Is Derek Jeter a good shortstop? After winning 5 gold gloves (only 4 other shortstops have beat this record) you would wonder why this is even a question, however, when looking at the right information you find an interesting conclusion. Ben Lindbergh identifies that analysis of Derek’s performance by play-by-play systems shows that Derek has cost his team more in the field than any other player in history. Ben identifies that although Derek has a high percentage of outs per balls he gets to, Derek in actuality gets to very few balls compared to other good shortstops and some of the current baseball measurements are flawed. Ben identifies a couple of metrics that give an accurate picture of the performance of shortstops:
1. Distance a shortstop can cover and still make plays
2. Time it takes for the shortstop to get the ball out of his glove.
In this article Ben compares the best and worst performances of Derek and Brendan Ryan and shows how Ryan (drafted 215th in amateur league) a baseball player that has not received a gold glove is actually a better shortstop than Derek.
The majority of society is blind or lacks perception. They come to conclusions based on bias, relationships, and popular opinion. This is due to the complexity of life and the overwhelming amount of data available. An expert comes to conclusions based on metrics and information. They are able simplify complexity through using minimal information to show reality. Amazingly, experts often times have different opinions on who is a performer than the majority of society.
Reference Article: The tragedy of Derek Jeter’s Defense – Ben Lindbergh – Grand Lands – August 27, 2013 http://www.grantland.com/
Brendan Ryan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/