St. Louis Cardinals: Were Molina and Bader snubbed from Gold Gloves?

Both Yadier Molina and Harrison Bader were left out of the finalists for the Gold Glove award at their positions. Were these St. Louis Cardinals really snubbed? Last week, Rawlings announced their 2020 Gold Glove finalists with the announcement coming about a month from now. For the St. Louis Cardinals, they had three nominees for […]

To heck with the awards, Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier is good as gold

ARLINGTON, Texas — Some baseball numbers are unimpeachable. You can argue context, you can argue era, but you cannot argue the significance of a .406 batting average. Or a 56-game hitting streak. Or 4,256 hits. More than any sport, baseball is built upon numbers. In recent years, the numbers have grown more sophisticated and the […]

Grading Matt Chapman and the 2020 A’s third basemen

Practically from the moment Matt Chapman took the field for his MLB debut on June 15, 2017, the A’s became one of the top teams in baseball in terms of both offensive and defensive production at third base. With Chapman missing nearly 40 percent of the 2020 season, the A’s slipped in third-base production relative […]

Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season […]

Tampa Bay Rays: Fielding seen vs. Astros in ALCS has been there all season

Manuel Margot‘s falling-over-the-fence catch may be the video highlight that sums up Game 2 of the ALCS between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros. But Margot’s phenomenal play wasn’t the lone defensive highlight of the game. In fact, you can make a good argument the Rays’ pitching just looks even better because of the […]

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 […]

After walkoff, could a Gold Glove be in Jacob Stallings’ future?

After watching his dad crack a walkoff home run on Tuesday night, Emmitt Stallings was most exciting by seeing fireworks shoot off around PNC Park, as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 3-2, to snap a five-game losing streak thanks to Jacob Stallings’ solo shot in the bottom of the ninth. Watching in the dugout, Stallings’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rangers’ two defensive stars Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Joey Gallo lead charge behind improved team defense

The Oakland A’s were in town over the weekend. So was the AL’s best defensive third baseman. For a change, the two events were mutually exclusive. While the A’s were in town, two-time reigning Gold Glover Matt Chapman was in Vail, Colo., getting a second opinion on what was eventually announced Saturday as a season-ending […]

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