As I have noted in past installments of these ratings, this season has been one of the more static in terms of which players are on top and bottom of these ratings, at least the way I remember it. It may be that my memory is getting faulty, or maybe just selective. I dunno. But in this (likely) final rating of the season, there is still some interesting stuff to discuss beyond simply the ratings, leaders, and trailers.
Archive for the ‘Matt Wieters’ Category
Posted by Matt Klaassen under Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Fogging The Measure, Kansas City Royals, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina on Aug 29, 2013
Posted by Matt Klaassen under Alex Avila, Fogging The Measure, Joe Mauer, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina on Jul 25, 2013
Like last month’s rankings, this month’s updates of my crude catcher defense rankings once again are reassuring that these ratings are measuring something real, even if that is somewhat boring. But if we look more closely at the components, some interesting contrasts stand out. We will troll around the middle a bit, too, to see what interesting stuff might come up. Read on, catcher defense fans.
Posted by Matt Klaassen under Fogging The Measure, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina on May 23, 2013
We bloggers are spur-of-the-moment, react-just-to-react types, you know? We live for the present. And for the snark. And dogmatically defending metrics because we just can’t handle uncertainty.
Sometimes, though, we like an “evergreen” series of posts. Even we dwellers in the ephemeral like to have something we can fall back on. In my case, I have chosen to do catcher fielding rankings on (somewhat) monthly basis. It seems like a good idea for an easy, quasi-monthly post, but then I realize how clunky my spreadsheet is, and how it needs to be touched up and checked every time, and how the first post of the year, especially, is brutal since I have usually forgotten how a lot of it is set up. SIGH. Blogging: it’s hard, y’all.
I started doing the catcher defensive rankings at the end of 2009 for a now-defunct site, and even though I think there are catcher fielding metrics available now that are probably better, this is somewhat expected of me and people seem to like it, so I am going to try and stop apologizing for it. (For some of that, here are last year’s final rankings.) Anyway, it is always fun to start them early enough in the year so that someone surprising will end up on top (or bottom) and people will throw a fit about it. So forget sample size qualifications, true talent-versus-observed performance reminders, and methodological admissions (brief notes about the method can be found at the very bottom of the post — please read that before complaining), let’s get to it!
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Baltimore Orioles, Buck Showalter, Matt Wieters on Jan 17, 2013
News came down yesterday that the miracle Baltimore Orioles opted to extend the contract of manager Buck Showalter. And extend it they did, locking up their field genius for, um, six years? He’s in place until 2018? Okay then!