As the snow falls in yet another winter storm, it seemed to be the perfect time to take care of that backlog of filing. Embedded in that pile were home game score sheets from the Portland Seadogs 2013 season. Of course, finding them was a perfect opportunity to put off filing. Going back over the score cards almost brought back the warm breezes of summer. All the statistics contained in those sheets are now part of the historical record, except for one – the good play.
The good play will never be contained in any official record because it is by its very nature subjective. What one fan may consider a good play may not be a good play for another fan. Entirely based on the attention and opinion of the one watching the game, it cannot be gleaned from the official record. It is that play that draws "Ahhs" from the fans and the attention of the sports reporter then goes into the record book as a fly out to center, a 134 double play or a foul pop out to the catcher.
Many baseball statistics companies have a way to indicate the good play. I have historically noted these plays as well, but like the statistic companies have not used it. Going over the last year's score sheets, the notes on good plays jumped out. For the Portland Seadogs in 2013, according to the notes on my score sheets, the Seadogs made 113 good plays in games at Hadlock Field.
Who made the most good plays at Hadlock Field for the Seadogs in 2013?
Congratulations Derrik Gibson. You garnered 20 good plays with four games showing multiple good plays. April 22 against the Mets, May 5 against the Rock Cats, May 28 against the Fisher Cats and August 7 against the Flying Squirrels. Way to hustle.