The First UZR Numbers of the Year Are Here!
Like Black Friday signaling the beginning of Christmas shopping season, the first UZR numbers means that baseball has almost reached a point where numbers actually matter. Unfortunately, UZR needs almost a full season of data, if not more, before we can start to draw any real conclusions. It’s fun to look at anyways.
Some fun stats courtesy of Fangraphs:
- Ichiro Suzuki, one of the greatest leathermen on the planet, is on pace for a -66.9 UZR/150.
- Jack Hannahan, whose Supermanahan nickname was removed by Jordan Bastian yesterday, leads the league with a 63.6 UZR/150. Maybe the name should be returned.
- Somehow, someway, Carlos Lee is second with a 53.2 UZR/150. I will literally eat broken glass if he finishes with a positive number this season. (Someone hold me to it.)
- Among shortstops, Paul Janish leads the way with Hanley Ramirez and Yunel Escobar at the back of the pack. Somehow, Derek Jeter and Yuniesky Betancourt, two of the most vilified shortstops in baseball, are right in the middle of the pack, ahead of Cliff Pennington, Brendan Ryan, and Alexei Ramirez.
It’s a long season.