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March 14, 2010

Gordon Beckham update (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 10:51 pm
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Gonzales:

Gordon Beckham made a diving stop to his left and threw out a runner Sunday against the Reds. It was his first non-routine play at second base after moving from third last summer.

“He’ll be fine,” said coach Joey Cora, who hits him ground balls every day. “What he did last year in coming to the big leagues and moving to third and succeeding tells me he’ll be fine. Last year wasn’t fair, this year is.”

Here’s video of Beckham’s catch.

Cowley:

Gordon Beckham continued to secure his spot as the No. 2 hitter with his best game of the spring, going 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

Kenny Williams loves him “some of these new-age stats”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 7:23 pm
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Miller @ whitesox.com:

White Sox general manager Ken Williams … and his director of baseball operations, Dan Fabian, are interested in some of these new-age stats, too, and UZR, or Ultimate Zone Rating, ranked Chicago as the fourth-worst team defense in the Major Leagues in 2009.

Developed by statistician Mitchel Lichtman, UZR, as described on FanGraphs.com, where the statistics are available for free, quantifies “the number of runs above or below average a fielder is, determined by how the fielder is able to get to balls hit in his vicinity.”

UZR gets to this number by combining “range runs,” which are “the number of runs above or below average a fielder is, determined by how the fielder is able to get to balls hit in his vicinity,” and “error runs,” defined as “the number of runs above or below average a fielder is, determined by the number of errors he makes as compared to an average fielder at that position given the same distribution of balls in play.” Added to standard UZRs are the UZR/150 numbers, or “the number of runs above or below average a fielder is, per 150 defensive games.” …

“Don’t use UZR/150 … if at all possible. It’s way too misleading.”

Ozzie Guillen loves him some C.J. Retherford. Nix and Lillibridge not so much.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 7:20 pm
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Cowley:

The battle between Jayson Nix and Brent Lillibridge for that final reserve spot is still a dead heat.

Unfortunately, both players fall under the category of “disappointing,” so manager Ozzie Guillen is hoping that it could only get better.

… Guillen was critical of both players last season, especially with the fact that he felt they focused to much on being power hitters rather than hitting the ball on the ground and using their legs.

With Nix and Lillibridge scuffling that has also opened the door for rookies Jordan Danks and C.J. Retherford. Guillen has been gushing over the younger Danks brother since the start of camp, but Retherford has played his way into Guillen’s sights. …

Spring Training Game #14

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 12:53 pm
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Sox @ Reds @ 3:05 pm CT (Boxscore, Gameday, Video highlights)

Suntimes discovers UZR

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 14, 2010 12:29 am
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Suntimes:

The new sexy stat is run prevention, and the Mariners are the model. Simple philosophy: an opponent can’t win if an opponent can’t score. The Mariners were last in the American League in runs scored in 2009 but still won 85 games thanks largely to their solid pitching staff and a defense that helped hold opponents to an AL-low 625 earned runs. That same defense also was off the charts in ultimate zone rating, or UZR — a plus-minus stat that measures defensive ability by the number of runs above or below average a fielder is in range runs, outfield-arm runs, double-play runs and error runs combined. …

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