Author Archives: marksimonsis

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. Beltré’s career began at age 19, but it took off in 2004 when he hit .334/.388/.629 with 48 home runs. That launched a career that finished with 477 home runs and 1,707 RBIs. He […]

The changes that made Jacob deGrom and Blake Snell Cy Young worthy

By MARK SIMON Pitchers are always making tweaks and adjustments to their deliveries and repertoires in an effort to stay a step ahead of the hitters. In the case of Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Rays pitcher Blake Snell, the tweaks made those pitchers Cy Young worthy. DeGrom’s big adjustment came by suggestion from pitching […]

Stat of the Week: A look at NFL and 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 Team 1. Saints 111.7 2. Chiefs 110.9 […]

Who were the top performing defensive rookies in 2018?

Harrison Bader was among those who led the way, but there are a couple of names here you probably didn’t expect or know.

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

By MARK SIMON Baseball 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 […]

Open the Handbook and let the numbers tell the story

The Bill James Baseball Handbook is 622 pages of baseball goodness. Here are some of our favorite tidbits.

2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook: “Shift Update”

Defensive shifting rose 30% in 2018. We look at some notes and nuggets related to shift performance in 2018.