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How good was Griffey's Defense

Over at THT Sean Smith has been going through old data and putting together historic defensive stats.  You can go download the spreadsheet that has all the info.

I have always felt like Griffey was a great defender but I was young and he dove in CF so maybe I had overvalued his play over the years.  Looking at him now and the stats we have currently he looks horrible.  I went through and grabbed what Sean had on Griffey.

 

player pos Chances Runs year
grifk002 cf 454 -12 1989
grifk002 cf 491 -4 1990
grifk002 cf 526 -2 1991
grifk002 cf 522 -7 1992
grifk002 cf 477 -12 1993
grifk002 cf 352 -9 1994
grifk002 cf 280 2 1995
grifk002 cf 560 5 1996
grifk002 cf 581 6 1997
grifk002 cf 615 6 1998
grifk002 cf 547 8 2000
grifk002 cf 307 -10 2001
grifk002 cf 153 -11 2002
grifk002 cf 143 -5 2003
grifk002 cf 267 -9 2004
grifk002 cf 452 -23 2005
grifk002 cf 375 -17 2006
grifk002 rf 422 0

2007

When you look over the numbers you'll see that he wasn't that good when he was young.  Probably still pretty rough because of lack of experience.  He was a fine CF for around 5 yrs from 1995 to 2000 and then injuries caught up with him and killed his abilities to play defense.

I think this jives pretty well with how I believe he actually was.  Am I way off?  I'm a little surprised he wasn't a better defender when he was younger and that he was still decent around 2000.

PS. I do like how I can just copy excel stuff in and it looks good now.

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