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The Flat Bat Award 2017

The Flat Bat Award 2017December 1, 2017 The Flat Bat Award is given annually to the best bunter of the year. To determine the winner, we look at run value—run expectancy gained or lost—for both successful and unsuccessful sacrifice and bunt-for-hit attempts for each player. Last season’s champion, Cesar Hernandez, fell to fourth this year as [...]

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Cannon Arms in 2017

Cannon Arms in 2017November 17, 2017 Which outfielders had the best arms during the 2017 season? To try and find out one must consider both the runners an outfielder has thrown out, as well as how frequently the outfielder prevented additional bases from being taken. To answer both of these questions we will use Outfield Arm [...]

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2018 Bill James Handbook: Injury Information

2018 Bill James Handbook: Injury InformationNovember 10, 2017 This year's edition of The Bill James Handbook, which was released on November 1, features a new section on Injury Information. Beginning with the 2015 season, Baseball Info Solutions has been collecting detailed injury data with the goal of creating a comprehensive database that would catalog all events [...]

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The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards

The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards October 30, 2017 The 2017 Fielding Bible Awards have officially been announced. Of the 10 winners this season, three players are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, while the other seven have been honored for their defensive prowess previously. Andrelton Simmons made history by becoming the first ever player to win five consecutive [...]

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Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)

Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part II)October 19, 2017 Last week, we looked at the favorites and contenders for the 2017 Fielding Bible Awards and the Gold Glove Awards for catchers and infielders. This week, we will do the same for the outfield, pitchers, and the Multi-Position Fielding Bible Award. As in [...]

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Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)

Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)October 13, 2017 For the next two weeks we will be writing a two-part series examining who the likely 2017 Fielding Bible Award contenders are. We will also be giving our predictions for the Gold Glove winners at every position in each league. This week, for [...]

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The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP Race

The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP RaceSeptember 27, 2017 As the 2017 regular season winds down, the debate over major league awards like Most Valuable Player (MVP) will intensify. With that in mind let’s take a look at the MVP race using the Total Runs leaderboard. Total Runs is a statistic created by Baseball Info [...]

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Corey Kluber Rises to the Top

Corey Kluber Rises to the TopSeptember 20, 2017 On September 7, in the middle of what would become a 22-game win streak, the Indians' Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox, giving up two earned runs over seven innings while striking out thirteen batters and walking just one. With this dominant performance Kluber surpassed Max Scherzer (who [...]

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2017 Shift Slowdown

2017 Shift Slowdown September 11, 2017 Back in April, we took a look at the state of shifting in Major League Baseball and predicted that teams were on pace to total 31,677 shifts during the 2017 season. While this projection was a 13 percent increase over the total number of shifts in 2016, the projected year-over-year increase [...]

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The Best and Worst Defensive Players So Far This Season

Thus far during the 2017 season, Mookie Betts sits atop the Defensive Runs Saved leaderboard, saving 28 runs in right field for the Boston Red Sox. [...]

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