The Bowden Big Board: Top 10 first basemen

The Big Board is a look at players from across the league at key points in the season: in the spring, at the trade deadline and in the offseason. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the top players at every position — for whenever baseball resumes. First up is the first basemen who […]

Twelve players to watch on defense in the Division Series

By Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions October is the time when defensive excellence produces plays that are long remembered. Whether it be Willie Mays going way back in center field, Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles making incredible plays at the hot corner, or more recently, Andrew Benintendi making a game-ending catch, the baseball heroics don’t […]

Stat of the Week: NL Total Runs/MVP Race is Tight

The National League MVP race is shaping up to be incredibly tight with a little more than a month left in the regular season, and it parallels the race for the lead in the Total Runs stat. Total Runs combines Runs Created (offense), Baserunning Runs and Defensive Runs Saved, along with a positional adjustment (but […]

Freddie Freeman Picking Up His Teammates

The Atlanta Braves have arguably the best defensive shortstop in all of baseball in Andrelton Simmons. The slick-fielding 23-year-old leads MLB in Defensive Runs Saved with 39 in 2013, more than double Pedro Florimon, who is second among shortstops with 18. However, Simmons is not the only 23-year-old in the Braves infield who is showing […]

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