Originally Posted by HometownHero
If you think big parks hurt your defensive rating then how does Austin Jackson stack up with a +47 DRS in 3 years playing in Detroit where its 420 in CF.
The fielding bible uses video on every play and have Dexter a -21 DRS, playing in a park that was 500 feet in the alleys isn't going to make you have a bigger zone and get expected to cover more ground than humanly possible.
I'm to the point where I hope we pull the move off just so we can see what happens, but Fowler will be hated by years end if he comes here and get exposed away from the Denver.
Did you read the part about Willy Taveras and how his defensive metrics dropped dramatically in Colorado even though he's widely acknowledged as a great defender? Again, whatever it is in Colorado that makes it SO friendly to singles, doubles and triples hitters that it takes Fowler from crap to .300 hitter, then other teams will get that same singles, doubles and triples. Defensive metrics are measured by a ratio of balls in your zone to balls caught in your zone. That means when a visiting team is in Colorado, their OFers can't get to Fowler's balls that they would get to in every other stadium because Colorado is artificially inflating his stats. Fowler plays 81 games a year in that same stadium that no other CFer can get to Fowler's hits.
I'm not saying he's a silver slugger caliber hitter nor a gold glove caliber fielder. I'm just saying I don't think he's going to be booed out of Cincinnati either. And by being somewhere in the middle, he will be a dramatic improvement over Stubbs