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

In what took about a month to formulate, record, calculate, and report, my analysis tool The Determinator concluded this past Monday 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, continuing from the past three days, and over the next 5 weekdays, I’ll be releasing a side-by-side comparison of the two.

Today we continue with our fourth list: Shortstops


The Shredder vs. The Determinator:

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

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

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Shortstops

The Determinator, from SSTN’s Top 10: Shortstops


Key Notes:

The Shredder and The Determinator differed on including 2 different second basemen to each list (!), of which the omissions per list were:

The Shredder:

Jonathan Villar (MIA)

Trea Turner (WSH)

The Determinator:

Gleyber Torres (NYY)

Carlos Correa (HOU)

Between players that made each list, one player stayed the same in placement:

Trevor Story (#1, COL)

From that, here are the noticeable changes of player rankings from The Shredder to The Determinator:

Francisco Lindor (#2 -> #5, CLE)

Javier Baez (#3 -> #6, CHC)

Marcus Semien (#4 -> #2, OAK)

Xander Bogaerts (#5 -> #3, BOS)

Fernando Tatis Jr. (#6 -> #7, SDP)

Jorge Polanco (#8 -> #9, MIN)

Paul DeJong (#10 -> #4, STL)

Click here to see the #1-5 Shortstops (+ Honorable Mentions), and here for the #6-10 Shortstops.


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