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  1. Has there been talk of adding a defense section to the stats pages?

    Comment by Scappy — December 4, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  2. You might say that the timing of these posts and a forthcoming announcement are not coincidental.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — December 4, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  3. You might say, we just ate Uter, and he’s inside our stomachs right now! Wait, scratch that one.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — December 4, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

  4. “You might say that the timing of these posts and a forthcoming announcement are not coincidental.”

    Whoo hoo! The biggest barrier for me in really understanding defense has been the lack of BPB numbers for me to dig into.

    By they way, Dave, thanks for you work on this. In case you’re not already planning this (and I’m willing to bet that you are planning it), I’d really like to understand the relationship between successful and unsuccessful fielding and runs scored.

    Comment by philosofool — December 4, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  5. Are defensive plays reflected in Fantasy Baseball? If not, that might be a reason this aspect of the game doesn’t command as much attention as others.

    Comment by Tom Au — December 4, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

  6. Tom– no, they’re not in fantasy.

    Comment by dan — December 4, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  7. Tom Au writes: “Are defensive plays reflected in Fantasy Baseball? If not, that might be a reason this aspect of the game doesn’t command as much attention as others.”

    That’s almost certainly correct insofar as websites and blogs are concerned. Fantasy baseball drives our knowledge toward predicting fantasy scoring stats. When it comes to knowing about offense and pitching, I know about players from all over the MLB because is matter to my fantasy teams. I pretty much only look at defense when (a) it’s a player on my team or (b) I’m reading one of Dave’s posts to learn a bit about defense. Once defensive stats are little more readily available, that may change.

    However, there’s not much excuse in MLB front offices for neglecting defensive skills. Unlike our fantasy wins, their wins actually depend on fielding defense.

    Comment by philosofool — December 4, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

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