Monday, March 30, 2009

Another Reason Why Olney Should Stick to Reporting

This week, Sportscenter is doing a preview of each division. Today, they just did the AL West. His call for best fielder among those in the AL West? Torii Hunter.

Now I should add that according to The Fielding Bible II, Hunter has robbed the most home runs over the past three seasons see page 6 of the excerpt. That and the 8 Gold Gloves is likely why he made the decision. Despite his assurances, it's not the obvious choice that Mr. "every bad team will lose over 105 games" will have you to believe. According to TotalZone, UZR, and Plus/Minus (-7 over the past three years, below average in throwing), he's been below average in center the past few seasons. The Fan Scouting Report metrics are kinder to him. Even so, he's still nowhere near the obvious choice when considering '09 AL West mates like Ichiro Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, Mark Ellis, Franklin Gutierrez, and Endy Chavez.

Buster, keep on getting those scoops us at ATH could only dream of having. In the meantime, let others take up the analyst reins.

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