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  1. I think the most surprising UZR tidbit (at least to a Mets fan) is Daniel Murphy having a positive rating. That alone makes me question UZR.

    Comment by CajoleJuice — May 4, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  2. The Astros have only one terrible defender, Carlos Lee, and they take him out for defense when they can. Tejada’s not good but not dreadful. Pence and Berkman are outstanding. Bourn has good range. Matsui’s healthy, which helps. Blum has been a plus defender at third base for many years.

    Comment by rfs1962 — May 4, 2009 @ 10:10 am

  3. (astros fan)

    they have been playing impressive defense this year. but its not like they were bad defensively last year.

    Comment by Joel — May 4, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  4. tejada has been making great plays this year

    Comment by Joel — May 4, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  5. If you have not seen the play they made against the Reds in the seventh inning on April 20, it’s worth a look. Bourn plays a double off the wall on one hop, makes a perfect throw to the cutoff man Tejada, who makes another perfect throw to nail the runner at the plate. Seamless and impressive, even though they gave up two runs on the play and lost the game.

    Comment by rfs1962 — May 4, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  6. I always thought that wild year-to-year swings of UZR were not uncommon. I would also imagine that some of the balls that might go for doubles in SafeCo are going for homeruns in Citizen’s Bank Park, which UZR can’t account for.

    Comment by Adam — May 4, 2009 @ 11:37 am

  7. Does the fact that Ibanez is playing in a different park have any impact on his UZR you think?

    Comment by Joe — May 4, 2009 @ 12:04 pm

  8. agreed, and it’s good, not just barely good. Perhaps our reactions are jumping the gun.

    Comment by Anthony — May 4, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  9. One would think that maybe seeing relatively comprehensive data that indicates something that conflicts with what one’s anecdotal, emotion-colored observations indicate, it would make one at least question such observations. But apparently not.

    Comment by DK — May 4, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  10. Fact: Statistics do not have causal effects on the future.

    Comment by Michael — May 4, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  11. Congrats you passed 9th grade math! A+

    Comment by Davidceisen — May 4, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

  12. UZR isn’t even close to reliable after 1 month, so it doesn’t matter if he has a positive rating. I would trust your eyes more.

    Comment by Nick — May 4, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  13. I’ve watched most of Raul’s innings this year, he is definitely sketchy out there but gets decent jumps on balls and has made pretty much every play but one when he dove and it went by him for a triple. At the least I’ve been surprised that he hasn’t been a lot worse. He is a solid ballplayer.

    Comment by Dan — May 4, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  14. Why do you stylize your name DavidCEisen on some posts but Davidceisen on others? That really pisses me off.

    Comment by Craig — May 4, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

  15. I really wonder about park effects on UZR. It seems like it shoulld be significant. Can anyone help me out with this?

    Comment by PhD Brian — May 5, 2009 @ 12:33 am

  16. From watching Ibanez at Safeco the past few years, my impression was that he had decent speed when he got going but his reads of the ball off the bat were poor. In particular, he was ok at judging its lateral movement (left and right) but terrible at estimating its arc, which meant he was slow going back or coming in on the ball — and also meant his routes were “Family Circle” style excursions where he’d move over smartly and then wander forward and back to get under it rather than running straight to where it was headed. His limitations going in or back on the ball meant that he almost never caught one at the wall — it would go over his head and bounce on the warning track — and he was notorious for doing feet-first sliding traps of balls that bounced just in front of him (meaning they fell for hits rather than getting caught for outs, and sometimes they got past him for extra bases). In a park with less depth in left field (Citizen’s Bank has a 369 ft left power alley, vs 390 ft in Safeco), his particular limitations may be masked quite a bit.

    Comment by joser — May 5, 2009 @ 11:02 am

  17. I mentioned that when he first signed. CBP is a much easier left field to man then Safeco. Ibanez runs fairly well, whereas Burrell ran like a nose tackle in football he couldn’t get to half the balls Ibanez gets to.

    Comment by B — May 5, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

  18. Yea, but at least he can run through a wall with that style, which would make the casual fan THINK he was a great defender. :)

    Comment by Joe — May 6, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

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    Comment by Nelia Gaxiola — February 22, 2010 @ 11:11 am

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