By keeping J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius, the Phillies kept the band together. Will they keep playing a sad tune?

Say this for the Phillies: They kept the band together. Two months ago, the idea of the Phillies’ re-signing J.T. Realmuto or Didi Gregorius and certainly both seemed as likely as bipartisanship in Congress and, well, $143.5 million later, here they are. Seven weeks after getting hired as president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski did […]

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 […]

Mets, catcher James McCann closing in on four-year contract, per report

After weeks of courting via the MLB rumor mill, a deal is reportedly close to getting finished between the Mets and free agent catcher James McCann. McCann is nearing a four-year deal with New York, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. McCann, 30, hit .289/.360/.536 (144 OPS+) with seven homers and 15 RBI in 31 games last season for […]

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 […]

How the last few weeks changed NL Rookie of the Year picture

Alec Bohm chased Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth for much of the summer in the National League Rookie of the Year race, but with the dust settled after Game 60, Bohm’s stiffest competition appears to be three pitchers. Cronenworth tailed off at the end, going 4 for his last 35 to finish the season batting .285/.354/.477 […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Baseball Researcher Mark Simon on the Importance of MLB Stats & History

Statistics and history are integral components of baseball — more so than any other professional sport. The game is constantly be framed and re framed in numbers and narrative, with comparing the present to the past popular with fans and journalists alike. One of the foremost researchers, writers and analysts of baseball stats and history […]

Kieboom’s glove better than expected on both sides of infield

As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season. When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop […]

What’s wrong with a Giants defense that just isn’t good enough?

Really wherever you look, the numbers are damning. Errors are passe, a blunt way of measuring a defensive play without much context. And yet, the Giants rank last in the majors with 19 entering Tuesday’s action. Their .970 fielding percentage, which again is imprecise and does not take into account range, is a big league-worst […]

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