Category: SimLeague Baseball
#29 Players Q. What do the defensive ratings mean?
  A. The fielding and range values are a just a quick reference guide to represent a player's ability. His actual fielding percentage and range factor* can be found in his actual fielding stats on his player profile. Although two players may have the same defensive rating (e.g. 'A+'), one may be slightly better than the other. For example, if the cutoff for an A+ outfielder was a .990 fielding percentage, then you could have an outfielder with a .990 and another with a .999 and both would be labeled A+.

Players who have played at a position but less than 20 real-life games are penalized. This is incorporated in the ratings and the statistical inputs. Players who have not played at a position will incur a greater penalty than this, based on ratings and inputs at the primary position as well as which way he moves on the defensive spectrum (SS - 2B - CF - 3B - LF - RF - 1B). Moving left is a stronger penalty than moving right. Playing players at position which they never played that season is not recommended.

*Range factors are based on WhatIfSports.com's Relative Range Factor values that take actual stats and better account for actual team makeup and balls in play allowed.

To reference this article use the following URL: