John Dewan Doesn’t Know What The Hell He’s Talking About
The first question you may be asking yourself is, “Who the heck is John Dewan?” To be honest, I didn’t know either, until I read the write-up in the Orange County Register regarding the the Angels’ thrilling 4-3 victory over the Royals yesterday, specifically in reference to Torii Hunter robbing Miguel Olivo of a home run in the 9th inning. John Dewan is the author of The Fielding Bible, a book that was apparently “[p]reviously available exclusively to Major League Baseball teams, John Dewan and Baseball Info Solutions reveal their revolutionary approach to fielding analysis.” Unfortunately, Dewan’s website is down, for some odd reason, but here is what he had to say about Hunter’s fielding ability heading into the 2009 season:
“…well removed from his defensive prime” but still able to play “acceptable defense.”
Torii respectfully disagrees.
“I’m still me. I still play the game. I still know how to play center field. I still feel I’m one of the best center fielders in the game. That’s not cocky. That’s just confidence.”
Preach on, Torii.
“That was a lot of fun. Man, I was so pumped. I felt like a wide receiver did a slant up the middle and I was the free safety and I got him.”
The sight of Hunter make mind-boggling catches has become the norm over his 11-year career, and he has received recognition for it, winning the Gold Glove eight consecutive seasons (2001-2008), seven with the Twins and one last season with the Angels.
But I’m stil curious why Dewan’s website is down. Perhaps his analysis that Torii is “well-removed from his defensive prime” despite the fact he won the Gold Glove again in 2008 might have something to do with it.
Angels beat Royals, 4-3 [Orange County Register]
The Fielding Bible (Paperback) [Amazon]
[The Fielding Bible Official Site]
List of AL Gold Glove winners at outfield [Wikipedia]