Bremerton Bloomquist Brawl!
David of Sports and Bremertonians let us know that they’re running (frequent USSM commenter) Jim Thomsen’s article on Willie Bloomquist which ran in the Bremerton Sun but is not online. This piece is in reply to a previous article that supported starting Bloomquist at shortstop this year for reasons that seemed more grounded in love for Willie the guy than evidence that he’d do well for the team playing regularly.
While I agree with the general point of Thomsen’s article, I’ll say that I don’t think it’s true that he’s not good enough to play at the ML level, and I’d instead say he’s not good enough to be a ML regular.
And I think saying that ZR and RF are the best defensive stats the analysts have come up with isn’t true, either. Range factor’s a pretty bad stat unless you’re comparing teammates at the same position, and given the other stuff out there, like Davenport’s work or UZR.. even fielding runs and defensive Win Shares are better.
That said, you can see that that’s not the argument he wants to get into, and it’s not the place to build a case for sophisticated evaluation of the relative merits of methods that measure defense.
Anyway, I thought it was cool that this kind of thing can get into the Bremerton Sun, and props to Mr. Thomsen.