today returns to his first (and my) first love, baseball! Though he is, of course, more geeky and fact-based than I am, 91.5 percent of the time. He has just posted on why AL triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera should not get the nod this week for Most Valuable Player. Just one piece of evidence, favoring Mike Trout: "One of these systems, Ultimate Zone Rating, estimates that Trout saved the Angels 11 runs with his defense in the outfield. Cabrera, a clumsy defender at third base who is more naturally suited to play first base, cost the Tigers 10 runs with his.
his defense and his base running, therefore, Trout was about 35 runs
more valuable to the Angels than Cabrera was to the Tigers. By contrast,
the 14 additional home runs that Cabrera hit (44 against Trout’s 30)
were worth about 22 extra runs for the Tigers, based on measures that
convert players’ contributions to a common scale."
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Silver and Diamonds
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch