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  1. I still think that Arthur Rhodes and Darren Oliver were seperated at birth, and just given different last names to confuse the masses. I mean both have a six letter first and last name.

    Comment by Shawn — January 3, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  2. The difference in positional adjustment between shortstop and third base is five runs per 162 defensive games — meaning that, were Ramirez a true-talent 5.0 WAR player at short, he’d be a 4.5 WAR player at third.

    I know you added the UZR afterward, but this is extremely misleading. The 5-run difference in positional adjustment for 3B/SS is based on the fact that, on average, when a player moves between those two positions, his defense improves/suffers by 5 runs/year.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — January 3, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  3. I haven’t looked for, but wouldn’t be averse to reading, a study on how players perform in their first year after a position switch. It’s certainly true that most third baseman would find playing shortstop more difficult, but a slightly different set of skills are emphasized in playing third, too.

    ARod, for example, had a total UZR of ca. +24 for the two years before moving to the Yankees. The next three seasons (at third base) were a combined -6. His numbers are better at SS per Total Zone, as well.

    Obviously, there are other variables present in both ARod’s and Ramirez’ situations. All I’m suggesting is that it wouldn’t be surprising if Ramirez’s defensive numbers didn’t immediately rise.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — January 3, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  4. I don’t think you finished the sentence that starts “Regarding Panik..” in the prospecting section. I must know what comes next!

    Comment by Scott — January 3, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  5. Boom: done.

    It was a note on Panik’s defense. He had arm surgery at some point, if I’m remembering. He’s exciting if he can stick there.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — January 3, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  6. Thanks!

    Comment by Scott — January 3, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  7. Luis Jimenez is an Angel not a Mariner.

    Sean Burroughs? THE Sean Burroughs, aka The Next Wade Boggs circa 1999?

    Comment by jonnybardo — January 3, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  8. “Jugaré donde me pongan” = “I will play where they put me.”

    Comment by JCox — January 3, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  9. “Oliver, 57”
    Was that an error or a facetious comment?

    Comment by Baltar — January 3, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  10. Yusmeiro Petit and Edgardo Alfonzo? These leaderboards make me irrationally happy.

    Comment by Jeffrey Paternostro — January 3, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

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