BuckMagic wrote:2. How can fans possibly vote Markakis to be a better defender than Jones?!
OriolesRedskins28 wrote:BuckMagic wrote:2. How can fans possibly vote Markakis to be a better defender than Jones?!
I think Markakis is an overrated fielder. Don't get me wrong, he's solid but I think he's far from great. His throwing has gotten significantly worse, it used to be a strength for him but now it seems to be merely average. He also seems slow when running down fly balls, it seems as though he reacts quickly but is slow getting to them.
Jones' fielding confuses me. He shows the great speed and athleticism but always comes up with a poor defensive metrics. He seems to make a lot of mistakes, I remember a play against the Rays earlier in the year where he let a 2 out line drive hit right at him by Evan Longoria with the bases loaded go right past him. It was a play he should have made but instead it turned into an in the park grand slam. But then there was the incredible catch he made in Seattle... I think overall he's a little bit below average at CF but has a cannon for an arm, I would prefer him in RF (with Trent Mummey, NOT Xavier Avery as the future CF) and Markakis on another team but maybe that's just me.
Don wrote:I was looking over that list and I just think some fans are to reactionary and were not realistically ranking the players. As I said to Jordan, "really an 11 for Mark Reynolds, really..." He is not a gold glove candidate, but an 11 is saying he is the worst defensive fielder in the history of baseball and this simply not the case.
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