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An Interview With UZR by...Yeah, You Know Who...


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I can't believe I forgot to post this until now.

http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2011/03/interview-with-uzr.html

Jim Fregosi absolutely may be right here too. There are real issues with Ultimate Zone Rating. But I will say one thing ... we only ever hear from people like Fregosi on this topic. That is to say we are constantly hearing from baseball people who know how to measure defense better than some statistic like UZR. We are constantly hearing from people who, through well-honed powers of observation and years of visual training, can determine a player's range and skill and defensive production better than UZR. They don't need any statistic to tell you who can or cannot play defense. As the headline says, you can take your UZR and ...

And you know who we never hear from on this topic? That's right: UZR herself.

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Q: OK, before you go, tell us ... which of the advanced statistic is the best.

UZR: Oh, I could never choose, they're all my friends. But I can tell you that VORP is hilarious -- I told you stats are not very funny, but VORP is the exception. He told this one the other day ... let's see if I can remember it: How many RBIs does it take to change a light-bulb? Who cares -- RBIs are context-based stats that overstate the importance of certain middle-of-the-lineup hitters! Oh, he had us rolling in the aisles with that one. Also WAR does a great Dave Krieger impression.

That's pretty good stuff.

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