The Panel

This is our 12-person 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. 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 MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players and 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 has been writing about baseball since 1975, when he published his first articles in The Baseball Digest. He wrote annual books called The Baseball Abstract from 1977 to 1987, and followed that up with three editions of The Historical Abstract, the last one published almost 20 years ago. He worked for the Boston Red Sox for 17+ years, 2002 to 2019, and has written many other books on baseball and other subjects. He has collaborated with John Dewan and legions of others on annual editions of the Bill James Handbook for about 30 years. This book represents the work of many, many people.

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.

Christina Kahrl is a senior editor for MLB coverage at ESPN.com, a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Before joining ESPN, she was a co-founder of the sabermetric think-tank Baseball Prospectus, where she was the Executive Editor of the website as well as managing editor of the group's bestselling annual. Long based out of Chicago, she is now based at ESPN's Los Angeles campus.

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.

Joe Sheehan writes for Sports Illustrated and has published the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, one of the first subscription baseball newsletters, for a decade. He was a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and has contributed to ESPN, Baseball America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times in a 25-year career. He has never once participated in an infield shift.

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 five volumes of The Fielding Bible.

Mark Simon is a senior research analyst for Sports Info Solutions where he helps oversee the companyís public-facing content. He formerly worked at ESPN for nearly 16 years, including eight years on Baseball Tonight, and has more than 20 years of sports broadcasting experience. He has written about baseball for many publications. His book, The Yankees Index: Every Number Tells A Story, was published by Triumph Books in 2016.

Peter Gammons is a senior writer for The Athletic, who regularly appears on 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 more than 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 and co-author of The MVP Machine: How Baseballís New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. He previously covered the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Our three tie-breakers are Dan Casey, veteran Video Scout and Senior Operations Analyst and MLB Coordinator at BIS, Chris Dial, who developed Runs Effectively Defended (RED), a component of the SABR Defensive Index, in 1997, and Meg Rowley, managing editor at FanGraphs.