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As a true fan of baseball, you value every aspect of the game, from pitching to hitting to defense. The explosion of statistical analysis has given you ways to compare the talents of the best players, managers and coaches in the Show. There are tons of stats on pitching and hitting, but defense has been pretty much a "did the official scorer call that an error or a hit?" Until now, that is.

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Overview

As a true fan of baseball, you value every aspect of the game, from pitching to hitting to defense. The explosion of statistical analysis has given you ways to compare the talents of the best players, managers and coaches in the Show. There are tons of stats on pitching and hitting, but defense has been pretty much a "did the official scorer call that an error or a hit?" Until now, that is.

The Fielding Bible-Volume II provides average fans information previously available exclusively to MLB teams to judge how good a fielder each player really is, how he should be positioned against certain batters, and how many runs he saves or gives up in a season because of his defensive abilities. The Fielding Bible-Volume II includes:

* Defensive Runs Saved-this stat distills the latest in defensive research into a single number for every defender.
* Total Runs-a combination of Runs Created, Baserunning Runs, and Defensive Runs Saved determines an overall value for every player.
* A pioneering essay by Bill James detailing his revolutionary Misplays/Good Plays way to measure defensive abilities.
* Defensive scouting reports and player commentaries on every regular and semiregular position player in baseball.
* Innovative analysis of Catcher Defense, with catcher ERA taken to the next level.
* Samples of our exclusive Defensive Positioning System that show how and why the most innovative major league teams position their defense.

Defense is an integral part of the game. It always has been. With The Fielding Bible-Volume II, we finally know who the best fielders are . . . and why.
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Editorial Reviews

Baseball America
A huge step forward.
ESPN.com
Just go buy the book.
—Peter Gammons
New York Times
An error-free way to measure fielding.
&K#151;Alan Schwarz
Yahoo! Sports
A tremendous breakthrough in a long-mysterious area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879463717
  • Publisher: ACTA Sports
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN DEWAN has consistently broken new ground in the area of sports statistical analysis, first as one of the founders and former CEO of STATS, Inc. and now as the owner of Baseball Info Solutions. He is also currently the co-publisher of ACTA Publications. As a noted sports expert, he is heard weekly on WSCR "The Score," an all-sports radio station in Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

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    In Defense of The Fielding Bible II

    In Defense of The Fielding Bible II

    I just finished reading the Fielding Bible II, by John Dewan and I have the following thought: We still have a long way to go to bridge the knowledge gap as far as defensive statistics goes. While most number crunchers and scouts agreed this season on the Cy Young and MVP award winners, we are still a long way off on agreeing on the Gold Glove winners. This is exactly why if I was named commissioner of baseball tomorrow, I would require all Gold Glove voters to read the Fielding Bible. So the question then becomes, for those of us who don't vote for Gold Glove winners, why should we read the Fielding Bible? Well, for the simple reason that the information in the Fielding Bible will cause the "Molina's" of the world to make sense. Meaning, sometimes personnel decisions based on defense don't make sense without access to the defensive numbers that simply cannot be found anywhere other than the Fielding Bible. So, thank you John Dewan for continuing to fight the good fight against fielding ignorance and for bringing us the Fielding Bible.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

    The Best Single Resource for fielding data

    While you may not understand all of the new concepts and numbers that The Fielding Bible throws at you, it's well worth it for the ones you do understand. It's the most insightful, groundbreaking and informative work on understanding baseball defense that I've ever read. It's fills a huge void in our understanding of the game.

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