Defense wins championships, at least here in Kansas City, so Mark Simon, the author of the Fielding Bible, Volume 5, stops by to talk about the newest defensive metrics and how Royals players stack up. Later on, Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Matthew LaMar give their early impressions of spring training. Among the topics we discuss:
How can defensive metrics evaluate players factoring in positioning, range, and arm?
How does the Royals defense measure up?
Who has stood out in spring training for the Royals?
Will the Royals swing a spring training trade?
How will the coronavirus impact the start of the baseball season?
Links to some of the things we discussed:
Ken Rosenthal’s article on the Oakland roster crunch.