The Panel

This is our 12-man panel of experts for The Fielding Bible Awards:

Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer. He also hosts the Effectively Wild podcast for FanGraphs and is currently co-authoring a book about modern methods of player development in baseball, due out in spring 2019. He is a former staff writer for FiveThirtyEight and Grantland, a former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, and the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. He lives in New York City.

Since you have this book, you probably know Bill James, a baseball writer and analyst published for more than thirty years. Bill is the Senior Baseball Operations Advisor for the Boston Red Sox and the author of The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery (published in September 2017), which he co-wrote with his daughter, Rachel.

The BIS Video Scouts at Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) study every game of the season, multiple times, charting a huge list of valuable game details.

Chris Singleton played six seasons in the major leagues primarily as a center fielder. As a rookie, he led American League center fielders in Total Zone Fielding Runs Above Average. Chris has been a Major League broadcaster for the past 13 seasons and has been a color commentator/analyst on over 1,000 live games for the Chicago White Sox, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Baseball Tonight.

The man who created Strat-O-Matic Baseball, Hal Richman, continues to lead his company's annual in-depth analysis of each player's season. Hal cautions SOM players that his voting on this ballot may or may not reflect the eventual fielding ratings for players in his game. Ballots were due prior to the completion of his annual research effort to evaluate player defense.

Named the best sports columnist in America by five different organizations, Joe Posnanski was formerly the National Columnist at Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports and He is now co-founder of Passions in America and author of the upcoming book Houdini.

For over twenty-five years, BIS CEO and owner John Dewan has collected, analyzed, and published in-depth baseball statistics and analysis. He has focused his analytics work in baseball on defense and has authored or co-authored four volumes of The Fielding Bible.

Mark Simon is a senior research analyst at Baseball Info Solutions. Prior to that, he worked as a researcher for ESPN Stats & Information from 2002 to January 2018, including eight years on Baseball Tonight. He regularly wrote about baseball for and now contributes to The Athletic, as well as the Sports Info Solutions Blog ( His book, Numbers Don't Lie: The Biggest Numbers in Yankees History was published by Triumph Books in 2016.

Peter Gammons serves as on-air and online analyst for MLB Network, and NESN (New England Sports Network). He is the 56th recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing given by the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America).

Rob Neyer has been a working writer for 25 years, and most recently has contributed to The New York Times, Vice Sports, and Complex. When he's not writing, he's thinking about not writing. Rob will live in Portland, Oregon for as long as they let him.

Travis Sawchik is a sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak. He previously covered the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Vince Gennaro is the President of SABR, the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and the host of a weekly radio show on SiriusXM dedicated to baseball analytics, Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style. For the last 13 years, he has been a consultant to MLB teams.

Our three tie-breakers are Dan Casey, veteran Video Scout and Senior Operations Analyst at BIS, Chris Dial, who has served on the SABR Board of Directors since 2014 and developed Runs Effectively Defended (RED) in 1997, and Jeff Sullivan, Senior Editor at FanGraphs and BBWAA member.