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    2009: Fail Ltlabner's Avatar
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    Power By Position

    I've noticed many posts where players are noted to have not enough/more than enough power for their position.

    Is this simply a comparison against another player in the position, or is there some unwritten rule that 1B produce X amount of runs, 2B produces Y amount of runs and RF produces Z amount of runs ?

    If there is an unwritten rule, is there a reasoning behind why certian positions are to produce a certian amount of runs?
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    He has the Evil Eye! flyer85's Avatar
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    Re: Power By Position

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    If there is an unwritten rule, is there a reasoning behind why certian positions are to produce a certian amount of runs?
    There are prime defensive positions(C, 2b, SS, CF) where teams are willing to sacrifice some offense for improved defense. In addition, there are obviously positions which are considered "offensive" positions(1b, 3b, LF, RF) where teams are willing to sacrifice defense for improved offense. Whenever you have subpar offense at one the "offensive positions" you have to be able to make that up at one the "defensive position" to have a good offense. The caveat being unless you have an incredible offensive player(Pujols, etc) at some position on your team.
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    Stat Wanker Hodiernus RedsManRick's Avatar
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    Re: Power By Position

    It's an issue of skill set rarity. For example, there are 100 guys who can play adequate or better 1B and hit for power. There are 5 guys who can play adequate or better SS and hit for power. Thus, to maximize value, players play at the far end of their defensive ability (or above it in somes cases) because it makes them more valuable.

    From the team perspective, a 35 HR, average fielding 1B and no hit, all glove SS will cost you say 10 million (8 & 2) where as a 35 HR, avearge fielding SS and no hit, all glove 1B will cost you 15 (14 & 1). The value of the overall production is the exact same, but you weren't efficient in acquiring that prodcution.

    The expectation you talk about comes from the available talent pool and fixed resources. You need a certain amount of offensive and defensive performance to compete and those expectations come from the most efficient way to address both concerns.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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