The Panel

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

Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer, where he hosts two podcasts, Achievement Oriented and The Ringer MLB Show. He also hosts the Effectively Wild podcast for FanGraphs. 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.

Bill James is 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, sometimes multiple times, with the task to examine a huge list of valuable game details.

As the MLB Network on-air host of MLB Now and MLB Tonight, Brian Kenny brings an analytical perspective on the game of baseball to a national television audience. He also won a 2003 Sports Emmy Award as host of ESPN's 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 in 2012 by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, Joe Posnanski was formerly the National Columnist at NBC Sports and is now the Executive Columnist for MLB Advanced Media.

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

Mark Simon has been a researcher for ESPN Stats & Information since 2002. He is a regular contributor on baseball (often writing on defense) for, and is the author of Numbers Don't Lie: The Biggest Numbers in Yankees History (published by Triumph Books in June 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.

The Tom Tango Fan Poll represents the results of a poll taken at Besides hosting the website Tango on Baseball (, Tom is the Senior Data Architect - Stats at MLBAM and is the co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball.

Travis Sawchik is a staff writer for FanGraphs and a contributor for The Athletic. 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.

Our three tie-breakers are Ben Jedlovec, President of Baseball Info Solutions and co-author of The Fielding Bible-Volume III and The Fielding Bible-Volume IV, Dan Casey, veteran Video Scout and Senior Operations Analyst at BIS, and Hans Van Slooten, who runs