Around the SaberSphere 10/3: The defensive player of the year, exciting postseason games, and BP's Awards

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Today's daily dose of sabermetric links includes the MLB defensive player of the year, WPS index, BP's Awards and more...

Mark Simon and ESPN's SweetSpot team name the MLB defensive player of the year: MLB defensive player of the year - ESPN

Trout is one of four players since 2004 to have four home run robberies in a season, joining Nook Logan (2005 Tigers), Gary Matthews Jr. (2006 Rangers) and Adam Jones (2009 Orioles). But those four catches don’t necessarily tell the whole story. They account for a chunk of Trout’s 23 Defensive Runs Saved in a little under 900 innings playing center field this season

Shane Tourtellotte of the Hardball Times uses his WPS Index to name the greatest LDS games of all time: WPS and the postseason, part one

The WPS Index basically counted up the Win Percentage Added (WPA) of each distinct play in a baseball game into a Win Percentage Sum (WPS), measuring how far the probabilities of victory swung. I made adjustments, adding the values of the three most exciting plays in the game and the final play, and tested the index on a famous list of exciting games here. The method is quick and a little dirty, but it holds up pretty well, and gives regular fans a tool to study games themselves. That doesn't mean I can't keep using it, though, when I've got a good excuse. October is just such an excuse, with the playoffs right upon us. For anybody with a game-excitement system, it's a natural time to look, not only at the games to come, but to postseason games of the past.

Baseball Prospectus team of writers names their regular season award winners: Baseball Prospectus | Regular-Season Awards

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff choices for the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results.

Also at BP, Bill Parker writes about worthless statistics: Baseball Prospectus | The Platoon Advantage: What We Mean By Worthless

So it’s not that RBI and wins are literally “useless,” in the sense of having no actual utility. It’s just that, in a world with so many tools that have the same use but are much better at providing it, the old stats are of no practical use to us. Citing those stats in the context of a value discussion has no meaning, as long as we have more advanced and nuanced information available.

Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation discusses a hitter-friendly Safeco Field: Mariners making Safeco Field more hitter-friendly in 2013 - Baseball Nation

This is huge, as Safeco becomes much less huge. From 2009 through '11 (at least), Safeco was one of the toughest parks in the American League for hitters, generally. And specifically, it was death on right-handed power hitters.

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