‘We couldn’t resist’: Andrelton Simmons has the Twins thinking big defensively

Andrelton Simmons is one of the best defensive shortstops ever, a four-time Gold Glove winner whose plus-191 Defensive Runs Saved rank third in MLB history behind Ozzie Smith and Mark Belanger. However, last year’s DRS was negative for the first time in his career, naturally leading to questions about whether he’s lost a step at […]

Way-Too-Early Ranking of Next Winter’s Top MLB Free Agents

The road to next offseason is a long and treacherous one. Countless obstacles will present themselves along the way, none bigger than the Dec. 1 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. More pressing are the inevitably contentious negotiations needing to play out between the owners and players to commence the 2021 season as they bicker over […]

10 Players in Need of a Bounce Back in 2021

For all the thrills and accomplishments of the 2020 season, there were a number of former All-Stars, MVPs and World Series winners who had down years. As we wait for the free-agent market to heat up and, eventually, spring training and opening day, let’s look at 10 players in need of bounce-back 2021 campaigns. Gleyber […]

Matt Olson snubbed for 2020 Gold Glove award

Throughout 2020, it feels like everything we know about the world has been flipped on its head. The MLB season only loosely resembled a normal campaign, U.S. politics have gone haywire, and daily life in America has been altered in unprecedented ways. Also, murder hornets. It’s been a weird year. Amid the added stress of […]

Stark: Weird and Wild, Rays-Astros ALCS Game 2

Another mesmerizing postseason baseball game busted out in San Diego on Monday. The scoreboard will tell us the Rays beat the Astros, 4-2, to take a two-games-to-none lead in this American League Championship Series. But there were so many illogical and incomprehensible developments along the way, how could I not recap the Wildest and Weirdest […]

Rangers’ Kiner-Falefa Hopes to Cap Off 2020 Season With a Gold Glove

For the most part, 2020 has been a season to forget for the Texas Rangers and their fans. The starting rotation didn’t play out as expected, the lineup fell victim to Murphy’s law, and the front office wasn’t able to land the deal they were looking for at the trade deadline.  However, there have been […]

Podcast: 2020 Home Stretch and Gold Glove Talk with Mark Simon

There were some good and bad happenings for the White Sox visiting Cincinnati this past weekend. Josh and Jim recap Tim Anderson’s big night, Dylan Cease struggled again, and the debut of Garrett Crochet.  The guest this week is Mark Simon from Sports Info Solutions. He stops by to discuss the White Sox defensive improvements […]

Why aren’t the Royals a good defensive team?

Back in the day, when the Kansas City Royals were good for a spell, the unofficial motto of the team was “Speed and Defense.” Across the diamond, they overflowed with athletes who were above average defenders at their position or true defensive stars. When the Royals fell hard from the good graces of winning baseball […]

Rick Hahn: José Abreu deserves Gold Glove hype along with 2020 AL MVP talk

Well, regardless of this writer’s attempt at some cultural relevancy, there’s momentum building for a Gold Glove campaign for the White Sox first baseman, at least in the team’s front office, where the general manager spent some time during his lengthy media session Friday touting the defensive prowess of the guy who might just be […]

The Best MLB Defender at Every Position in 2020 Season

The abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season will feature many statistical anomalies. That factored into our recent ranking of the best offensive performers, and it’ll hold true with this look at the top defenders at each position this year. We used FanGraphs’ defensive metrics as a guide but included the eye test and recent award […]

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