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Is Madison Bumgarner the World's #1 Starting Pitcher?

November 14, 2014 Bill James has a ranking system called the World's #1 Starting Pitcher. Bill introduced the idea in an article on Bill James Online in September of 2011, and it has been fully explained and updated through the end of the regular season in the just-released 2015 Bill James Handbook. [...]

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Giants Defensive Positioning a Big Assist in Game 7 Victory

November 05, 2014 Madison Bumgarner will be remembered as the hero of the Giants’ 2014 World Series title, and he deserves every accolade. After holding the Royals to one run in Game 1 and no runs in Game 5, Bumgarner entered Game 7 in relief on two days rest and held the Royals scoreless from [...]

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The 2014 Fielding Bible Awards

October 30, 2014  THE 2014 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced. While in previous years there have been nine award winners—one for each position—this year there are ten. We have added a Multi-Position award to recognize the value of defensive versatility to play multiple positions and to play them each well. Of the ten winners, six [...]

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Who Gives a Shift?

October 23, 2014 The 2015 Bill James Handbook will be on bookshelves on November 1, but we wanted to give you a bit of a sneak preview. This is an abridged version of the introduction for the new Shifts section.   Let’s address the main question first. Who does give a shift? Answer: [...]

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Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)

October 06, 2014 Last week, we looked at the leading candidates for both the 2014 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 pitchers and outfielders. As in the previous article, the numbers next [...]

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Who are the 2014 Fielding Bible Award / Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)

October 01, 2014 We are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting October of postseason baseball, but now that the regular season is behind us, it’s also a great time to reflect on the players who enjoyed tremendous seasons. As one of the 12 voters for The Fielding Bible Awards, [...]

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Pitchers with the Best and Worst Run Support

September 18, 2014 Thankfully, the baseball community has moved beyond judging pitchers solely by their won-lost record. Last season, Clayton Kershaw took home the NL Cy Young despite having three fewer wins than Adam Wainwright. More famously, Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young in 2010 with just a 13-12 [...]

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Which teams have come on in the second half?

September 09, 2014 The baseball season is a marathon. When teams like this year's Athletics get off to fast starts and gain sizable leads in their divisions, it is easy to take for granted that they are clearly among the best teams in baseball, even if their recent play does not support [...]

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Instant Replay

September 02, 2014 Before 2014, instant replays in baseball were restricted to disputed home runs, fair vs. foul, fan interference, and wall border calls. This season, the scope of replay expanded greatly with the introduction of a challenge system similar to the one in the NFL. Now, it’s possible for [...]

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Top Defensive Players for 2014

August 20, 2014 Last year was an incredible year for defense. For the first time ever, a defender saved his team more than 40 runs according to Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) metric. Incredibly, two different players set the record! Andrelton Simmons saved the Braves 41 runs at [...]

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