CINCINNATI Ive never been one for extravagant statistics. I will leave that to people much smarter than I, but I do know you can quantify anything if you try hard enough and you can make stats pretty much say what you want them to say in order to fit your premise.
My premise isnt a wild one. The Reds play really good defense. Day-in, day-out. Not just the spectacular, highlight reel stuff but the solid, understated stuff like getting back on a pop up into the no mans land between the infield and outfield and not having to make a diving stab at the ball. Stuff like hitting the cut-off man on a throw in from the outfield so that guy who just singled in a run doesnt move up to second and into scoring position. Or simply fielding the ball cleanly and throwing the runner out at first base.
Watch enough other teams and you realize its not always the case.
If you cant catch the ball, you cant play on my team, said manager Dusty Baker. In San Francisco I had Gold Glovers everywhere. I h...