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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

MLB's Best Players Are Entrenched

Trea Turner and Aaron Judge were among those richly rewarded with new contracts at this year’s winter meetings. We mention them specifically not just because of the size of their contracts, but because they’re currently adjacent to each other on a prominent statistical list. Player Total Runs Shohei [...]

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Reviewing Hall of Fame Contemporary Era Candidates

By MARK SIMONIf only it were so simple such that we could judge Hall of Fame candidates just on their on-field performance.If we did, the Contemporary Baseball Era player ballot would look a lot different than the eight names who will be voted upon by a committee of 16 voters on Sunday.Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, [...]

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2022 NPB & KBO Fielding Bible Awards

For the third straight year, Sports Info Solutions is rewarding defensive excellence on a global level. Today, we announce the winners of the NPB and KBO Fielding Bible Awards.The awards were voted on by a panel of experts and members of SIS’ operations staff, who spent the entire season tracking NPB and KBO games. Among [...]

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Most Valuable Pair

This article is an abridged version of one on NL MVP candidates Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado that appears in The Bill James Handbook, available now from ACTA Sports.If we’re going to talk about the best infield corner combos in major league history, we can begin by producing a list of instances in which a [...]

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Astros Made The Plays When It Counted

By MARK SIMONChas McCormick played 52 of the 220 games he played college baseball at Division II Millersville (Pa.) University in center field. In the minors, he played 270 games in the outfield and only 56 in center field.But in the majors, the Astros have needed him to be adept at the position, particularly after [...]

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The 2022 Fielding Bible Awards

SIS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Fielding Bible Awards. This marks the 17th 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 consider. Here [...]

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Fielding Bible Awards Preview Part II

Last week and this week, we’re running 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 experts who can vote based on whatever criteria they choose, including observation and subjective judgement, as well as statistical [...]

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Fielding Bible Awards Preview (Part I)

For 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 experts who can vote based on whatever criteria they choose, including observation and subjective judgement, as well [...]

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Who's the NL MVD (Most Valuable Defender)?

The NL MVP race has tightened up. Though it appeared that Paul Goldschmidt’s winning was a foregone conclusion for much of the season, Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Freddie Freeman have all been worthy competitors.The NL MVD race (MVD standing for Most Valuable Defender) is also quite tight. Three players are separated by 0.1 Defensive [...]

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Who's the AL MVD (Most Valuable Defender)?

People love debating the MVP races every year. We’re seeing it now, particularly with some who wish to consider the merits of a one-of-a-kind player in Shohei Ohtani versus a player having a one-of-a-kind season in Aaron Judge.But what about the race for MVD – Most Valuable Defender?You can think of this as an early [...]

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