Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dodgers Mailbag Highlights: How To Say Something Without Saying Something

Ken Gurnick delicately slaloms his way through this week's Dodgers mailbag. But the last two questions of the mailbag demonstrate that Gurnick is clearly rapping the flags with his pole as he passes:

Some fans have been condemning Ned Colletti for signing Juan Pierre last year, placing a lot of blame on his throwing. Is there a stat to track how many runners actually did advance because of this throwing inability? --Pete L., Temecula, Calif.

Dan Fox of Baseball Prospectus recently wrote a column about a fielding computation system that ranked outfielders based on all-around defensive play, not just throwing arm, but also factoring in range, extra bases taken by runners, stadium variations and the like. Fox had Pierre ranked 21st and last among qualifying Major League center fielders. Andruw Jones was 10th, Aaron Rowand was 15th and Coco Crisp first. Andre Ethier was 11th among right fielders.

So what Gurnick is saying is, "yes, there is a statistic to measure defensive abilities, and yes, Pierre is dead last in the MLB at his position. Suck that, Neddie!"

Has Rich Donnelly landed anywhere? --Charles V., Las Vegas

Donnelly, the Dodgers' third-base coach the last two years, has been hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates to serve as a Minor League supervisor.

"Even the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn't dare put Donnelly in the third base coach's box."


Orel said...

What, Tito wasn't available?

Steve Sax said...

Tito is too busy making tacos and cheering for Juan Pierre to read this week's mailbag, and let something like statistics get in the way of opinion.