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McCann Becomes More Sabermetrically Valuable...

Pitch blocking values have been added into fWAR, and this happens to be one of McCann's strong points defensively. By accurately being able to measure how many catchers can block different pitch types at different locations, with different planes of movement at different speeds, Bojan Koprivica deserves a big kudos for adding this analysis into this position's overall value. Here's his amazing article, for those interested: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/another-one-bites-the-dust/ McCann's career WAR jumped by about 1.7 as a result of this new addition, including a "perfect" 7.0 runs above above average in 2010. Why perfect?? Because FG has limited the value of pitch blocking to +/- 7 runs, at least for now. McCann ranks second in this metric (unsurprisingly, Yadier Molina is first), which provides analysis retroactive to 2008. If not for his "perfect" 2010 score, McCann would actually be 18 runs above average as opposed to Molina's 19.9. Because of the limit, he officially is only 16.8 runs above average during that time. Molina has no "perfect" seasons, so his total value was unaffected. -C

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