“I hear about this UZR, Ultimate Zone Rating,” Teixeira said, “and I saw Robinson Cano has a negative Ultimate Zone Rating. That is absolutely crazy. Robinson Cano is by far … the best second baseman I’ve ever seen and he’s a negative defender by that Ultimate Zone Rating. So I don’t put any stock into those things.”
Just for the record, Teixeira was a minus-2.7, Cano was a minus-0.6 and Jeter was a minus-4.7 in UZR, according to Fangraphs.com. Teixeira, however, wasn’t much convinced.
The above is a quote from LoHUD today. I have listened to the drivel about Jeter not being good defensively and taken some abuse on the site for saying that I believe my eyes more than the stats.
Now I extend my statement. Any statistical measure which says that Tex, Cano and Jeter are all below par defenders is simply useless and needs to be both ignored and banned from discussion amoung serious baseball fans.
Tex is possibly the best firstbaseman I have ever seen, And I remember Moose.
Cano is a hall of fame quality second baseman. No Yankee in the last 50 years was as good.
Players and managers voted Jete his Gold Glove. I accept their decision and am happy for my favorite shortstop.
Anyone want to seriously defend the usefulness of UZR?