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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

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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Great Defensive Players Who Are Hall-Caliber

Scott Rolen’s enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend is good by us given that defense played such a large part in defining who Rolen was as a player and how frequently we write about defense here.But there are plenty of excellent defensive players with resumes worthy of Hall of Fame election who [...]

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June's Defensive Player of the Month: Blake Perkins

The Brewers rank 4th in MLB in Defensive Runs Saved and a large part of their success this season has come from their rookies.Joey Wiemer and Brice Turang have each impressed this season. Last month, a third player joined them, our selection for the SIS/Fielding Bible Awards Defensive Player of the Month for June, corner [...]

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Doug Eddings and Bill Miller Call A Lot Of Strikes

Sports Info Solutions has tracked umpire data back to the 2010 season.We track many things, including tendencies. How often is a pitch thrown to a certain area called a strike and how does that compare to other umpires?SIS divides credit for called strikes among the catcher, umpire, pitcher, and batter through a process that you [...]

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