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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Cody Parkey and the Chicago Bears' Kicking Woes

During the 2015 NFL season, Bears kicker Robbie Gould missed six field goals, which was the most since his rookie season. Right before the 2016 season, the Bears decided to move on from [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Hall of Fame Value Standard

In the 2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook, Bill introduced a new stat meant to evaluate worthiness for induction to Cooperstown. He’s called it The Hall of Fame Value Standard. The Hall of Fame Value Standard (HOF-V) combines two statistics that assess player value -- Win Shares and Baseball-Reference.com Wins Above Replacement (the latter is multiplied by [...]

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Ban The Shift?

By JOHN DEWANOver the years in Stat of the Week we’ve analyzed the significant increase in shifting in baseball that has occurred since 2012. We have been proponents of this defensive strategy as we have demonstrated in many different ways that, when employed against the right batters in the right situations, shifting is very effective. [...]

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Stat of the Week: 2018 Year-End Awards Part II

Last week, we gave out some year-end MLB Awards to hitters, infielders, and outfielders. This week, we’re specifically rewarding the work of pitchers and catchers. Here are some honors that celebrate their outstanding performance.The Contact MinimizerThe Contact Minimizer goes to the pitcher who limited hard contact best in 2018. The winner of that honor is [...]

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Stat of the Week: 2018 Year-End Awards

We’re nearing the end of the year, so this seems like an appropriate time to bestow some statistically-driven baseball awards for 2018. These will round out the awards already given by the BBWAA. Without further ado…The Hard-Hitter AwardBaseball Info Solutions charting is such that every batted ball is deemed hard, medium or soft-hit, based on [...]

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Stat of the Week: A Statistical View of the College Football Playoff Field

The College Football Playoff field is set: the semifinal games on December 29 will feature No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Oklahoma, and No. 2 Clemson against No. 3 Notre Dame. All four teams have had interesting storylines at quarterback, while also dominating in other facets of the game. Using Sports Info Solutions’ advanced metrics and [...]

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Stat of the Week: Adrián Beltré’s Excellence

Adrián Beltré’s highly-successful MLB career ended last week when he announced his retirement after 21 seasons and more than 2,900 games. [...]

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Stat of the Week: A Look at NFL & NBA Power Ratings

With the baseball postseason over, it’s time to immerse ourselves in the NFL and NBA. If you haven’t paid close attention to this point, or are just curious for some interesting analysis, the Bill James Online Power Ratings are here to help. NFL Bill James Online Power Ratings AFC Teams 1. Chiefs 110.9 2. Steelers 109.5 3. Ravens 108.5 4. Chargers 104.6 5. Patriots 103.8 Bill James Online Power Ratings NFC Teams 1. Saints 111.7 2. Rams 110.2 3. Bears 106.3 4. Seahawks 104.5 5. Panthers 101.4 The top NFL [...]

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Stat of the Week: Who are the best defensive free agents?

By MARK SIMONBaseball moves quickly these days. Free agency is already upon us, with some highly-coveted names in this year’s market. But who are the free agents who will be most coveted for their defense?Thirty-year-old second baseman DJ LeMahieu won his third career Gold Glove (he finished a close second to Kolten Wong in the [...]

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2018 Fielding Bible Award Winners

The 2018 Fielding Bible Awards have officially been announced, with 10 winners being recognized for defensive excellence during the regular season. That includes one winner at each position, as well as a multi-position honoree. Half of the winners are first-timers, including three infielders—Matt Olson (Athletics, 1B), Kolten Wong (Cardinals, 2B), Matt Chapman(Athletics, 3B) — along with [...]

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