(Get the Heck) Out of Left Field

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!

3 comments… add one
  • Would the Sox benefit with Ortiz in the field every day? Would he be more likely to get hurt?
    I agree that the idea of Crisp in left improves the Sox’ defense, but this strikes me as one of those speculations that would work better in Strat-o-Matic baseball, in a pure statistical model, as opposed to the physical reality of baseball. Ortiz simply does not have a track record of performance (physically, that is: he hasn’t logged much time at first in his career) that makes me comfortable with the idea of him playing the field every day. Why not try converting Manny to first (shudder…)?

    SF November 19, 2006, 6:55 pm
  • Pinto’s analysis could be correct, but I would just note that he has a wildly pro-Yankee/anti-Sox bias on his blog. This is a guy who was pretending that Pavano would come back to be a factor for New York in both 2005 and 2006.

    Hudson November 19, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • Woohoo, the ad hominem defense!

    Lar November 20, 2006, 12:59 am

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