Defense is huge. The difference between extra outs and outs taken away play huge roles in crooked numbers and crooked numbers play huge roles in wins and losses.
Defense is huge.
However... there are some amazing defensive CF'er's on the beach because they can't hit enough to out play the average defensive CF.
Buxton has to hit.
The hard cold truth is that his glove cannot do enough to counterbalance his horrific offense.We need to stop pushing his defense to the front of every conversation about him.Why sugarcoat things?
Centerfield is a very important position, but there are only a few small zones on the field where he can showcase his stuff.That just doesn't happen often enough.Historically CFs average a bit more than 2 putouts a game.That is about what Buxton averaged in 2017. I put the numbers up already.
I have gotten a couple of responses from posters who think I don't value defense.Not true.
More like I understand that one player can only do so much defensively.Not his fault he isn't going to get enough chances to neutralize his poor bat, that is just how it is