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By Neil Weinberg

http://www.gammonsdaily.com/about-adam-jones-defense/

For example, in the AL, eight of the nine awards in 2013 went to players who were either the best defender at their position or close to it according to most of the different ways of evaluating defense. That?s excellent progress and something worth celebrating. But there is a holdover that?s difficult to explain. Adam Jones, who rates as a below average defender by most of the major metrics, won his third career Gold Glove.

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Can I get some cliff notes on how to interpret these charts? Why are there data points down the left and right field lines marked as missed plays with a zero percent chance of being made?

Do the green dots only indicate put-outs? Or do the also represent plays where extra bases have been taken away by cutting off gappers?

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The charts are nice, but my one quibble is always going to be this: who determines a ball is playable? Like what is the difference between a ball that is likely to be fielded only 5% of the time versus 15% of the time? How big of a gap is there really between 95% and 80%? What do those plays look like?

It seems so subjective.

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The charts are nice, but my one quibble is always going to be this: who determines a ball is playable? Like what is the difference between a ball that is likely to be fielded only 5% of the time versus 15% of the time? How big of a gap is there really between 95% and 80%? What do those plays look like?

It seems so subjective.

Depends on the size of the bubble he's blowing. :)

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