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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Who are the 2015 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)

September 28, 2015 Last week, we looked at the leading candidates for both the 2015 Fielding Bible Awards and the Gold Gloves Awards at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, and catcher. Today, we’ll do the same for outfielders and pitchers, as well as for the multi-position Fielding Bible Award. As [...]

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Who are the 2015 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)

September 24, 2015 As we approach the postseason, teams like the Royals, Astros, and Pirates continue to show how important good defensive play can be to overall team success. While we are all looking forward to October baseball, the end of the regular season also affords us the opportunity to reflect [...]

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Kevin Kiermaier - Historic Defensive Season?

September 14, 2015 Kevin Kiermaier has emerged as one of baseball’s flashiest defensive players this season with a multitude of highlight-reel plays, but even more impressive is the fact that he may be on pace for the best defensive season ever as measured by Defensive Runs Saved. Kiermaier played the majority of his rookie [...]

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Who Are The 2015 MVP Candidates?

August 31, 2015 In 2014, Clayton Kershaw became just the second pitcher to win an MVP award in the last 20 years. In some ways, he has been just as dominant this season as he was last season. Specifically, he is striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings, up from 10.9 [...]

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Cannon Arms in 2015

August 28, 2015 This season, it seems as if every night there’s another highlight of a runner being gunned down trying to take an extra base. In fact, 2015 is on pace to break the record for kills—direct throws to a base to nab a runner—in a single season since Baseball Info [...]

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What a Month for the White Sox

August 07, 2015 The White Sox started the month of July seven games out of a playoff spot, but a surprising run led to many of their fans clamoring for the team to be buyers—not sellers—at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Sox went 16-10 in July, the third-best record in the majors in the month, behind [...]

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Tulowitzki is a Defensive Upgrade Over Reyes

July 31, 2015 Prior to the Blue Jays trading for David Price, they surprised the baseball universe with the first major deal of this year’s trade deadline period by snagging Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes and several prospects. The reason for everyone’s shock is that the Blue Jays [...]

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Curtis Granderson Defense-Independent Batting Statistics

July 24, 2015 Curtis Granderson produced some exceptional seasons with the Tigers and Yankees, but a broken forearm and finger limited him to 61 games in 2013, his last with the Yankees. He was already 33 years old in 2014, the first year of his new four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets. [...]

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Infield Hits by Speed Score

July 07, 2015 We often assume a player's ability to get hits is a function of luck and his ability to make solid contact, but speed can be a hit tool as well, particularly when it can help result in an infield hit. Bill James first created his Speed Score statistic nearly [...]

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Is Max Scherzer the World’s Best Pitcher?

June 29, 2015 In the 2015 Bill James Handbook, Bill James introduced his new formula to determine the World’s Best Pitcher at any given time. The system is based on Game Scores and weighs positive and negative recent performances more heavily than older performances. As of the publication of the [...]

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