Originally Posted by 757690
Heisey has 480 innings logged in CF. That's worth around 60 AB's on the hitting side. Basically, UZR tells us next to nothing about Heisey's defense in CF. Way too small of a sample size to have any real meaning, or reflection of his true skill and talent there.
Btw, UZR is the only defensive rating system that equates Heisey and Stubbs. Total Zone, Range Factor and Tango's Fan Rating all have Stubbs significantly better in CF than Heisey. Stubbs is above average in all of them, and Heisey is average or below average. Again, sample size is so small for Heisey that it doesn't mean much, but just getting tne facts out there.
On Baseball-Reference, Heisey grades out as slightly above average (13 runs, in fact, if extrapolated to 1,200 innings). Stubbs is 12 per those same 1,200 innings. Admittedly, he also grades out as below average (slightly) in range factor; then again, when compared to CF, so does Stubbs.
You may scream sample size, and that's certainly a valid question as to Heisey's numbers. But there's really only one way to fix that, isn't there?
I dismiss Tango's Fan Rating as nothing more than style points from eyes that cannot gauge accurately what's happening with the glove.