Perry Hill got a lot of credit for the Marlins’ defensive improvement this season, but the 59-year-old first base and infield coach won’t be on Ozzie Guillen’s staff in 2012 because of knee problems.
Florida brought in Hill specifically to address its high error total and the Marlins’ error count dropped from 123 in 2010 to 93 this season. Error totals are very often a misleading way to judge defense, but the Marlins also improved their Ultimate Zone Rating and percentage of balls in play turned into outs, albeit only slightly.
Regardless of which numbers you focus on regarding defense, Hill has a long history of lowering his teams’ error totals and is well-respected as a defensive coach, so it could be a tough loss for the Marlins.
The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.