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Using Inside Edge data to evaluate Miguel Cabrera

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Miguel Cabrera isn't a great defensive third baseman, but he isn't terrible either. What can we learn about his defense from the Inside Edge data?

2010 Fans Scouting Report

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Tango requests your input for the 2010 Fans Scouting Report. Especially fans of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks Cleveland Indians Florida Marlins Houston Astros Washington Nationals

Top 5 OF Arms

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The top 5 OF arms thus far in the 2010 season.

Most Balls Scooped at First Base (2009)

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  1. Albert Pujols, STL (55)
  2. Paul Konerko, CHW (51)
  3. James Loney, LAD (47)
  4. Kendry Morales, LAA (47)
  5. Todd Helton, COL (47)

Graph of the Day: UZR's Error Component and Unearned Runs

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Continuing with the defensive metric theme of this weeks graphs, today we analyze the correlation between the Error component of UZR and unearned runs.

Graph of the Day: Range Factor

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Expanding on yesterday's graph of the day, today we examine whether or not Range Factor correlates to defensive production any more than fielding percentage.

Graph of the Day: The Nate McLouth Factor

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Fielding percentage is not a good statistic to use when valuing defensive contributions, as the sabermetric community well knows. Still, many people don't understand - not only is fielding...

Graph of the Day: UZR Comparisons for 2008 NL Playoff Teams

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Look at the defensive numbers for the 2008 National League Playoff Teams

How good is the Yankee defense? - Pinstripe Alley

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Ed Valentine (sweet name, whether it's real or not) takes a look at the improved Yankee fielding this year through the lens of advanced fielding metrics. It's a good read, and something I'm glad is appearing more often around the web. I really enjoyed the conclusion the article, too, which was refreshingly non-hyperbolized: "Despite their errorless streak, the Yankees are not a 'great' defensive team. What they are is a 'solid' defensive team, which is a huge improvement over the awful defensive team they were in 2008. Last season the Yankees cost themselves runs -- and ultimately games -- by not being able to make routine plays. This year, they are making the plays they should make and occasionally making a brilliant play. They may not be the best defensive team in the league. They are, however, helping themselves instead of hurting themselves. That's good enough."

Defensive Replacement Level Defined

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Chris Dial uses his Defensive Runs Saved statistic (based on Zone Rating) to determine what a replacement level defender is. In general, it's about the same level as offensive replacement is (85% of average). Most of those he found as replacement level defenders are above average hitters (unsurprisingly), so they're still above replacement level in general.

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