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Detroit Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose (12) is unable to reach a double hit by Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Anthony Gose says defensive metrics are a “big scam”


A reminder: ballplayers do not have to either understand, acknowledge or even give a rip about sabermetrics or analytics. Their job is to play baseball. Ballplayers with a certain sensibility can likely improve by knowing some things about metrics, but I suspect most either would not be helped or could actually be hurt by overthinking such things. With the caveat that they should listen to their coaches and advance scouts who themselves may be analytically-informed, most ballplayers should just go do what they’ve always done and leave the analytics to the analysts.

All of that being said, ballplayers do see that stuff and sometimes they have opinions about it. Anthony Gose of the Detroit Tigers is one of them. he said this today about defensive metrics which do not say great things about his work in center field:

Fair enough. It’s especially understandable that Gose’s feathers are a bit ruffled by the defensive metrics not liking him because his reputation has always been as a good defender. Indeed, that was why the Tigers acquired him from Toronto before last season. He does rate well by more outmoded/traditional numbers like fielding percentage and is known for having an above-average arm, so being told that some more complicated or newer metrics like defensive runs saved and zone rating rate him below average is probably even harder to take for him than most people.

As for those metrics? No one around here is going to say that they’re golden. I don’t think anyone who is being honest can say that we have anything approaching the sort of good numbers for defense that we have for offense. And it’s certainly worth noting that the center field Gose covers in Comerica Park is a different beast than almost any other park. He is assigned to cover a huge amount of ground out there. Center field is 420 and the power alleys are really, really deep. That likely doesn’t do him any favors. For what it’s worth I watch a lot of Tigers games and he seems like he takes good routes and moves well out there. Maybe he’s not as fast as he looks. Maybe there’s other weird noise. I have no idea.

I don’t think Gose is in Kevin Kiermaier, Kevin Pillar or Mike Trout‘s league when it comes to picking it out there, but I get why he might bristle at being told he sucks. I get why anyone would.

Nats catcher Wilson Ramos out a week for LASIK surgery

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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will miss at least a week of spring training because of Lasik surgery. He flew up to Washington to have it after his annual physical revealed that he needed it.

Not a big deal of course, but it did lead to a great line from Dusty Baker: “He’ll will be able to hit now.” Sick burn. Man, we didn’t realize how much we missed Dusty, but we did.

Ramos hit .229/.258/.358 last year, so in addition to the LASIK he may need Captain America’s Super Soldier procedure or perhaps a concentrated burst of gamma rays in order to actually hit.

Dioner Navarro: “This pig is going to live like a fricking princess in my house”

Chicago White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro is introduced during the team's annual fan convention in Chicago, Ill., Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGAZINES OUT
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Yoenis Cespedes bought a $7,000 hog and sent it to a butcher, raising the ire of PETA and causing everyone else to fantasize about ribs and pulled pork. Dioner Navarro of the White Sox, however, wanted people to know that his relationship with pigs is considerably different.

Navarro tells Dan Hayes of that he got a micro pig named Sassy for his wife. And it’s in no danger of going off to the micro butcher. “This pig is going to live like a fricking princess in my house,” he said. Navarro, his wife and kids know from treating animals well. Hayes reports that they have a French bulldog, a bearded dragon, a Nigerian Uromastyx, a chinchilla and a cat.

I approve of the cat. The rest sound like a lot of work, but whatever floats your boat.