Bill James and a Baseball Analyst.
Two consecutive posts that refer all of you to read something beforehand? I know, but yesterday the article negatively affected me, and today it’s the opposite of negative, which of course would be positive. These are the articles I prefer to read, and are the reason I visit this site to begin with. It is written by the "Baseball Analysts" crew, Rich Lederer to be exact, and is based upon the new "Bill James Handbook." And I have much respect and admiration for Bill James the baseball [expert], so I will value his opinion, even if I don’t agree with everything that he originates.
"The Fielding Bible" awards are released once again, and are shown in this book, or so Lederer says. Pujols really seems to be flexing his muscles at first…again. He is regarded by this crew of knowledgeable minds, to once again, be the best defensive first baseman in all of baseball. And he is one of the five best hitters in the game to go along with the "Real Golden Glove." Not too shabby.
The fielding award that surprises me the most is Pedro Feliz getting the nod as the best glove at the 3B position for 2007. When one thinks of great defenders at this position, names such as Chavez or Lowell might come to mind. But Pedro Feliz? I never would have guessed that he had a glove to go along with his below average bat, which does have some pop. And they are not saying that Feliz is the best defensive third baseman, they are saying that he was during the 2007 campaign only.
Jeter and Ramirez are no surprise as being viewed as the worst at their respective positions. I watch Ramirez a lot and it is obvious that he is terrible out there. The wall takes away from his lack of range a little, which is a plus, but he still looks like a poor fielder. Jeter on the other hand needs to switch positions. He is getting worse and moving to third would really benefit the team. Every year he has been rated as one of the worst with the glove at this position and he is only going to decline on defense. And again, I have much respect for Jeter, so this isn’t simply a Red Sox fan taking shots at a future Hall of Famer’s weakness.’ And again, I listen to Bill James when he speaks, or more accurately writes, as I have never actually heard him speak. So unless this is some diabolical scheme to hurt the Yankees even more (James works for the Red Sox), then based on what I see and what I listen to experts say, Jeter should be **** no more.
Every other winner makes some sense. I know that they all have a reputation for being able to field their positions. And this plus/minus system is an interesting take on analyzing defenders. There are some other interesting takes on young players and baserunning skills too.