Why UZR Should Be Used To Determine Gold Glove Winners

Posted: 23rd September 2009 by Griffin Cooper in MLB
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It’s fairly unclear as to what voters take into consideration when choosing winners of the gold glove award—the one stat that has consistently been used to determine a players fielding ability, has been fielding percentage. Fielding percentage basically takes the player’s total number of chances converted into outs (assists/put outs), then takes the total number of errors, and uses a simple equation to figure out what percentage of the time the particular player makes the plays. Fielding percentage does a fine job of determining how well the player makes routine defensive plays, but it leaves much to be desired. Are making the routine plays (i.e. not booting the ball, dropping the ball, or letting the ball get through your legs) the only important aspect of being a good ...

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