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Old 09-16-2013, 08:17 AM
SephClone89 SephClone89 is offline
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Originally Posted by chicagowhitesox1 View Post
One of the best managers of all time (John Mcgraw) once was told a player in the minors had never made an error and McGraw replied "If this kid has never made an error then I don't want him because he's not going after the hard ones. Smart men like McGraw knew even in the 1920's that fielding percentage meant nothing.
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Originally Posted by Zakath View Post
Too bad no one remembered that the year they gave Jeter the Gold Glove when he only had 6 errors...
Then there's also this from Branch Rickey:

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Fielding averages? Utterly worthless as a yardstick. They are not only misleading, but deceiving. Take Zeke Bonura, the old White Sox first baseman, generally regarded as a poor fielder. The fielding averages showed that he led American League in fielding for three years. Why? Zeke had "good hands"! Anything he reached, he held. Result: an absence of errors. But he was also slow moving and did not cover much territory. Balls that a quicker man may have fielded went for base hits, but the fielding averages do not reflect this.
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