I'm not a guy who can easily point out mathematical flaws, Lee, so as far as I'm concerned, your system is fine. I'm still interested in first base because I'm finding more and more evidence that Pujols is a top 5 all-time fielding first baseman. I'm also interested in how catchers will turn out because it doesn't seem to address how efficient catchers are at throwing out runners. Yet I understand that this is a metric of fielding efficiency so throwing out runners is a bit irrelevant.
Also, and I may have missed this because I'm still trying to wrap my head around a statistic based on reading, what do the numbers look like before you convert them to the fielding percentage form?
As for your questions, I would enjoy the book using the suggested format of longer entries based on noteworthy defenders. You can list players alphabetically or numerically (based on your metric) and have longer articles about the notable ones giving some photos, history, how they fit into your system, and even personal experiences.
If we converted your metric from fielding ability to ability in the visual arts, mine's about .003. But no harm in brainstorming, right?
-Noteworthy players get a separate "chapter" with an article-like title below a photograph. You then discuss different aspects about them like I mentioned. Other players are simply listed box-by-box including name, metric number, years played, whatever. In the box you can include a little blurb for those not defensively noteworthy but known in the game (McCovey, McGwire). The noteworthy "chapters" act as a break in between. Then you resume the other players.
-The first part of the book describes your metric with a few examples of ballplayers.
-Dedicate the right side of a page to the box format. The left side can have pictures or your notes/observations, like Buckner's crippling ankle issue. You don't have to do this for every page, though.
Last edited by Tyrus4189Cobb; 05-09-2012 at 08:18 PM.
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