TPR11 Excerpt: Johnny Damon as Carl Crawford by Joe Pawlikowski | The Process Report

TPR11 Excerpt: Johnny Damon as Carl Crawford by Joe Pawlikowski

This time, it’s Joe Pawlikowski from River Ave Blues and FanGraphs.

As we know, UZR is not the only credible defensive statistic. We also have Total Zone, which, when combined with location data, ranked Damon the third best left fielder in 2009. Defensive runs saved was also kinder, pegging Damon as just below average at -1 runs, which ranked 10th in the majors. Given Damon’s deftness in 2008 and the discrepancies between his scores in 2009 — combined, of course, with his minuscule 2010 sample — it’s tough to conclude that Damon is anything less than an average left fielder. Perhaps if we factor in age he’s slightly below average, but he’s not the butcher that his reputation suggests.



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