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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Several Teams Have Defensive Streaks On The Line

By MARK SIMONDodgers third baseman Max Muncy made two nice plays at the hot corner in a 7-6 loss to the Rockies on September 6. One was a lunging grab and flip to second base for a force out. The other was a charge-and-throw on a Nolan Arenado slow roller. The two plays were worth [...]

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Lou Brock R.I.P.

By JOHN DEWANThis is one of my favorite baseball memories of all time. It’s not about something on the baseball field or about one of the best or worst trades in baseball history. It’s a small glimpse of the type of man that Lou Brock was.This is a very short story about the 60-year-old Lou [...]

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Key Defensive Acquisitions At The Trade Deadline

By MARK SIMON Most of the trades made around the MLB Trade Deadline were for pitching, as many playoff contenders had a need to add extra arms to their rotations and bullpens.But there were a few under-the-radar moves that teams made that could help their defense. As defensive performance is something that we focus on [...]

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Who Was The Top Defensive Player of the First Half?

By MARK SIMON There are so many things about this season that are different from those that preceded it. But the defensive excellence of Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has not changed at all. It seems like he’s made the highlight reel for something he did in the field every night this season. Rather than select a [...]

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Fernando Tatís Jr. is Amazing

By MARK SIMONEarlier this week, Padres shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. was criticized by both his manager, Jayce Tingler, and Rangers manager Chris Woodward, after homering on a 3-0 pitch in the eighth inning when his team had a seven-run lead. Tatís was vigorously defended by baseball fans on social media.We’re not here to weigh in [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Importance of Defense

By MARK SIMONOn ESPN’s broadcast of the Monday Night Baseball game between the Giants and Astros, Tim Kurkjian noted that he had studied the connection between defense and winning and found that bad defensive teams are usually losing baseball teams, unless extenuating circumstances exist, such as a high-strikeout pitching staff.We frequently look at the relationship [...]

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Stat of the Week: Early Standouts on Total Runs Leaderboard

By MARK SIMONEvery season, the list of players who get off to strong starts includes a mix of well-established superstars and lesser-known players. In a shortened season, a big beginning to the season is magnified as there is less time for aberrational performances to revert back to the mean.The 2020 season has a good mix [...]

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Infield Shifts are on the Rise Again?

Stop me if you've heard this before: infield shifts are more frequent this season. [...]

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Stat of the Week: Who is the Best Defensive Team Entering 2020?

By Mark Simon The best defensive team in baseball entering the 2020 season seems clearcut. The Los Angeles Dodgers finished the 2019 season with an MLB-leading 126 Defensive Runs Saved. They kept the core of their position-player group almost completely intact other than swapping out Alex Verdugo for one of the game’s top defensive players, Mookie Betts. As we noted in The Fielding Bible [...]

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Stat of the Week: Players Who Have Opted Out

By MARK SIMONThough the 2020 MLB season will return next week, not everyone will be coming back to play this season.Several notable players have opted out primarily due to Coronavirus-related concerns, a completely understandable decision at this time.The biggest names among those players are Giants catcher Buster Posey and Dodgers pitcher David Price.Posey and his [...]

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