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Re: Fielding Statistics
Posted by: Tom Seymour
Date: 22/02/2017 09:23
No measure of catching percentage success rates – catches v drops - or their economy rate – runs saved v runs cost. Fielding, he says, is the last bastion of the game that still prefers gut feeling to empirical data.

How can it be anything other than subjective to the casual watcher? What determines a dropped catch? Did the ball carry to the fielder? Did the fielder do well to get his finger tips to the ball? Would it have been a truly great catch had it been held or was it a half chance? Was the fielder impeded by someone else when going for the catch?

These are surely considerations to be taken into account before saying we dropped x catches today. Dolly catches OK, but unless you analyse everything with the hindsight of super slow mo recording, then I would have thought you are no further forward in assessing any shortcomings.

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