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What’s the most production you can generate using active players? Mike Trout spent most of the past decade charting a breathtaking course up the career wins above replacement (WAR) leaderboards, finishing 2019 with the highest total through a position player’s age-27 season (73.4), according to FanGraphs. The delayed start to the 2020 season is a setback in that climb, […]

Green Bay Packers: AJ Dillon will Push for RB2 Snaps Right Away

One of a few surprises in this year’s NFL Draft for Green Bay Packers’ fans was when General Manager Brian Gutekunst decided to select running back A.J. Dillon early on with the 62nd pick. With Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both in the final year of their rookie contracts, drafting a running back should have absolutely been […]

Coronavirus pandemic slows contract talks between Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs

The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold not only the 2020 major league season but also contract-extension talks between All-Star shortstop Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs. Baez, under team control through 2021, told ESPN that the Cubs and his representatives had what he characterized as multiple “really good” conversations about a long-term contract extension during the spring. Nonetheless, he […]

Nats stars, Expos legends top club’s int’l history

MLB Pipeline recently released its annual Top 30 International Prospects list for players eligible to sign in the 2020-21 signing period. These young players are the game’s international stars of tomorrow and are following in the footsteps of thousands of international players who laid the groundwork before them. One day, these young men could be remembered among […]

Todd Helton’s Mile-High Stats Were Too Damn Good To Believe

This is the Hall of Pretty Damn Good Players, our weekly opportunity to pay respect to talented athletes who deserve better legacies. So far in this space, I’ve usually highlighted players with modest conventional numbers that belied their true contributions. But this week, let’s change it up a bit. I want to talk about a player […]

Defensive metrics are confusing. So we asked a pro to explain how Red Sox fare

For this week’s Olde Towne podcast, we caught up with Sports Info Solutions’ Mark Simon (listen below) to discuss where the Red Sox stack up in some of the advanced metrics used to analyze defense. Simon, who previously worked as a researcher and data guru for ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” joined SIS in 2018. The company […]

SIS Owner/CEO John Dewan Vertical Podcast Appearance Links

Full Length Podcast: 53:03 John Dewan on his childhood: 8:33 John Dewan on his Grade School experience: 2:30 John Dewan on his High School Seminary: 2:30 John Dewan on his college experience: 3:00 John Dewan on becoming a fellow of the Society of Actuaries: 2:32 John Dewan on meeting Bill James: 5:50 John Dewan on […]

SIS R&D Associate John Shirley Radio Interview on 105.7 The Fan

Click here to listen to the whole interview on the Green Bay Packers 2020 NFL Draft class.

How Seahawks DE Darrell Taylor Stacked Up Against Best Pass Rushers in 2019

The Seahawks’ biggest need of the offseason was obvious: rushing the passer. Finding effective quarterback hunters was the absolute necessity. This was true even before the Jadeveon Clowney free agency saga, which remains without a conclusion. Simply put, the Seahawks have to be better at affecting quarterbacks in 2020 and second-round draft pick Darrell Taylor […]

Seven NFL Rookies Who Can Break Out Right Away

While every front office is excited about its new players added early in the draft, some will be expected to step in and produce right away. Here are seven who are ready to make an impact. We tend to grade draft classes inconsistently, putting a lot of weight on a team that may have selected a superstar […]

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