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Dave Studeman was called a "national treasure" by Rob Neyer. Seriously. Follow his sporadic tweets @dastudes.
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Nick Steiner
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Nick Steiner
Here is what I wrote in the comments of the FanGraphs article: There is a convincing argument that defensive metrics are more accurate than offensive ones. For example, the “bins” that offense is measure by, namely singles, doubles, triples and homers, are subject to a HUGE amount of luck. I you have a guy who gets robbed at the wall, and a guy who gets an infield hit, the latter will be rated better by linear weights, even though the former is a much better hitter based off of that sample. Often, that doesn’t even out over the course of… Read more »
Nick Steiner
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Nick Steiner

Dave, I was responding to this quote from Tyler Kepner:

“But how can that statistic be valid when it says Teixeria has had a negative defensive impact?”

Dave Studeman
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Dave Studeman

Nick, I don’t think the two are comparable.  If you’re trying to measure what actually happened (which is what MVP arguments ought to be), offensive stats are what they are.  There’s no need for bins or anything like that. Who cares if there is luck involved?

For MVP voting, we’re interested in actual performance and results, not estimates of “true talent”

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