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Offline tomterp

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Re: Nationals vs Marlins, Game 2
« Reply #75: September 25, 2008, 11:11:12 AM »
I actually think Willie's catch a few games back outdoes both.  It was similar to Bernadina's...  over the shoulder running back, only he also turned the other way at the last second.  I think it was against Wright.  That's got to be insanely difficult.  The sliding catch against the Mets earlier in the season was great too, but pretty straightforward by comparison, just a matter of getting there and sacrificing your body.

To do a fair comparison, I think one has to measure the length of the skid marks, as a proxy for comparing launch speed.  Harris' first catch, I bet he slid 12 feet or more.  A typical replacement level outfielder might only be able to put up a 6 foot skid mark, and if Willie's getting 12, he would have a VORS of +6, which may put him in the top echelon.  Or, VORS could be expressed as a ratio to replacement level, in which case he'd be 2.0, compared to Bernadina's catch last night, which I estimate at about 1.42.  Nice, but not top tier.