Derek Jeter’s UZR at shortstop last season was 6.6 runs above average. Nick Swisher’s UZR in right field last season was -0.7 runs below average. Johnny Damon’s UZR in left field last season was -9.2 runs below average. From my own experiences, many baseball fans often toss around FanGraphs’ Ultimate Zone Ratings without much context [...]
Earlier this year, Justin Bopp over at Beyond the Box Score showcased a unique illustrative method termed DiamondView (it was Bopp’s creation), in order to evaluate team capabilities with regards to fielding (UZR/150), getting on base (OBP), base-running (EQBRR), and power (ISO). Last time, he provided us with the following review of the American League [...]
Check out Justin Bopp’s DiamondView review of the 2009 American League East. Bopp has basically crafted an illustrative method “to visualize the five classic player tools into comparable shapes.” Interestingly, from this visual analysis, fielding and speed don’t look too important. This seems like a flaw, really. Still, I bet Brett Gardner is pissed.