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Sabermetric Minute: Yan Gomes

Managing Editor Bryan Grosnick makes the case for Yan Gomes as the deserving starter at catcher for the AL in this year's All-Star Game. In video format, no less.

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Here at Beyond the Box Score, we're all about pushing the envelope on baseball analysis. Unfortunately, sometimes that means pushing the envelope on how we present that analysis. To that end, we present our first Sabermetric Minute -- a brief video where we give our #hottakes on some sabermetric topic.

Today, it's Yan Gomes. If you ask me, his overall skillset makes him the logical choice to start the All-Star Game for the AL. There are pictures and charts and a talking head trying to explain it all below, in a brief 60 seconds!

Perhaps I was able to convince you with my dazzling rhetoric. But even if I wasn't -- keep in mind that catcher framing is (1) valuable and (2) not currently baked into the wins above replacement implementations. Though Derek Norris is carrying a big bat and Salvador Perez has the more venerated defensive chops, overall value matters -- and Gomes has that over Norris and Perez, by a slight margin.

Enjoy your minute.

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All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus.

Bryan Grosnick is the Managing Editor of Beyond the Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @bgrosnick.