Ok... I would like this thread to be a factual discussion of the defensive capabilities of Orlando Cabrera. Please provide statistical evidence or specific witness evidence (i.e. the specific game and inning) that justifies whatever opinion you might have.
Here are some relevant statistics on OCab:
1. OCab is tied for fifth for fielding percentage among all major league shortstops with 85 or more games started/total innings at shortstop this year. (This limits the field to 15 players total... basically the full time shortstops, and eliminates the part time players/platoons.)
Ok... so the argument is that he does well with the balls hit right at him, but the real problem is his range, right? How do you determine his range? By fielding chances per inning played. So that leads us to stat number two:
2. OCab is seventh among those same 15 starting SS for range factor (6th in total chances).
By comparison, among the 15 players with the most starts at the position, BPhil is ninth in range factor at 2B, Votto is tenth at 1B, and Rolen would finish fifth at 3B (although he is not in the top 15 for games started, but actually 19 due to his missed time due to injury)
Ok... so an objective look at the statistics seems to say that he is one of the better defending shortstops in the major leagues. Top half of the full time starters. And yet, I constantly hear that he is a weak defender on this board.
What are you seeing that I am missing? I have been going back through box scores and I am simply not seeing a lot of hits through the left side of our infield.
If you have something objective to point to that shows Cabrera as a weak defender, please provide it.