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Zednem700
03-11-2002, 12:36 PM
This link takes you to an article that seems to show that the Sox team defense was actually pretty darn good the last two years.

http://www.baseballprimer.com/articles/rdudek_2002-03-11_0.shtml

You can read how this individual metric works through a link on the page. Basically he puts the Sox as the 5th best team defense in the AL last year, not great, but not as bad as some claim. There are reasons to be concerned though, because replacing Singleton with Lofton is almost certainly going to affect the team's D negatively. the article also provides more reasons for having Mark Johnson be the primary catcher.

Zednem 700

kermittheefrog
03-11-2002, 10:32 PM
I don't like the methology. I like Defensive Efficiency Record. The Sox still rank well in that.

MisterB
03-11-2002, 11:20 PM
If anyone's interested, there's a variation on the same concepts here (http://www.highboskage.com/) .
Check out the 'Overall Team Defense' section.