Archive for the ‘awards’ Category

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MVP and Rookie of the Year – Who Should Have Won? Now that the Rookies of the Year and Most Valuable Players have been announced, which players were most deserving? Josh Hamilton won the American League MVP by a comfortable margin, but Total Runs (see below) and other analytical metrics depict a closer race. While […]

November 30, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: awards, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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Gold Gloves as They Should Have Been Contrary to what some might think, I agree with most of the Gold Glove awards. However, there are a few that I take exception to. Let’s compare the Gold Glove winners to the Fielding Bible Awards voting. American League AL Catcher Gold Glove Winner: Joe Mauer Should Have […]

November 19, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: awards, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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THE 2010 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced after the first unanimous winner in the five-year history of the Fielding Bible Awards. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his fourth consecutive Fielding Bible Award with a perfect score of 100, 26 points ahead of second-place finisher Carlos Ruiz. Joining Molina as repeat winners are Ichiro […]

November 1, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, book, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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Who are the Favorites for the Fielding Bible and Gold Glove Awards? With a week left in the regular season, let’s take a look at the leading contenders for baseball’s post-season defensive awards using Defensive Runs Saved as the key measure. This week we look at infielders and catchers. Next week we’ll take a look […]

September 27, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: awards, John Dewan, players, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

5 reasons to go to a Cubs game this year

Ok, so this season is a wash from a baseball perspective. But there is still something to be said about the experience of going to a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field. Here are five reasons to head on out to the ballgame, despite the awful record of the 2010 Chicago Cubs: There is no […]

August 29, 2010  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, game day, tradition, Wrigley Field  2 Comments

Andre Dawson day at Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs will honor the latest inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, former Cub Andre Dawson before Monday’s (8/30/2010) game against the Pirates. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley will declare Monday “Andre Dawson Day” in the city, despite his status of being a devoted Sox fan. The Cubs will present a ‘gift’ the […]

August 26, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: announcement, awards, Chicago, game day, news, oldschool, players, Wrigley Field  One Comment

Bob Dernier finds his way back to the Cubs

When Dallas Green came to the Cubs from the Phillies organization, he systematically plucked ‘his guys’ from the Phillie system to stock the Cubs for a playoff run. Within a year or two, the Cubs acquired Larry Bowa, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dickie Noles, Warren Brusstar, a young third baseman named Ryne Sandberg, and outfielder Bobby […]

August 24, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, biz of baseball, coaching, Jim Hendry, manager, observations, photo of the day  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Losing the Golden Touch A lot has been made recently about Torii Hunter – a nine-time Gold Glove centerfielder – moving to a corner spot to make room for the speedy rookie Peter Bourjos. A look at our data supports this move. Hunter was the best center fielder in baseball in 2003 and 2004, the […]

August 13, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: awards, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

Dawson the big draw at Cubs Convention

With the 25th annual Cubs Convention next week, I am struck by who the most exciting, most anticipated player in attendance will be. No, it won’t be a big star from last season or a high profile acquisition for this coming season. No, the biggest player appearance will be from a guy who hasn’t played for […]

January 10, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: awards, observations, players, roster, Team Ownership  No Comments

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Who are the Fielding Bible Award winners for 2009? THE 2009 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS have been officially announced after one of the closest races in the history of the award centered around the keystone sack. Second basemen Aaron Hill, Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley finished with 76, 76 and 73 points respectively, forcing a tie-breaking […]

November 2, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, book, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments