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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

The Flat Bat Award 2015

November 24, 2015 It's time again for the Flat Bat Award, which we give annually to the past season's best bunter. The reigning winner of the Flat Bat Award, Leonys Martin, actually won the Award in both 2013 and 2014. However, poor overall offensive production led the Rangers to demote Martin, and with only 310 major [...]

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The Andrelton Simmons Trade

November 16, 2015 Last Thursday, the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for two pitching prospects and Erick Aybar. The move isn’t a stunner since the Braves lost 95 games in 2015, third-most in baseball. It makes sense for them to continue to rebuild. Still, it’s not every day you see an elite defender change [...]

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Stolen Base Times Revisited

November 09, 2015 Two weeks ago, we posted a Stat of the Week highlighting the new Stolen Base Times section of The Bill James Handbook 2016 that is based on data collected at Baseball Info Solutions (BIS). That post featured the average stolen base times of players on the Royals and Mets who had at least [...]

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The 2015 Fielding Bible Awards

October 30, 2015 THE 2015 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced, and the discussion has to start with center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. In his first full season in the majors, Kiermaier saved the Rays an incredible 42 runs in center field, the most by a player in a season since Baseball Info Solutions first measured [...]

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Stolen Base Times

October 26, 2015 There is a new section in The Bill James Handbook 2016, coming out on November 1st, called Stolen Base Times. It features the average time it takes to get from first base to second base on an attempted steal for every player that had at least six stolen base attempts in 2015. With [...]

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Hitters Who Should Be Shifted More Often

October 21, 2015 The 2016 Bill James Handbook will be on bookshelves on November 1, but we wanted to give you a bit of a sneak preview. In the Handbook, we go through a detailed Q and A that is all about shifts. What follows is one of those questions and answers.   Q: [...]

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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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