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RR Community Project: Calculating Defense

I embarked upon an intriguing idea but several minutes ago.  Because many defensive statistics are highly debated among the sabermetric and scouting communities alike, and many statistics have been proven to be some degree of inaccurate or faulty, I would like to begin a season-long community project where we estimate - "scientifically" - exactly how many runs Royals defenders cost or help the team for this year.  I would like to see how these statistics compare to the various metrics out there (UZR, +/- system, and more).  This system would be a rough estimate, basically.

It might require some effort and debating on our parts - but it's an interesting idea, nonetheless.  Does someone who has watched every game, or at least paid close attention to them in some form, want to volunteer to begin our contest, calculating +/- totals for the first six games?  In other words, for example, Bloomquist's gaffe yesterday cost the Royals....how many runs, total?  Who has helped save a run - in estimation - on defense?

Food for thought.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch every inning of every Royals game this year, so let's make this a 'community' effort.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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