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MLB Network’s “The Shredder” vs. SSTN’s “The Determinator”: Catc

In what took about a month to formulate, record, calculate, and report, my analysis tool The Determinator concluded yesterday with the announcement of the Top-5 Designated Hitters in the MLB.

It was a long process of trying to create and justify my own metric of metrics, which was very hard to do in some circumstances (CF), yet in others seemed to be pretty close to what I expected (1B). However, more often than not a few players per position stuck out as surprising to have either made or not made the list.

As this was inspired greatly by the yearly lists from MLB Network’s The Shredder, and in an effort to provide an easy to see view between my tool and theirs, over the next 9 weekdays, I’ll be releasing a side-by-side comparison of the two.

Today we start that list with the first position I started with: Catchers.


The Shredder vs. The Determinator:

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Catchers

The Shredder, from MLB Network’s Top 10: Catchers

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Catchers

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Catchers


Key Notes of Difference:

The Shredder and The Determinator differed on including 4 different catchers to each list, of which the omissions per list were:

The Shredder:

Christian Vazquez (BOS)

Tom Murphy (SEA)

James McCann (CWS)

Roberto Perez (CLE)

The Determinator:

Gary Sanchez (NYY)

Robinson Chirinos (TEX)

Buster Posey (SFG)

Yadier Molina (STL)

Between players that made each list, no player stayed the same between each list. Here are the noticeable changes from The Shredder to The Determinator:

Yasmani Grandal (#1 -> #2)

J.T. Realmuto (#2 -> #1)

Willson Contreras (#3 -> #6)

Mitch Garver (#4 -> #7)

Wilson Ramons (#6 -> #10)

Omar Narvaez (#10 -> #9)


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