base stealing aggressiveness set for individuals? Topic

FYI 75 AS/AA is what wifs considers an average catcher.  Therefore if a majority of the league has catchers with less than average ratings in those categories, then you will see above average stolen bases league wide.  Just checked Coop and only 7 teams have catchers with above average ratings in both categories and I would bet there are more stolen bases than the baseline MLB season WifS uses.
1/29/2011 4:29 PM
Just compared the last completed season of Coop to the 2005 MLB Season (which I've heard a few times from CS is the baseline for statistical comparison...unless they changed it)
Total SB in Coop: 104.2 SB per team
2005 MLB: 85.86 SB per team

Of course, there a million other variables and management styles in HBD that have an impact on SB, but I think a major variable is the lack of "average" catchers in leagues.
1/29/2011 4:36 PM
My Coop C:  Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Philip Brandt  Career 105 CS, 327 SB.   But he has a career OPS of .826, I'll deal with the SB.
1/29/2011 4:41 PM
As someone who generally sacrifices bat for defense behind the plate (though one team is going the other direction at the moment) I can tell you for certain that it isn't working as you describe.

The Above Average AS/AA catchers end up with a better percentage, yes, but they do it at the expense of the middle-of-the-road and low-end SB guys. Against them, they (generally) reduce the attempts a little bit and throw a higher percentage out. But against the elite SB guys, you can use a 90+ AS/AA and still get run on more or less at will.
1/29/2011 8:56 PM
I'd be curious to see some hard data that proves that.  
1/30/2011 6:09 AM
As would I, and perhaps someone who does more statistical HBD analysis than I can provide it. Without any easy way of mining matchup data though, I suspect it would be very labor intensive.
1/30/2011 6:28 PM (edited)
I decided to check three of my catchers of varying defensive skills/results..  
Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Harry Ortiz
Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Orlando Bonilla
Hardball Dynasty – Fantasy Baseball Sim Games - Player Profile: Kennie Strange

After about 20 minutes, I decided it would be a ridiculously SSS and quit.  Although Strange was pretty effective against high speed/average BR(85/60 types).   He only had two opps vs the big SB threats and went 1-2.  His 69 AA isn't really a good number but the AS of 82 seems to get the job done.  Bonilla would be the guy to check as he's a legit D-catcher.  But that world will roll in about 3 hours and I'm just not down with checking every game with a SB/CS to throw out a SSS.
1/30/2011 7:22 AM
Here's the speed/BR of the guys Bonilla threw out:

A couple would be considered big SB threats.  The rest(save one) are fast with below average BR.
1/30/2011 7:30 AM
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