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Who Hit The Ball Hard Most Often in 2020?

The following essay is part of The 2021 Bill James Handbook, available now at ACTASports.com. By BRIAN REIFF This is not a leaderboard of the best hitters in baseball. But it comes pretty close. Hitting the ball hard is almost certainly the best outcome that can come out of an at-bat, at least for the hitter. Hitting the [...]

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2020 Fielding Bible Awards Winners

Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Fielding Bible Awards. This marks the 15th season that BIS has honored the best defensive players in MLB. The awards are voted on by a panel of experts. This year’s winners are: Position Name Team 1B Matt Olson Athletics 2B Kolten Wong Cardinals SS Javier Báez Cubs 3B Nolan Arenado Rockies LF Tyler O’Neill Cardinals CF Kevin Kiermaier Rays RF Mookie Betts Dodgers C Roberto Pérez Indians P Max Fried Braves Multi-Position Kiké Hernández Dodgers Matt Olson joins Albert Pujols [...]

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2020 Fielding Bible Awards Preview (Part 2)

By MARK SIMONThis is the second in a two-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced next Thursday.The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts who can vote based on whatever criteria they choose, including observation and subjective judgement, as well as statistical [...]

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2020 Fielding Bible Awards Preview (Part 1)

By MARK SIMONFor the next two weeks, this space will feature a two-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced later this month.The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts who can vote based on whatever criteria they choose, including observation and subjective [...]

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Runs At A Premium in Postseason

By MARK SIMONAs you watch the 2020 postseason unfold, keep this in mind: Runs are very much at a premium at this time of year.Friend of the company, Pat Quinn passed along this chart, which we share with you.Regular Season vs Postseason – 2016 vs 2019 Season Runs PG Games Regular [...]

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Most Improved Teams in 2020

By MARK SIMON Who were the most improved teams from 2019 to 2020? The top four in winning percentage improvement each made the playoffs: Padres, Marlins, White Sox, and Blue Jays. So how did they do it? Biggest Win Pct Improvement - 2019 to 2020 [...]

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Rays, Athletics Have Maximized Their Rosters

By MARK SIMONThe Tampa Bay Rays clinched the AL East on Wednesday night, another remarkable accomplishment for a franchise that annually maximizes what it gets out of its MLB roster.Per Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Rays ranked 28th in Opening Day payroll entering 2020, the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that they ranked among [...]

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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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