In its triumphant 2018 return, the M-Sabermetric All-Star series dives into all things plate discipline, highlighting the MLB positional leaders in O-Swing%.
Jose Ramirez leads both the Shredder and M-SABR’s lists despite the sheer depth of third base talent in baseball.
Is Jed Lowrie the best non-Altuve second baseman in all of Major League Baseball? We agree with The Shredder that he is.
When all was said and done, Rolen finished his career as one of the best defensive third basemen of all-time who also carried an above-average bat for the majority of his career. The trouble is that Rolen was never seen as a team leader, and never led the league in any statistical categories. For voters that are all-in on triple crown stats, Rolen’s leave something to be desired—his 2077 hits would be the lowest total of any third baseman enshrined since World War II and his run and RBI totals are good, but nothing spectacular. Additionally, his reputation as a “clubhouse cancer,” as some teammates in Philadelphia referred to him, is doing him no favors.
According to Fangraphs’ Defensive Runs Above Average stat (DEF), which attempts to measure a player’s value relative to others at his position and relative to other positions, Jones’ DEF is 278.8, first among all outfielders to ever play the game of baseball. Jones’ DEF is eons ahead of second place Willie Mays’ DEF, which is a mere 100 runs lower at 170.1. The gap between Jones’ 278.8 DEF and Mays’ 170.1 DEF is larger than the gap between Mays’ DEF and 27th-placed Chet Lemon’s 63.3 DEF. And Baseball Reference agrees with Fangraphs—they credit Jones with 234.7 runs saved from fielding, first among all outfielders ever.
Some people prefer to elect folks who had long careers only, but Walker was so good during his prime that the fact that he only played for 17 years should not come back to bite him. JAWS, which is a metric that takes a player’s career rWAR and averages it with their 7-year peak rWAR gives Walker a 58.7 JAWS. The average Hall of Fame right fielder has a JAWS of 57.8, which is right around what Walker has. Keep in mind that WAR already penalizes Walker for his home ballpark, so these numbers include an adjustment for Coors. I don’t like to use WAR as the be-all end-all stat, but it’s good to use as a benchmark and Walker measures up perfectly.
The Dodgers and Rockies are postseason contenders, while the Diamondbacks are entering a rebuild, the Padres are exiting a rebuild, and the Giants are… doing something.
Robert Banas discusses one of the hottest topics of this offseason: the fate of Bryce Harper.
Can the Brewers build upon their fantastic run in 2018 or will the Cubs (or someone else) take the crown?
Today we continue our off-season preview series with a look at the NL East, which has the potential for a number of interesting moves before the 2019 season. Here, we discuss how the Mets might actually have a chance at competing (don’t hold your breath) and how the Braves will look for another NL East title. The Phillies and that Gabe Kapler guy are looking pretty interesting, too.