- Plugging the Cardinals' Shortstop Hole
- Andrelton Simmons: The New Jose Altuve?
. OLIVER has Simmons with seven home runs, Bill James has him with ten, and the fans are casting the deciding vote with seven. Altuve's projections are all within a homer of seven himself. So far, so good
- Bill James Awards
The piece below is not endorsed by Bill James, writer and sabermetrician, or, for that matter, anyone else named Bill James. Mr. James did not contribute to this piece and I make no claim
- Let's Imagine a Baseball-Playing LeBron James
LeBron James doesn't translate. Baseball will never have a LeBron James. It'll have Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons and Clayton Kershaw and Craig Kimbrel, and they'll all be good and occupying different
- Andrelton Simmons Assigned to Minors
Constitution) that the club has assigned defensive wunderkind Andrelton Simmons to minor-league camp, leaving Tyler Pastornicky with the job.
To which level, precisely, Simmons has been sent remains
- A Replacement-Level Andrelton Simmons
I've been pretty busy. I wonder what Andrelton Simmons has been up to of late? Most of my attention is dedicated to the actual races. Let's go ahead and take a quick peek over at Simmons' MLB.com
- Andrelton Simmons is Spectacularly Solid
Andrelton Simmons is solid with the glove. He makes all the plays he should. Andrelton Simmons is spectacular. You should see his arm. Really, though, Andrelton Simmons is spectacularly solid
- Andrelton Simmons Changed Everything
, with seven errors on the one hand and a -12 UZR and -16 DRS on the other.
Of Pastornicky's defense, Frank Wren simply said, "We need more." Enter Andrelton Simmons.
Simmons only played in 49 games
- Will Andrelton Simmons Hit?
One of the major pieces of breaking baseball news in recent days was the Braves' signing of shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a seven year, $58 million contract extension. This is big news partially
- Poem to Ted Simmons's Hair
I’m telling you, Simmons, those days!
Those days when we finally began turning away …
Your tresses plunged like the
Bellwether economic indicators of the day.
Like the necklines of those
- Bill Simmons on Sabermetrics
We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Bill Simmons' most recent column in which he "finally joins the revolution" and highlights stats such as UZR, WAR, FIP and BABIP!
The more I played around
- How James Shields Could Now Maximize His Earnings
Well, this whole James Shields situation sure is bizarre.
Back in October, the FanGraphs Crowd collectively projected that Shields would be the fourth-highest-paid free agent of the winter
- Braves Call Up Andrelton Simmons
on pretty much every metric.
To help the team's poor defense and struggling run prevention, the Braves are calling up shortstop Andrelton Simmons to replace Pastornicky, who has subsequently been demoted
- A Week of Andrelton Simmons Missing Plays
numbers fluctuate. Defensive Runs Saved, as shown on FanGraphs, updates daily. A year ago, as a shortstop, Andrelton Simmons was worth 41 runs above average in the field. This year he's on pace for +4
- Andrelton Simmons: Getting in at the Top Floor
This probably wasn’t the type of year most fantasy baseball players who drafted or bought Andrelton Simmons expected from him. The Atlanta Braves’ shortstop finished with a .244 average, a mere seven
- Andrelton Simmons Trades Speed For Power
This quote from FanGraphs commenter Scott pretty much sums up Andrelton Simmons' season perfectly:
Simmons hit 17 hrs? I thought he was mr defense. Guess he added some pop while I wasn’t looking
- Prospect Watch: Mondesi, Ravelo, and Simmons
is less a fluke than it is the reflection of a very talented hitter who's maturing quickly. It's time to get him squarely on the radar.
Shae Simmons, RHP, Atlanta Braves (Profile)
- Andrelton Simmons Has Just Hit Puberty
Andrelton Simmons has admitted in a NotGraphs semi-exclusive that he has just hit puberty.
As we all know from experience, that journey can lead to all sorts of interesting places
- Is Andrelton Simmons Having the Best Defensive Season Ever?
no way of possibly knowing." Or maybe it's both. And that's perfectly fair -- we don't have any way of possibly knowing for sure, and there was a lot of baseball before 2013 Andrelton Simmons
- GIF: Andrelton Simmons' Best Ever Defensive Play*
This is very likely not the best defensive play Braves shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons has ever made -- or, indeed, will make in the future. However, it's the best defensive play
- What Would it Take for Andrelton Simmons to Be the MVP?
Andrelton Simmons is awesome.
If you are reading this article on FanGraphs.com right now, this comes as no surprise to you. And I'm not using "awesome" in the way people use it to describe
- Way Too Many People Own Andrelton Simmons?
Andrelton Simmons may be one of my favorite players in the league, but I do not find any reason for him to be owned in nearly half of Yahoo! leagues at this point in time. I was down on Simmons from
- Scouting Comparison: Andrelton Simmons vs. Tyler Pastornicky
as Andrelton Simmons enters his third professional season and could be ready for the big leagues next year.
Simmons was the Braves second-round pick in the 2010 draft while Pastornicky was a fifth-rounder
- Baseball Withdrawl Antidote: Andrelton Simmons
- Andrelton Simmons and the Case of the Walk-Off Triple
On Monday night, Andrelton Simmons beat the Rockies with a walk-off triple.
One inquiring Twitter user wanted to know, How's that happen?
@RobertJBaumann How the hell does one achieve
- FanGraphs Audio: Fredi Gonzalez, Andrelton Simmons
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence
- Gooble Gobble, Bill Simmons Is Now One of Us
Bill Simmons, ESPN's Sports Guy, may be the most popular sports columnist on the internet, but until recently he was a saber denier, writing about how people like you and me were making baseball less
- Different Process, Same Results for Andrelton Simmons
, Andrelton Simmons was among the most productive players in baseball, thanks to his beyond-superlative defense. To the surprise of many, Simmons also slugged 17 home runs, offsetting his struggles to get
- Complete Game James: James Shields Unlearns Us
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
In 2010, James Shields led the league in hits allowed, home runs allowed, and earned runs allowed. Many among the Rays faithful
- Bill James Projections - Updated
I thought I'd mention that the Bill James Handbook projections on FanGraphs have been updated with the latest and greatest.
"... many things happen during the offseason that change playing time
- Bill James Handbook Projections
As of now, the 2008 Bill James Handbook projections are available on the player pages.
On a side note, all the minor league players have been synced with the major league players, so
- Bill James Projections: Updated
We've updated the Bill James Handbook Projections to the latest and greatest. They're available right now individually in the player pages. If you want them in a sortable form (with some extra
- Bill James Projections
In addition to the Marcel & CHONE projections, the projections from the Bill James Handbook are now available in the stats pages courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions. They will not be available
- Bill James and the Cock-Lebur
A Tragicomedy in Precisely Two Acts.
Like any serberista worth his fashion spectactles, I spend about 90% of my day within arm's reach of Bill James' collected works. Or, okay, maybe collected
- Spotted: Pretend Bill James
Moments before Justin Verlander completed his no-hitter on Saturday, Rogers Sportsnet presented home viewers with this image -- i.e. what sabermetric paterfamilias Bill James would currently look
- Is James Shields' Changeup Overrated?
Before this pitch, you might have heard a lot about James Shields' changeup being the best righty change in the business.
But early in the game, both Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt managed
- Return of the James Shields Changeup
The Royals made a trade for James Shields and evaluators had things to say about it. The Royals, for their part, were confident in their belief that Shields could help push the team to its intended
- Finding a Place for James Shields
, with the start of spring training a month away. With the Max Scherzer contract complete, all the big fish are accounted for. All the big fish, that is, but James Shields, who very much remains
- James Shields and Using K%
Coming off a season in which he posted a gruesome 5.18 ERA, James Shields is a favorite sleeper and undervalued asset of the statistically-inclined fantasy owner. The majority of these owners
- James Loney's Problems at the Plate
James Loney is having a horrible start to the 2011 season. His wRC+ of 58 is by far the lowest of his career and is the seventh worst in the league. That kind of performance from first basemen
- Regarding James McDonald
is the placement of James McDonald in the starting rotation.
Despite making a cameo in the Dodgers playoff run late last season, McDonald is still a relative unknown. A low-90’s fastball and mid-70’s
- 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections!
The 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions are now available on the players pages!
- James Shields: Becoming an Ace
This might seem like a weird time to be writing an article about James Shields experiencing a breakout season, given that his 3.95 ERA this season is over a run higher than the 2.82 mark he posted
- Four Factors: James Loney
for the Los Angeles Times.
Baseball insider recently said James Loney was "hands down" the Dodgers' MVP in the first half of the season.
I don't know who this baseball insider is, but he is flat out
- Will the Rays Trade James Shields?
One of the best pitchers available this off-season may have just been pulled off the market. With Matt Moore expected to grab a spot in the rotation, many expected James Shields to be available
- Whither James Shields?
its eyes to baseball. Amid the oncoming rush of "best shape of my life" stories common to the February sports pages, one high-end free agent, James Shields, remains unsigned. He's certain
- James McDonald Loses Steam
James McDonald looked like one of the biggest surprises during the first three months of the season. His performance was a big reason for the Pittsburgh Pirates status as contenders in early-July
- James Shields, Better But Different
We've talked about James Shields a lot this postseason, and most of it hasn't been all that positive. "Big Game" James had been lousy throughout this magical Kansas City run, and he was particularly
- Addressing the James Loney Situation
James Loney isn't good enough to be a big-league starter.
In 486 plate appearances from 2006-07, Loney hit .321/.372/.543 and took the league by storm. At just 23 years of age, his future seemed
- James Loney's Prime Decline
If the Red Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this year, then waiver trade import James Loney has been one of its most disappointing and frustrating players. The 28-year
- James Shields, Innings Chomper
to describe pitchers who throw a lot of innings, but not necessarily of high quality. James Shields' innings, at least over the past three seasons, have certainly been of high quality. He has given his
- James Shields and the Value of Relevance
Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, and now James Shields. No team has had a splashier off-season than the San Diego Padres, as new GM A.J. Preller overhauled the team's roster to ensure
- James Loney and a Case of the Kotchmans
, though, easily the most effective Rays hitter this season has been off-season stopgap acquisition James Loney, who is currently hitting .376/.429/.560 (176 wRC+), including homers in each
- 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections!
Kicking off projection season, as usual, are the 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections, courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions.
They're available right now in the player pages!
- 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections are now available in the player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for allowing us to publish these for the fourth straight year.
- Bill James Projections: Updated
- Braves Lock Up Andrelton Simmons, Keep Inflating Extensions
million deal for shortstop Andrelton Simmons that will keep him locked up through his age-30 season while also providing some new benchmarks for both inexperienced players and defensive specialists
- GIF: The Subtle Greatness of Andrelton Simmons, Interrupted
- Don't Expect Much From Andrelton Simmons When He Returns
Andrelton Simmons is slated to return to the Braves within the first week or so of September, which should be a big boost for the team down the stretch run but likely will not be that big of a boost
- Video: Bill James on Colbert Report
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cBill Jameswww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive
Father of Us All Bill James has (a) written
- 2009 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2009 Bill James Handbook projections are now available on FanGraphs in the individual player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for letting us run these for the 3rd
- Bill James Handbook 2010 Projections
Throwing out the opening pitch of the FanGraphs 2010 projection season are the Bill James Handbook projections. Huge thanks goes out to Baseball Info Solutions for allowing us to publish
- 2009 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2009 Bill James Handbook projections are now available on FanGraphs in the individual player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for letting us run these for the 3rd
- James Shields, Line Drive Machine
If you watched Game 1, you know what was happening to James Shields. If you didn't watch Game 1, you can figure out what was happening to James Shields, since he departed after 3+ and wasn't exactly
- Q&A: Jim Hickey on James Shields
James Shields has had a career year, and at least some of the credit goes to Jim Hickey. The Rays pitching coach has played a hands-on role in the right-hander’s success, which has been fueled
- James Shields In a New Ballpark (And Division)
The short version of the old book on James Shields that he was a flyball and strikeout guy with a home run problem. That version of James Shields might care about leaving a home park that suppresses
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: James Loney
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: James Loney.
- Andrelton Simmons, Nate Eovaldi, Garrett Richards: Mining the Minors
during the current season based on various factors (i.e., age, depth chart, recent performance, etc.).
Andrelton Simmons, Braves SS
TALENT: 8 (out of 10)
OPPORTUNITY: 9 (out of 10)
- The Bill James Hall of Fame--Pitchers
instead of confuse.
In his wonderful book "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?" Bill James laid out criteria for two measures he invented to evaluate HOF resumes. He devotes Chapter 14 to describing
- Why Hasn't James Shields Been "Big Game James?"
Included among that has been that every single time James Shields' name is mentioned, he's referred to as "Big Game James," as though it's his legal name. Shields is a very good pitcher
- James Paxton Was Broken -- Is He Fixed?
In 2012, the prospect world was down on James Paxton. He was still getting strikeouts based on his curve, but his velocity was down and his control was terrible. Then he got his knee fixed
- 2009 Impact Rookie: James McDonald
Right-hander James McDonald earned a spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2009 starting rotation with a modest showing this spring. He allowed 21 hits in and eight walks in 19.2 innings of work. McDonald
- Hitter Rankings with Bill James Projections
Just a few days ago, the Bill James Handbook Projections were added to each of the player pages. Today, I will look at the top projected fantasy hitters going into the 2013 season.
A few items
- James McDonald Adds a Slider, Dominates
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout
- JABO: James Shields and the Pitching Market
Over the weekend, the long saga of James Shields, Pitcher For Hire finally came to a close, with Shields accepting a four year, $75 million contract from the San Diego Padres. $75 million is a pretty
- Call Him Complete Game James
For the second straight game, James Shields was able to finish what he started. Following a four-hit, one-run complete game victory against the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week, Shields threw
- Don't Give Up On...James Shields?
Tampa Bay Rays righty James Shields is seemingly turning in a mediocre performance in 2010. The 28-year-old owns a 6-7 record and has a middling 4.55 ERA, a combination that has led 11 percent
- James McDonald: NL Starting Pitcher
hasn’t been bad at all, and while they both would have been in contention for the title of Cy Young on the 2011 Pirates, they’re both sitting a ways behind the team’s ace, James McDonald.
- Not Drafting James Shields Next Year
A quick look at the player page of James Shields might lead you to believe that he has returned his draft day value for his fantasy owners. His ERA is only a tick higher than it was last year, his
- Pitcher Rankings with Bill James Projections
On Monday, I looked at the top hitters according to the recently added Bill James Handbook Projections. Today, I will see how the projection system sees the pitchers performing this season.
- Rays Pay Up for James Loney
agency, but Pena struggled through a 0.7 win season. Last season, James Loney was brought in on a $2M deal, and turned a profit with a career-best 2.7 win season.
The first base situation has been
- It's Time for the Royals to Trade James Shields
- Dr. James Andrews Will See You Now
Dr. James Andrews will see you now.
He understands that your arm is in a lot of pain. But what about your heart?
Dr. James Andrews knows the path to true healing starts with your
- FanGraphs Audio: James Kannengieser, Amazin' Ave.
In which the guest is neither a cannon, nor a geyser: discuss.
The Moneyball Book Club
Meta-Meta Musings on Blogging
The Sabermetric Biography of James Kannengieser
- Old News: Bill James on Sounds of Young America
by listening to an April 2008 interview with Bill James on PRI's The Sounds of Young America (TSOYA).
CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO
TSOYA host Jesse Thorn generally -- although not exclusively -- interviews
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1994 Edition
Age ain't nothin' but a number... on Rudy Seanez's Dodger uniform.
Last week, I played the part of Bill James' scrivener, rendering into electronic print five haphazardly chosen, but still
- Bill James Projections Fun: Pitcher Surprises Edition
On Wednesday, I dove into the recently published Bill James projections and examined how they compared with the actual performances of some of this past season's biggest surprises on the hitting side
- Dave Cameron Blink Watch: Blink+ for Bill James
Recently, godfather of sabermetrics himself Bill James appeared alongside Kenny. Below is the data concerning his blinking patterns.
Beg and End mark the beginning and end marks of James' time
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1993 Edition
As I've noted already in two posts here at the site, I've recently purchased the Bill James Player Ratings Books for the years 1993 through 1995.
What I perhaps have not made clear yet is how I
- Bill James Projections Fun: Hitter Surprises Edition
One of the most exciting times of the off-season is when the first projection set is released. We now have the Bill James system on the player pages for our analyzational (I like making up words
- "Does Bill James Even Like to Watch Baseball?"
Sullivan discussing Bill James' projections for some Boston Red Sox players (h/t Repoz). Ryan and Sullivan were aghast that Bill James would project Jon Lester for just 14 wins in 2011, joking
- Daily Notes, Beginning with a Line by Bill James
. Today's Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
Regarding a Thing Bill James Said
Bill James said -- while promoting his true-crime book last year on Sounds of Young
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1994
View spreadsheet of all 102 prospects by clicking here.
Last Monday, I submitted for the readership's consideration a review of the hitting prospects from the 1993 edition of the Bill James Player
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1995 Edition
Our exercise in plagiarism continues today, as we enjoy together some choice passages from the 1995 edition of the Bill James Player Ratings Book.
The reader will notice that, in what follows
- Prospect Watch: Jose Ramirez, James Jones
James Jones, OF, Mariners (Profile)
Level: MLB Age: 25 Top-15: N/A Top-100: N/A
Line: (Triple-A) 90 PA, 8.9% BB, 17.8% K, .313/.382/.450 (.371 BABIP
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1993
As noted towards the end of last week over at NotGraphs, I've recently acquired the Bill James Player Ratings Books from 1993 to 1995.
One thing about the Player Raters that, so far as I know
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1995
View a spreadsheet of all 81 prospects by clicking here.
Last week, I submitted for the readership's consideration a review of the hitting prospects from the 1994 edition of the Bill James Player
- Red Sox Replace James Loney with Mike Napoli
Early on during the winter meetings, we've seen the Rays agree to terms with James Loney, and the Padres agree to terms with Jason Marquis. Now we've seen the Red Sox agree to terms with an actual
- James Loney & The Bucs: Sometimes Average Is An Upgrade
The rumor mill was pretty sure the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign James Loney this week. This year's version of Tampa's continual reclamation project at first base has a longer history of above
- Ask the Audience: Cole Hamels or James Shields?
big strike, with James Shields and Cole Hamels lingering as the two remaining fish in the pond.
Shields apparently has a strong preference to pitch on the west coast. Hamels is from San Diego
- James Loney: First Basemen Gone Mad
to Votto and first in wRC+. The mighty James Anthony Loney.
In 2009 James Loney finished the year ranked as the 33rd best first basemen. Last season he was 23rd. So far this season he’s 36th
- Big Game James and a Team That Should Have Some
Let's ignore, for a moment, James Shields' actual major-league track record in what one might consider to be big games. We've all had fun at his expense, and the playoff ERA over 5 makes the nickname
- Bringing Bill James' Famous Arbitration Case to 2014
Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Abstract
The case that Bill James made for George Bell in 1985, and later informed his readers about when he released his Historical
- James Baldwin Has Huge Upside, Huge Holes
James Baldwin, CF, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD, High-A – most recently viewed 8/27 at Rancho)
Baldwin is the son of former big league righty James Baldwin, who was the pitching coach at the North
- 2B Ranking Using Bill James 2012 Projections
Yesterday, the Bill James's Projections were added to all the player pages here at Fangraphs. Bill James's numbers seem to be on the optimistic side and are probably not regressed as much as other
- Rays Scrape The Barrel, Come Up With James Loney
plate appearances for the Rays. Tampa bay is now going to try to work their magic on James Loney.
Loney, 28, has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rays according to Tim Brown
- Don't Be Fooled By James Loney's Gaudy Slash Line
frustrating year, James Loney was gone. Finally! My long personal nightmare would be over.
Here we are less than a year later, and now Loney's hitting .375/.430/.528 for the Rays. It's a line
- ottoneu Pitcher Rankings with Bill James Projections
We've already seen the new Bill James projections for 2013 used to rank hitters for 5x5 and linear weights, and to rank pitchers for 5x5 - time to look at how ottoneu players should be thinking about
- Steamer and I: Zack Greinke & James Shields
seasons now, which has made him the 10th pitcher off the board on average in NFBC drafts. James Shields hit the free agent jackpot by signing with a National League team and remaining in a pitcher
- James Paxton Misses Out on his Breakout
By the time James Paxton left in the sixth inning of his second start of 2014, he had done little in his young career to dampen expectations of him becoming a solid major league starter. After all
- James Shields Dominating Hitters With His Changeup
act as a jumping-off point for interesting discussions. Dave Cameron knows this. Before the season began he made a series of predictions that included James Shields as the AL Cy Young winner. We used
- Daily Notes, Ft. James Shields' Unbridled Enthusiasm
"I'm kind of excited about it," replied right-hander James Shields when asked for his feelings on the trade that sent him to Kansas City on Monday, reports the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney
- ottoneu Hitter Rankings with Bill James Projections
this off-season - 5x5 rankings come out, and Chad follows with the ottoneu edition. Sure enough, here three cuts of linear weights points rankings of the top 20 hitters for 2013, based on the Bill James
- Mike Minor, James McDonald, and Tricks of the Mind
In the two drafts the Rotographs staff has done so far this winter, James McDonald hasn’t exactly been a hot commodity. In the snake draft, he was skipped entirely and he hardly fared better
- James Shields Can't Solve The Biggest Padres Problem
they may yet be the team that comes away with James Shields, who would inject some stability into what is a talented-but-fragile rotation.
Jeff will have more on that signing later, but obviously: Shields
- James Darnell and Nate Eovaldi: Mining the Minors
the likelihood that a player will remain in the majors during the year.
Players listed in order of 2011 fantasy impact.
James Darnell, Padres
- Will James "Tex" Carleton haunt your daymares?
- The Best of the Worst, Or, What Do Roberto Clemente, Pete Rose, and Ted Simmons Have In Common?
divided them into groups (as they were somewhat similar), à la Bill Simmons' NBA Trade Value Rankings.
Off we go!
GROUP I: AGING IN THE OUTFIELD²
10. Marquis Grissom
Career WAR: 26.9