Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik did a Q & A with David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus. It’s very candid, well as much as Jack will allow it to be. But it touches on a lot of things and pretty interesting.
Here’s a bit of it …
DL: Talking about the advancement of defensive metrics, Bill James recently said, “The only difference between our ability to evaluate defense and offense, at this point, is confidence.” Do you agree with that?
JZ: Well, Bill James is a hell of a lot smarter than I am and he’s got an enormous amount more experience than I do, but I’d have to read the entire context of how he said that in order to be able to interpret it exactly. I know we have confidence in our own information. We have confidence in what we’re doing and it goes hand in hand with how we’ll try to solidify something through defensive metrics or whatever type of form we’re looking at. We also try to have a scout in the ballpark to see what he thinks. It’s checks and balances because I like to have a lot of information before we make a call. Using Ryan Langerhans as an example, we made calls to scouts. Can he play center field? Can he play left field? Can he play right field? But as far as (defensive metrics) go, yeah, it is a new frontier and I think that’s what (James) was probably referring to. People haven’t all jumped out there and said, “This is what we’re going to do because we believe in these numbers,” but we’ve taken steps. Any decision we’ve made in terms of addressing our club, in regards to defense, was made with a lot of information and we’re continuing to go that route.
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