Why is it we put so much emphasis on offense, and so little emphasis on defense?
Maybe it's because there's no easy, quantifiable number we can hang our hats on to rate a player's defense. We know that if a player has an OPS of .800 he's solid offensively, but if we want to find out how good that player is defensively we have to look up what someone else has said, based on someone's opinion of how much range he has as compared to the average player. That's pretty voodoo stuff for most of us. I would go out on a limb and say that there's not one of us here who could take a team's box scores for a year and determine a player's range value, but darn near all of us could compute his OPS.
Didn't anyone other than me notice that during the first part of the year JBJ was keeping the team in games with his defense? And then he got the blame for the team's losses because he wasn't hitting. Why? Because his hitting shows up in the box scores but his defense doesn't. If he hits a double it goes down in the book as a 2B and he may get credit for RBI's - all of which show up in the box score, but if he robs another player of a double with a running, diving catch with the bases loaded it goes down in the book as <ho-hum> F8 with no mention of the fact that he may have saved three runs with that catch.
If there were an easy way to quantify defense with the average defensive player receiving 50 on a scale of 1-100 we may be saying that we don't care if JBJ is only hitting .200 because he's got a defensive value of 92, which is in the top 5% of all ML CF's. But we don't have that metric so instead we go with what's easy. Offense.
When do we figure out that having a great defensive player who plays like JBJ but only hits .200 may be more valuable than having an offensive player with an OPS of .900 who plays the OF like Johnny Gomes?
Any owners who sign previously suspended PED abusers to a big $$ contract are as guilty of perpetuating the PED problem as are the players.
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