Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Fans' Scouting Report

Each year, TangoTiger, a prominent poster on Baseball Primer, asks fans of various teams to provide their scouting reports on the teams they follow most closely. He encourages as many people to participate, and I'm asking you to chip in.

It's a valuable project, utilizing Nats Blog's favorite concept, the wisdom of crowds. In short, large numbers of people are usually pretty accurate with their assessments.

You've watched the Nationals. Here's your chance to rate them, and see how they shape up.

The instructions on what to consider are here. It's very important that you read them first.

After doing that, you can rate the Nats.

Please participate, and encourage everyone you know who's interested in the team to get involved. The more people who rate, the more accurate our combined views should be.


  • Hey, post this over at BPG, and we'll run a real, live experiment on the Condorcet Jury Problem!

    By Blogger DM, at 8/16/2005 11:33 AM  

  • BTW, just sit back and watch the hits accumulate from searchers of "Condorcet Jury Problem". Advertisers will be throwin' money at you.

    By Blogger DM, at 8/16/2005 11:36 AM  

  • I don't think I can be objective about our shortstop. Can you?

    By Blogger DM, at 8/16/2005 11:39 AM  

  • I can be objective. That doesn't mean you have to be a homer either.

    Not to bias the sample, but it seems like he has a poor first step, but average acceleration to the ball. His hands are below average (think about how many roll under or past his glove).

    As far as throwing, He's got an average arm at short (he's certainly not Furcal), and he isn't accurate at all. Everything is in the dirt, which indicates a problem with footwork to me.

    That's pretty fair, I think.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/16/2005 11:41 AM  

  • Who is 'MON'. I thought we were evaluating the NATS.

    By Blogger David Campbell, at 8/16/2005 11:58 AM  

  • Tango's Jamaican. He's getting excited.

    Hey Mon! It's Carlos Baerga.

    You know... that sorta thing.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/16/2005 11:59 AM  

  • I interpreted "hands/catching" as the appropriate category for that. (And probably footwork too)

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 8/16/2005 1:42 PM  

  • Thanks for pointing out the survey. I've filled it out and submitted it.

    By Blogger Soji Slade, at 8/16/2005 4:15 PM  

  • wear is hondo and desmend their teh bestest playurs out they're hondo is'nt even playeng anymo re and hes still bettur than payrod lol that wuss sux so bad wose tahn jeter who's bowden cumpar'd desmend to accept desmend is better cuz he plays for teh nats and hondo use to play for wash and hondo is teh best cuz he likes teh nats so desmend is so much bettter than jetr ever war or is or will be i like desmend two so i feel good that hondo likes him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/16/2005 8:52 PM  

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