popping trend. This probably did not meet that standard, and it's fair for you to call me on it. Thanks for the feedback.

Apr 09, 2014 11:32 AM
 
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