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SABR Analytics Conference 2019 Recap

Hundreds of baseball industry types and statistically-inclined fans descended on Phoenix this past weekend for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference. It was two-plus days of former players, analysts, industry professionals, and students discussing the state of analytics in the game and presenting new research to push the conversation forward. [...]

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Running on Bryce Harper's Arm

By Mark Simon One of the storylines to follow for new Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper this season will be how he fares defensively. Harper’s defense cost the Nationals 26 runs last season, tied with new teammate Rhys Hoskins for second-worst in the majors. Harper struggled defensively in both right field, where he’ll likely play for the [...]

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Bill James Player Projections Updated

With spring training underway, the most popular question in baseball is “How good is he going to be?” It can be applied to hitters, pitchers, stars, hidden gems, prospects, and just about anyone [...]

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The Rise Of Outfield Shifts

By Mark Simon This offseason there was a lot of talk about the possibility of banning infield shifts, though that has yet to happen. It should be noted that teams aren’t just getting creative with their infield positioning these days, they’re also doing unusual things with their outfield positioning. BIS defines an outfield shift as when the [...]

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Stat of the Week: How Good is Kyler Murray?

Last week’s Stat of the Week covered the SIS rankings and stats for the top players available in this year’s [...]

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Stat of the Week: NFL Draft Top Prospects

With the football season over, it's time to shift attention to the future and the upcoming NFL Draft. In recent years SIS has tracked NFL and FBS games in a [...]

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Stat of the Week: ​Previewing the Super Bowl Offenses

There are expectations that Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams will be a high-scoring contest. The Rams ranked second in the NFL in points scored during the regular season. The Patriots ranked fourth. With that in mind, here’s a look at keys to the offenses in this game for each team.Patriots offensive key: [...]

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Congratulations to Bill James and Rob Neyer!

My good friends, Bill James and Rob Neyer, both received great recognition for their work recently.I have known Bill for the last 35 years. When I first read his work in the Baseball Abstract series way back then, it hit me. Bill was doing the exact kind of work with baseball numbers that I was [...]

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Stat of the Week: Active Players on a Hall of Fame Path

With this year’s Hall of Fame class announced, here’s a look at which active players have cleared the bar of Bill James’ Hall of Fame Value Standard. As a reminder, a player’s Hall of Fame Value (HOF-V) is his Win Shares plus four times his Baseball-Reference Wins Above Replacement (WAR). The standard for Hall of Fame [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Hall of Fame Value Standard Part II

Last week's Stat of the Week looked at Bill James’ newest creation, the Hall of Fame Value Standard (HOF-V), and how it analyzes the worthiness of some of the debatable position player candidates on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. To supplement that, here’s a look at the pitcher candidates of a similar debatable status. As [...]

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