The Nationals sent 2017 first-round pick Seth Romero home from spring training for violating a team policy, Yahoo Sports reported and the Washington Post confirmed through a team spokesperson.
If we take all of those runs saved and lost over the course of a season, we would find their Plus/Minus score: the runs saved or lost because of a player’s defense over the course of a season. A perfectly average defender will have a Plus/Minus score of zero. Above average defenders will have a score above zero, and below average will have a score below zero.
Plus/Minus score is the core component of DRS and is representative of the general philosophy behind it: assigning runs to players based on making plays compared to an average defender. But DRS is not wholly Plus/Minus runs saved, it consists of the following components:
Hideki Matsui last played in the majors in 2012, but the international star still finds himself connected to the game.
Known as Godzilla during a 20-year career that spanned Japan, New York, California and Tampa Bay, Matsui is now doing what he can to give back to baseball at multiple levels. Speaking with Sporting News, he talked about retirement, working for the Yankees, transitioning to America and more.
The conversation has been edited for clarity and length. Answers were relayed by Roger Kahlon, Matsui’s interpreter.
Explained: As I like to say, spring training means nothing until it means something. This phrase often uttered by players who struggle in spring training and want to get the media of their backs.
As Run-DMC once said, “it’s tricky.” Or was that Defensive-Runs-Saved-DMC? I digress.
DRS is calculated by an organization called The Fielding Bible, which compiles and publishes defensive statistics for players season by season. The Fielding Bible also publishes books of the same name, describing their methodology for calculating their metrics, though much of their information is available on their website.
DRS principally relies on batted ball data from Baseball Info Solutions — a huge dataset that is usually used by professional sports teams for analytic scouting. Batted balls by BIS are graded based on the direction that the ball is hit, the distance of the ball, the speed of the ball off the bat and the type of the batted ball (line drive, fly ball and so forth).