Nolan Arenado (2019) - Analyzing his Advanced Defense at Third Base and Why it Makes Me Sad

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  • Published on:  Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Nolan Arenado is one of the best defensive baseball players on the planet, but thinking about him makes me a little sad. I considered doing an analysis of his advanced defensive metrics to cheer me up. We go in-depth on the difference between UZR and DRS and how these Sabermetric measurements show us how great Nolan is. We also watch a baseball game between the Colorado Rockies and San Fransisco Giants from 5 years ago to watch Nolan Arenado in a very high leverage situation.

    All data captured in this video was found on FanGraphs!


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  • Bryce Gordon

    Bryce Gordon

     a months ago +109

    Firstly, it is so awesome to see another video from you. These are lovely, and I can't wait to see more when you're ready. Secondly, as a Colorado native, I wanna say thank you for showing of my state so well. From Coors and Arenado, to those shots of the Boulder tea house, Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak, it is so wonderful to know my state brings someone else the joy that it brings me. Come back whenever you feel like it, it's always a great day for baseball in the Rockies. Except when it's snowing, of course

  • Ross Wigley

    Ross Wigley


    Alex Rodriguez being the final out of the 2001 Mariners 116th win and the 2010 ALCS that sent the Rangers to the world series. His career is like a Grecian tragedy -- a virtual demigod that sought glory so hard that fate spurned him and he lost the people's love.

    The final start of Felix Hernandez as a Mariner (and perhaps a MLB player). His final years will ve remembered for his partying and pitching hungover, and his stubborn unwillingness to reinvent himself and adjust to stay relevant as peers like Zack Greinke did. A hall of fame career that wasn't.

    Great channel bro.

  • legofanatic17


     3 days ago +1

    The end got the waterworks going a little. This video is on another level.

  • Cole Spradlin

    Cole Spradlin

     6 days ago

    I had a very similar expierience i was at the fathers day game where he hit a walk off homerun for the cycle back shortly after he had achieved superstar status it was my best experience at a baseball game so far.

  • andrew wannabe

    andrew wannabe

     7 days ago

    I know foolish baseball already made a video about him, but I'm a dodger fan and seeing Kershaw like that makes me sad. seeing dodger fans driving over his jersey makes me sad. he chokes but it's all just so depressing.

  • Martin Bouma

    Martin Bouma

     21 days ago +1

    Your editing is fantastic.

  • Josephsf1


     21 days ago +1

    Arenado is the HOTTEST Latino MLB player, he's 3/4 Cuban and a 1/4 Puerto Rican.

  • Luke Carney

    Luke Carney

     28 days ago

    I feel like Nolan is both underrated and overrated at the same time. There's no denying he's good, but there's no denying that he plays at Coors and his road numbers aren't great.

  • Andre Taylor

    Andre Taylor

     a months ago +1

    Another banger dude keep it up lol

  • jinntakk


     a months ago +1

    Swear to god when the pictures came up I thought he was gonna say his wife passed and that's why he's sad.

  • James Abbgy

    James Abbgy

     a months ago +1

    Another great video. Arenado makes me think of Brandon Inge, but that's just my Tigers fan bias. Speaking of which...

    Sad comment? The Detroit Tigers. A team I watched lose 119 games. But a few years later, they came alive. I was there in 2006, game 4 of the ALCS. Bottom of the 9th, Magglio Ordonez swings. A crack that you could feel more than hear. And then a roar from a stadium where people had paid to stand in once all of the seats were gone. I've never hugged so many strangers in my life... but it was not meant to be. The following years brought glimpses, but no return. Until 2012. A team that could not possibly lose. A team that was built for a single purpose, winning it all.

    But even then, it was not meant to be. Whispers of infidelity, and a locker room fight. A trade, a big bat silent in the post season, and our biggest bat injured. A sweep.

    We Tigers fans... We saw the 28 out perfect game. We saw two Verlander no-hitters. We celebrated when Verlander got his ring... in Houston. We saw a triple crown, something I didn't think would ever happen. I had tickets to game 7 of the world series. But the series would end in 4. That would have been my first ever championship game in any sport, watched live at the venue rather than on TV. But they could never win it all. And seeing them now, I wonder how long it will be before that roar is heard In Detroit again.

  • Austin Weber

    Austin Weber

     a months ago +2

    Man you are just absolutely amazing and you really brought back so many great memories of Nolan. Baseball has always bonded my dad and I and my favorite memory is Nolan's walk off cycle on Father's Day against the giants. Man it would be crazy cool to see you cover that incredible moment.

  • luneth


     a months ago

    this video is too slow for me

  • Seńor_Poppi


     a months ago +1

    This was Beautiful

  • CJ Syblik

    CJ Syblik

     a months ago +1

    So, something on Josh Hamilton maybe?



     a months ago +2

    The only person whose videos make me feel the same way about sports as yours have is Jon Bois; there are very few who've done the same in other aspects of my life, too. These videos are amazing and you should feel proud of the accomplishments you've already achieved by having 2 amazing videos under your belt.

    That said, I would love to see your take on the Dee Gordon homerun after Jose Fernandez's death. That is the most emotional moment in all of baseball for me, and only second to Derek Redmond tearing his hamstring during the 1992 Olympics for most emotional sports moment for me. I can only imagine what kind of insightful commentary you could give to hammer that moment home as the historic moment it truly is.

    Thank you for your contributions to the medium already and I hope to see something from you again soon.

  • andrew wannabe

    andrew wannabe

     a months ago +1

    i was writing some ideas for an essay that i needed to do. one of the ideas was yu darvish. one out away from a historic perfect game. second in cy young voting that year. in rookie year, pitched a 2 earned run game yet still lost in the wild card game. got blown up in rangers last chance at a world series ring in game 2 of the alds. got traded to LA. succeeded in the road to the world series with two gems. got blown up in the world series. every dodger fan blamed him for losing the world series. never was the same again. sad to see, even as a dodger fan

  • Trevor M

    Trevor M

     a months ago +1

    Amazing video thank you for this!



     a months ago +1

    Your videos are absolute works of art. I'm SO excited to see more!!!

  • Joseph Silva

    Joseph Silva

     a months ago +1

    First and foremost. I didn’t think it was possible, but you topped the Corey Kluber video, yet here we are.
    What ultimate makes me sad about baseball is what I call Clayton Kershaw, Matt Adams and how one pitch can change narratives. Kershaw was pitching a gem until Matt Adams crushes a hanging curveball over the fence to give the cardinals a 3-2 lead en route to the World Series. If the pitch was different then narrative of Chokeshaw be would be different.