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

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

2010 Defensive All-Stars With the All-Star Game being played tonight, it’s time to take a look at who the Defensive All-Stars are. While there isn’t a Home Run Derby for defense, these fielders’ contributions have had a tremendous impact on their team’s performance. Here are our current Defensive Runs Saved leaders: 2010 Runs Saved Leaders […]

July 13, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: All Star Game, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  2 Comments

Fallout from the Cubs opening day blowout

Yes, it’s just one game, and no it was not lost due to the horrendously blown call on the trap by Nate McClouth on Marlon Byrd. Today’s 2010 season opener against the Braves in Atlanta was a lousy game from top to bottom. Cubs were twice doubled off base, committed 2 errors, pitchers walked 8 […]

April 5, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game recap, game strategy, lineup, Lou Piniella, players, roster  No Comments

Cubs Spring Training Report

 Here is a first-hand report from Special Correspondent, Karen G…  This past weekend was the second of what I hope will be annual trips to Cubs Spring Training Camp in Mesa, AZ. I had such a good time last year when I stopped for a day on the way back from the west coast […]

March 6, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Uncategorized  One Comment

Why Byrd over Reed?

Jim Hendry went to the free agent market to get his center fielder for 2010. Marlon Byrd was signed this week to a 3-year contract worth $15 million. I took a look at his stats and was astonished by how close his numbers are to that of now former Cub Reed Johnson. Nearly every category […]

January 2, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, Hot Stove, Jim Hendry, players, roster, stats  6 Comments