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September 10, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Angels in the Outer Field Area

by Sam Miller

Two years and one month ago, after a particularly bad series, I wrote about the worst defensive outfield in baseball: Rivera in left, Hunter in center, Abreu in right. This is not that anymore.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

And my favorite:

There was a year when the Angels had Gary Pettis and Devon White playing in the same outfield. I can't even imagine what that would have been like, but Trout and Bourjos are pretty special. 

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Richard Bergstrom

It'd be even better (for my fantasy team) if Bourjos got more than an at bat a week

Sep 10, 2012 10:38 AM
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BP staff member Jason Wojciechowski
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So much running. I'm tired.

Sep 10, 2012 11:13 AM
 
ttt

I imagine this is better than when the Mets had Beltran, Endy Chavez, and [third OF] out there. Unreal.

Sep 10, 2012 12:16 PM
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jdeich

The Endy Chavez NLCS play remains my favorite defensive moment this century, both for its athleticism and for occurring in a tied Game 7. It was the play little kids imagine making when they're standing in Little League outfields.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=2968151

Sep 11, 2012 10:18 AM
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Josh A

Is this the most gifs that have ever been in one BP piece?

Sep 10, 2012 13:50 PM
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BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

Not even close. Blind BABIP test had 18, for starters.

Sep 10, 2012 14:29 PM
 
Josh A

Ahh, I had forgotten about that one. And every other one that had more gifs, obviously.

Sep 10, 2012 14:59 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

The Blind BABIP might've had fewer GIF frames though. Each one of these GIF clips runs for about 10 seconds where the BABIP clips were about four GIF frames a piece.

Sep 11, 2012 10:18 AM
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rjblakel

I gotta fever and the only prescription is more gifs! http://goo.gl/P0Gi

...but seriously, BP, gifs add such a great layer to analysis.

Sep 10, 2012 16:14 PM
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BP staff member Andrew Koo
BP staff

Love the gifs. Staring the first one under Saturday, wondering if Trout could've had gotten to it instead of Vernon... could he have?

Sep 10, 2012 20:10 PM
 
BP staff member Sam Miller
BP staff

I think so! Angels outfield defense ruining Angels' outfielders defensive stats

Sep 10, 2012 20:47 PM
 
Richard Bergstrom

More proof FRAA is weird. Bourjos went from -7.1 FRAA in 2011 to 6.5 FRAA in 2012 with much less playing time.

Sep 11, 2012 10:15 AM
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