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July 18, 2012 5:00 am

Manufactured Runs: Getting Shifty Again


Colin Wyers

BIS addressed one problem with their defensive metric that was making Brett Lawrie look better than he is.

A while back, you may recall, I wrote an article about Brett Lawrie’s rating in one defensive metric, Baseball Info Solution’s Defensive Runs Saved. My conclusion:

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Is the shifty Brett Lawrie truly the amazing fielder that some defensive metrics claim he is?

Let’s play a game called “Which one of these is not like the others?”

Culled from Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and yours truly, defensive ratings for Brett Lawrie:

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November 11, 2010 9:00 am

Manufactured Runs: Derek Jeter And The Philosopher's Stone


Colin Wyers

Why did the Captain win the Gold Glove? There's cause for outrage here, but not where you might think.

I suppose I ought to say something about the Gold Gloves, huh?

Now, I’m sure everyone knows what I think about Derek Jeter’s defense—it’s probably being overrated even by “advanced” defensive metrics (which aren’t exactly kind to him). So how did he win?

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How do you watch a ball and mark it down?

One of the things about being a baseball analyst as a writer is that I have the luxury of taking the broad view. If I am right about most players, I’m doing a pretty good job. If I miss on a player here or there…I don’t enjoy it, and I try and learn from it, but it’s not devastating.

A general manager, on the other hand, is responsible for about 25 players or so—more if you include everyone who could conceivably play on a team in one season, fewer if you limit it to players who will end up having (or missing) enough playing time to have a real impact. Missing on one player can, in fact, be devastating.

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