Fangraphs: Adrian Beltre Is Amazing!!!

I think Dave Cameron likes the Sox signing:

Beltre isn’t just a good defender. He is in the conversation of the
best defensive third baseman of all time. Since 2002, the first year we
have UZR data available here on the site, Beltre has put up a total of
+104.5. That’s an average of +14 per 150 games over an eight year span.
Forget complaints about small sample size or year to year variations –
+14 UZR/150 over eight years is impossible to fluke.

It isn’t just the numbers, either. When you watch Beltre play third
base, you are amazed at the things he can do. He has perfected the
charge on a bunt – no one in baseball comes in on the ball as well as
he does. His lateral range is hilarious at times, as he regularly
fields balls that are hit directly at the shortstop, just because he
can. He has a great arm, often throwing lasers across the field without
transferring his weight, showing pure arm strength.

But don’t take my word for it – take the word of the fans who filled out Tom Tango’s scouting report project.
Beltre grades out as the best third baseman in the game, rating a 4.56
out of a possible 5, and only five players in the game were graded out
higher than Beltre.
 

16 comments… add one

  • Dave Cameron, as a Mariner’s fan, has a somewhat irrational love for Beltre.
    No doubt Beltre is one of the great defensive third basemen. Sox fans should have fun watching him play.

    AndrewYF January 5, 2010, 12:20 pm
  • I’ve decided signing Beltre was a bad thing because this now makes THREE players the Sox have signed for attributes the general sports media do not know how to adequately measure.
    That means I’m going to have to generate massive amounts of energy to defending Beltre and Mike Cameron, in addition to J.D. Drew. I just don’t have that kind of time…

    Paul SF January 5, 2010, 12:25 pm
  • Cameron actually links to a different Fangraphs article that I think is more interesting (we all know Beltre is a good defender; it’s the bat that’s in doubt):
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/adrian-beltres-bat-away-from-safeco/

    Paul SF January 5, 2010, 12:40 pm
  • Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre will not be beloved by SFs.

    Jeff January 5, 2010, 12:41 pm
  • His lateral range is hilarious at times, as he regularly fields balls that are hit directly at the shortstop, just because he can.
    This sounds awesome to me.
    Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre will not be beloved by SFs.
    Why the hell not?

    Atheose - SF January 5, 2010, 1:02 pm
  • “Boston fans, get ready to be spoiled. You’ll never see another third baseman play the hot corner as well as you’ll see it played in 2010.”
    This guy is normally great, but that’s a little overboard.

    John - YF January 5, 2010, 1:28 pm
  • Mike Cameron and Adrian Beltre will not be beloved by SFs
    Neither is J.D. Drew. That’s kinda my point.

    Paul SF January 5, 2010, 1:53 pm
  • wait a second! Did Beltre suffer a fractured testicle last year?! I’m rethinking my initial view of this signing. I don’t think he’ll be able to play again effectively. This is a bad signing.

    Nick-YF January 5, 2010, 1:56 pm
  • wait a second! Did Beltre suffer a fractured testicle last year?! I’m rethinking my initial view of this signing. I don’t think he’ll be able to play again effectively. This is a bad signing.
    Either way we’ll have a 3B with a testicular deficit!

    Atheose - SF January 5, 2010, 2:10 pm
  • the fans who filled out Tom Tango’s scouting report project.
    Not quite “you had me at hello”…

    SF January 5, 2010, 2:56 pm
  • Ok, watch this video. A-maz-ing. The second-to-last clip is my fave.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8IKDeH9SEg

    Paul SF January 5, 2010, 4:50 pm
  • Anyone understand this whole runs saved or created meme? Sounds alot like jobs saved or created. I think we all know how thats working out.

    Akes January 5, 2010, 8:33 pm
  • Watched most of the video, his arm is crazy.

    SF January 5, 2010, 8:57 pm
  • I think we all know how thats working out.
    Would be working a whole lot better if the stimulus hadn’t been watered down. Yes, I went there…
    To the baseball-related question: It’s pretty simple really. Teams win games by outscoring the opposition. This is one by 1. scoring runs, and 2. keeping the opponent from scoring runs. It doesn’t matter which you do. As long as you score one run per game (I think the offense is good enough to do that — even on the road), then preventing a run from scoring is just as good as scoring one yourself.
    In fact, running a chart of the Pythag record based on RS vs. RA indicates that reducing runs allowed is actually slightly more beneficial than increasing runs scored (increase both the RS and RA by five and you get a worse winning pct. than if you decrease both by five).
    In other words, just because offensive-minded metrics are more reliable than defensive-minded metrics doesn’t mean offense is more valuable than defense. It just means we’re measuring the value more accurately.

    Paul SF January 5, 2010, 9:41 pm
  • Really I am glad you were able to explain to me how a game is won. Up until now I had not understood. But now that you went ahead and put all of your stats in your fancy computer system it has relly cleared things up. Because we all know that the results that your computer spits out will tell you the whole story. In a fictitious world this may be usefull. You are measuring it more accuratley? How exactly are you measuring anything accurately when you do not have the measurments to measure it with? And please do not give me this BS about runs scored and runs allowed from last year and compare to the supposed runs saved or created in the 2010 season because it is imposible to prove. I could be wrong but if you increase RS by 5 and RA by 5 that is net of ZERO. Your computer might need to be recalibrated. Look at your watered down stimulus plug in a few false zip codes and a few million dollars and your measurements are flawed. But hey whats a few million dollars wasted among tax payers. yeh I went there.
    Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.

    Akes January 5, 2010, 10:53 pm
  • In other words, just because offensive-minded metrics are more reliable than defensive-minded metrics doesn’t mean offense is more valuable than defense. It just means we’re measuring the value more accurately.
    I really should not ask but this is to good to let go. If offensive metrics are more reliable than defensive metrics how on earth are you measuring the value more accuratley? I might just be a dumb hick from Maine but common sense tells me something does not add up. Just sayin.

    Akes January 5, 2010, 11:06 pm

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