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    I understand the zone approach to sabermetric fielding stats. every player gets a zone he has to cover and then you look how many balls into his zone are converted to outs.

    But there is one problem I see. range is also dependent on ball velocity. if the ball is softer the range is bigger since you have more time to run to the side. a player might easily get to a soft grounder that is 15 feet to his side while he might only be able to cover 9 feet on a really hard grounder.

    do those modern zone ratings account for that?
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    dominik: From what I have read, some of the current metrics are purportedly based upon "spotters" at ball games, mostly volunteers [I believe] who score and define the nature of batted balls. I have heard that Dewan has employed some camera work in the "spotting" exercise as well.

    I have also heard that some sophisticated metrics have encountered problems with inconsistencies in how some "spotters" report batted balls: vagueries between liners, humpback liners, long flies, blasts - whatever.

    My personal problem with these efforts is that they are available for varying numbers of seasons, many ten-fifteen years or less. Others going back to 1950 or so have gaps and conflicting data inputs.

    I try to capture the historic relevancies with the most basic input data, the actual "work" going into quantifying those basic elements.


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