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Old 12-12-2013, 09:41 AM
SephClone89 SephClone89 is offline
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Originally Posted by doublem23 View Post
Yeah, exactly, I remember Orlando Cabrera calling the Sox official scorer during a game to protest an error he had been given and apparently, it was later overturned.

I'm suspect of defensive metrics in general, but errors and fielding percentage pretty much don't mean anything.
It honestly blows my mind that those stats are even used anymore. People have known of their limitations for decades and decades...

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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