Interesting post from Dave Pinto today on Baseball Musings regarding the defensive abilities of left fielders, and the ramifications thereof. According to Pinto’s "probabalistic model of range," the worst left fielder in the business is….Manny Ramirez! Pinto speculates that the Sox would be better off DHing Manny with Ortiz at first, putting Crisp in left, and signing Drew for center. Yankee fans will be pleased to find that Melky Cabrera ranks as #4 on Pinto’s list (Matsui did not play enough to make the list, but would presumably not be near the top). Anyway, a lot to think about. For what it’s worth, Alfonso Soriano, despite his league-high assist total, is below the Cubs’ 2006 leftfielder, Matt Murton. So, um, maybe they’ll be moving Sori to center (where he blocks top prospect Felix Pie)? Or back to second, where he’s a disaster? Way to go Cubs!
(Get the Heck) Out of Left Field
Godwin’s Goodwin’s Law
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