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  1. Love Ryan’s work on defense!

    It’s a pleasure to watch him play for Seattle.

    Comment by Slats — May 22, 2012 @ 8:18 am

  2. Also nice to see a guy who’s not above shoutouts to the people who helped him get here. May he succeed.

    Comment by Bad Bill — May 22, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  3. Brendan Ryan was my favorite Cardinal in 2009 and 2010. I was heartbroken when they moved him in the off-season and acquired Ryan Theriot. I loved TLR as a manager, but the way he handled young talent was often flawed. I obviously appreciated the production and professionalism of a player like Pujols, but Brendan had such a great personality. I loved his FS Midwest dispatches with Joe Mather. And don’t get me started on the mustache and high socks. Really great interview with a chronically underrated player. Thanks Fangraphs!

    Comment by Cardinal Rules — May 22, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  4. It’s nice to see the appreciation for Kissell and Oquendo, but Oquendo is the secret weapon; that kinda means you don’t talk about him.

    On a serious note, Ryan had nice wording for his explanations. Some other players might just say gut or feeling rather than articulate anticipation based on experience.

    Comment by Anon — May 22, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  5. Love the respect he gives to his elders. Awesome interview.

    Comment by Chomp — May 22, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  6. This is awesome, reminds me a lot of The Art of Fielding.

    Comment by oldschoolways — May 22, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  7. Great interview….

    Comment by Metsox — May 22, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  8. I realize this article is about his defense, but it would have been nice to see a few questions about his walks, he’s walking at a 13.9% rate, which is way up from any numbers he’s put up before in his career, previous best was 7.5%. He’s got as many walks as hits this season with 19 of both. His BABIP is .214 so if his batting average was up to what you’d expect it to be (~.240) he be sporting close to a .350 OBP. Which would be fantastic coupled with his defense.

    Comment by Kazinski — May 22, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  9. Yeah, it also would have been nice to see a question about his mustache! Stupid article!

    Comment by Harry — May 22, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  10. Well there’s the problem with him not winning a gold glove, he doesn’t do enough jump throws. Everyone knows is better to have bad range and barely get to routine grounders and jump throw than it is to get there ahead of time and make it look routine. This is the Jeter recipe to Gold Glove success.

    Comment by Johnhavok — May 22, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  11. I saw that spike in walk rate also. His BABIP is only like .220 but I saw a large increase in his infield pop up rate. Even so, his results should be better than what they are since his peripherals seem to have improved.

    Comment by guest — May 22, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  12. I was sad not to hear any thoughts about his DeNiero impression.

    Comment by shawnuel — May 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

  13. Awesome stuff, as always. Great questions and answers. Ryan has been a total pleasure to watch in the field in his time with the Mariners.

    Comment by Kyle — May 22, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  14. Stats tell us objectively he gets to more balls; he tells us how. That’s how it should work. Great Q&A!

    Comment by RMR — May 22, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  15. I just noticed that about his walk rate. I hope it’s not just a blip. Could his hitting/BIP struggles be forcing him to be more patient in order to get on base? Or could it be random? It will be cool to watch over the course of the season. I’m a Cardinals fan and like many I loved Ryan when he was on our team.

    Comment by mattybobo — May 22, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

  16. Super-Turbo Two Seam Sinker sounds like it should be a Nickname Seeks Player.

    Comment by Bryz — May 22, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  17. I mean, look at all that alliteration!

    Comment by Bryz — May 22, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  18. Super interview, as always, David.

    Comment by chuckb — May 22, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  19. Agree with all those comments above–great interview. Brendan Ryan is the slickest shortstop the M’s have had since Omar and a heck of a character. I love watching him play.

    Comment by Eric Walkingshaw — May 22, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

  20. Reuben tejada of the nets is currently with out a doubt the best defensively shortstop in mlb

    Comment by mescoosey — July 14, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

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