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Upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame Ballots

By MARK SIMON With this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame elections now complete, we can now look forward to the upcoming Baseball Writers Association of America ballot classes. Scott Rolen will have some strong momentum going into next year’s ballot, having received 63% of the vote in the most recent election. That’s up a little more than 10 percentage points [...]

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2021 NFL Total Points Leaders

As we wait for baseball news (we’re looking forward to the Hall of Fame announcements next week), we’ll stick with a football theme for this week. There will be a lot of great players playing in this weekend’s Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. But the No. 1 ranked player in our value stat, Total Points, will not be among them. Chargers [...]

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NFL Playoff Football Power Rankings

By MARK SIMON We’ve been largely devoted to the baseball offseason, but with the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, a football cameo seemed in order for this week’s post. All season long we’ve been keeping track of our player value stat, Total Points, on a team level to create a power ranking of sorts. A brief primer on Total Points Total Points takes [...]

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Carlos Correa's Amazing Slides, Dives, and Jumps

By MARK SIMON Carlos Correa is someone who values advanced stats. He’s spoken about it both on TV and radio and even criticized Derek Jeter’s repeated selection as a Gold Glove winner (perhaps influenced by this article from Bill James?). So I think Correa might like what I’m going to present here. Our company tracks all sorts of things related to how [...]

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2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

By MARK SIMON There’s so much consternation about the Hall of Fame at this time of year that perspective on potential inductees can become a secondary story. So let’s wade through the PED scandals and other transgressions and point to some Hall of Fame candidates for whom there is statistical support for Hall of Fame election, though not [...]

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2021 MLB Year-End Awards

By MARK SIMON As 2021 ends, it’s once again time for our supplemental MLB awards, ones that are statistically driven. These will salute some of the leaders in specific areas of our recordkeeping. The Hard-Hitter Award Sports Info Solutions charts every batted ball as hard-, medium- or soft-hit, based on the ball's location and velocity. The winner of the Hard-Hitter Award is [...]

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Appreciating Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson

December 14, 2021 By MARK SIMON Four pitchers threw at least 200 innings in 2021. Sandy Alcantara, Walker Buehler, Adam Wainwright, and Zack Wheeler deserve a special salute for doing so in MLB's first full season [...]

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2021 NPB & KBO Fielding Bible Award Winners

For the second straight year, Sports Info Solutions made the 2021 Fielding Bible Awards a global affair. Today, we announce the winners of the NPB and KBO Fielding Bible Awards for defensive excellence. The awards were voted on by panels of experts and SIS Video Scouts, who spent the entire season tracking NPB and KBO games. Among our voters were [...]

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New Baseball Hall of Famers

by MARK SIMON With little positive news to report on the MLB lockout, Sunday was a good day to celebrate baseball history. It was also a good day for those who like to celebrate great defense in baseball. The Baseball Hall of Fame elected six candidates - Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil were voted in by the Early Baseball Era Committee. [...]

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Bill James Handbook Excerpt: Injury Update

The following essay is an excerpt from The Bill James Handbook 2022, which is available at bookstores now and can be purchased at ACTASports.com. The book features essays, stats, leaderboards, and much more. It's more than 600 pages of baseball goodness! by ALEX VIGDERMAN Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins [...]

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