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Premier Defenders on Hall of Fame Ballot

The 2024 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot features two of the best defensive players to appear on a ballot since Defensive Runs Saved was first tracked in 2003.Adrián Beltré ranks No. 1 among third basemen in our time tracking the stat with 200 Runs Saved. He’s one of only two players to reach 200 Runs [...]

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2023 Fielding Bible Award Winners

SIS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Fielding Bible Awards. This marks the 18th season that we have honored the best defensive players in MLB. The awards are voted on by a panel of experts who consider statistical analysis, the eye test, and any other factors that they wish to utilize.We are [...]

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Premier Playoff Defenders

Have you liked the defense so far this postseason?Hope so! There’s been some pretty good glovework all the way around, and even a few highly-impressive pickoffs at key moments.With 8 teams remaining after all the Wild Card sweeps, there are plenty of standout players still in the field.Let’s go position-by-position to find the players with [...]

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Brooks Robinson's Legacy

If you’re going to talk about legends of defensive excellence, the first few names you come up with should include Willie Mays, Ozzie Smith, Roberto Clemente, and of course, Brooks Robinson.Robinson, the former Orioles third baseman, died earlier this week at age 86.Robinson won 16 Gold Glove awards. Though two pitchers – Greg Maddux (18 [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Leading Minor League Shortstop Defenders

Minor league shortstop prospects Noah Miller (Twins) and Nasim Nuñez (Marlins) are as good at conversing about defense as they are at playing it. And they are both very good defensive players.The two of them were guests on the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast this week. Miller is the runaway minor league leader in Defensive [...]

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Defense, The NL Cy Young Race, and Blake Snell

On May 19, Padres starter Blake Snell got clubbed for 6 runs in 4 innings in a loss to the Red Sox. His season ERA at that point was 5.40.But from that point forward, Snell has had the most remarkable run of pitching in 2023. He has a 1.31 ERA in his last 19 starts [...]

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Rookies Making Big Defensive Impacts For Contenders

Have you gotten to see the Phillies rookie center fielder Johan Rojas since his recall about a month ago?He’s been something to watch from Day 1.Rojas was the runaway leader in Defensive Runs Saved in center field in the minor leagues. And he’s racing up that leaderboard even after just 30 games in the major leagues. He’s already [...]

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The Surprise Defensive Runs Saved Leader

Whenever I share the list of Defensive Runs Saved leaders by position, there’s one name that always elicits a strong reaction.People are surprised that not only is Carlos Santana of the Brewers the leading first baseman, he's the leading first baseman by a healthy margin.  He has 9 Runs Saved, well ahead of Christian Walker [...]

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Total Runs Leaders: Shohei Ohtani and Everyone Else

To call Shohei Ohtani the overwhelming favorite for AL MVP might be doing a disservice to the word “overwhelming.”By any player evaluation method, Ohtani comes out far superior to any other player. That includes the SIS R&D creation, Total Runs, which sums a player’s offensive value (Batting Runs Created), baserunning value (Baserunning Runs), defensive value [...]

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SIS Defensive Players of the Month: Matt Chapman, Brenton Doyle, Bobby Witt Jr.

It can sometimes be difficult to form consensus on our selections for The SIS/Fielding Bible Awards Defensive Player of the Month. That’s understandable because defense can be hard to judge in a small sample size.Case in point, our ballot for July. Three of my colleagues filled out votes for first and second place and three [...]

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