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Akron Beacon Journal Feb 28, 2015
Defensive metrics don’t like Cleveland LF Michael Brantley because of his range; Indians disagree

Defensive metrics don’t like Cleveland LF Michael Brantley because of his range; Indians disagree

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley currently is one of the best examples of the eye test not matching up with the numbers.Most view him as a solid, above-average left fielder who’s dependable and has a good arm. The defensive metrics say his arm is fine but, overall, he’s pretty below average in the field.Indians manager Terry Francona, who often has a good balance of trusting the numbers but also trusting what his eyes tell him, doesn’t get this one.“I have no idea. I can’t for the life of me understand it,” Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to...
Akron Beacon Journal Feb 27, 2015

Defensive metrics don’t like Cleveland LF Michael Brantley due to his range; Indians disagree

Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley currently is one of the best examples of the eye test not matching up with the numbers. Most view him as a solid, above-average left fielder who’s dependable and has a good arm. The defensive metrics say his arm is fine but overall, he’s pretty below average in the field. Indians manager Terry Francona, who often has a good balance of trusting the numbers but also trusting what his eyes tell him, doesn’t get this one. “I have no idea. I can’t for the life of me understand it,” Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes...
Chronicle-Telegram Feb 26, 2015

Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Advanced baseball metrics say left fielder Michael Brantley is a below-average defensive player. The Indians beg to differ. “For the life of me, I can’t understand it,” manager Terry Francona said. “That’s something that perplexes me to no end, because he is one of the better left fielders in the game. I Read More...The post Indians Notes: Tribe disagrees with how advanced stats rank Michael Brantley appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for Lorain...
Plain Dealer Feb 26, 2015

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona isn't buying into the metrics that rate Michael Brantley as a below-average defender

Brantley was one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove Award for his position last year. Defensive metrics suggest that inclusion on the short list was not merited.
Plain Dealer Feb 24, 2015

John McDonald's role, Michael Brantley's balky back and Terry Francona's speech: Cleveland Indians quick hits

Francona gives a speech to the team on the first day of spring activities each year. This marks his 15th season as a big league skipper.
News-Herald Feb 24, 2015
Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley anchors outfield in 2015

Cleveland Indians: Michael Brantley anchors outfield in 2015

When constructing an outfield, it's always helpful to have one of the three most valuable players in the league.The Indians have that in Michael Brantley. So that's a great start. Brantley last year had one of the great all-around seasons in Indians' history, as he became just the ninth player in major league history to have 45 or more doubles, 20 or more home runs, 20 or more stolen bases and 200 or more hits.
Plain Dealer Feb 20, 2015

Tip from dad leads Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley to breakout season

After shedding the mindset of a leadoff hitter, Michael Brantley freed himself and his swing to have a historic 2014 season. But in baseball there is always another season and another challenge. What awaits Brantley in 2015?
Plain Dealer Feb 17, 2015

Cleveland Indians key questions for 2015: No.8 can Michael Brantley really play better?

Last year left fielder Michael Brantley finished third in the AL MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger for his work at the plate. Ask him if he can do better in 2015 and he'll tell you yes.

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