Tuesday, May 10, 2005

PTP for You and Me

My monthly raving about the Yanks (and Pirates, and Marlins) over at Baseball Prospectus est arrive. From that article, my surprising fact of the month:
While Womack gets a lot of flack for his failings, the defensive translations credit him for doing a fine job at second base: His 114 Rate2 is excellent and his 22 double plays turned and 88 assists still rank 2nd and 3rd respectively in the league--even though Womack has spent the past week playing left field.

You can read the rest of the article here. Although the defensive translations aren't perfect, the raw numbers 88 assists and 22 DP, were a revelation. It's only April, and I don't think that Woe-mack's defense at second will ever win aesthetic acclaim, but there's some evidence he has value as a fielder.

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