• Jeter & Bernie Among All-Time Worst Fielders?

    Posted by on July 16th, 2010 · Comments (3)

    Related to a feature that M.J. highlighted this morning, Andy at B-R.com’s Stat of the Day Blog takes it a step further and offers this nugget. Interesting stuff…

    So, what do you think?  Are these two modern day Yankees heroes among the worst ever, defensively, in the history of the game?  Or, were they just below average and played a lot because of their bats?

    Comments on Jeter & Bernie Among All-Time Worst Fielders?

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 16th, 2010 | 11:53 am

      I’ve come to believe that we don’t have a good enough way of measuring defensive metrics so any defensive metric that purports to give the definitive answer on a player’s capabilities in the field needs to be taken with a large grain of salt.

      Having said that, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that, indeed, Bernie and Jeter were atrocious defensive players for at least half of their careers. The second half of Bernie’s career in CF was marred with peculiar routes to balls and flailing, almost pathetic and sad attempts at catching balls that would always seem to be just beyond the reach of his outstretched arm.

      As for Jeter, we all know the quote. It’s like fingers on a chalkboard…”past a diving Jeter…”

    2. MJ Recanati
      July 16th, 2010 | 11:56 am

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      Having said that, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that, indeed, Bernie and Jeter were atrocious defensive players for at least half of their careers.

      Just to follow up, I have no idea if they were the worst or not. I find it hard to believe that Manny Ramirez or Carlos Lee or some other unathletic player wasn’t worse but I will certainly accept that they were among the worst.

    3. Raf
      July 16th, 2010 | 12:18 pm

      Or, were they just below average and played a lot because of their bats?

      That’s a reasonable explanation. Understand that CF & SS are two positions where the emphasis is usually on defense, so if a player comes along that has an exceptional bat at what is traditionally a defensive position, unless they’re a complete butcher with the glove they’ll stay in the lineup.

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