Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
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
Willy Taveras made tons of errors in his time with the Rockies and that's why his defense stats when down there. He had 11 in 1,700 innings there and 12 in the other 3,300 else where. Just because the park gets bigger doesn't mean your expected zone grows and DRS from the Fielding Bible is video reviewed system and he's a -21 there.