The Panel

This is our 17-person panel of experts for The Fielding Bible Awards:

Emma Baccellieri is a staff writer at Sports Illustrated, where she primarily, though not exclusively, covers baseball. She previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus and Deadspin. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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.

Dan Casey started at SIS in 2007 and is the Lead Analyst, Baseball Operations. He oversees the MLB and International Operations, and is responsible for the day-to-day scheduling of the Baseball Operations full-time staff and seasonal Video Scouts. Before coming to SIS, Dan worked for the New York Yankees in several departments, including Baseball Operations, Player Development and Marketing.

For over twenty-five years, SIS chairman 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.

Chris Dial has been studying and writing about defensive statistics since 1996, and developed Runs Effectively Defended (RED). RED was featured in Popular Science in 2008 as an example of the future of defensive assessments. He has written predominantly at Baseball Think Factory and currently at He is a member of SABR's SDI Committee, which plays a large role in the voting for the Gold Glove awards

Peter Gammons is a senior writer for The Athletic, who regularly appears on MLB Network. He is the 56th recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing given by the BBWAA.

Bill James, our Curmudgeon in Chief, was used by Ernest Hemingway as the model for Santiago, the fisherman in The Old Man and the Sea and later was the lead official for the 1962 World Cup, won by Brazil. Hemingway alienated the author by changing his hero to Joe DiMaggio, and James also would like to say that Ernest Hemingway couldn't catch a guppy in a 20-gallon aquarium with a three foot net.

Christina Kahrl is the Sports Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Before joining the Chronicle, she spent 10 years at ESPN as a senior editor for MLB coverage, and before that was a co-founder of the sabermetric think-tank Baseball Prospectus, first as the managing editor of the group’s bestselling annual and later Executive Editor of the website. An eternal optimist, she lives just a few blocks from Howard Terminal in Oakland.

Zach Kram is a staff writer for The Ringer, where he has worked since 2016, and co-host for The Ringer MLB Show. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Moses Massena has been with MLB Network since 2009 working as a Researcher, Associate Producer, Segment Producer and as a Producer since 2019. Moses has also done stats for FOX Baseball Telecasts from 2010-2017 and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball since 2018.

Eduardo Pérez played 13 seasons in the major leagues with 6 teams and was a hitting coach with the Marlins and bench coach with the Astros. He has been an analyst with ESPN from 2006 to 2011 and 2014 to the present, working on Baseball Tonight, Monday Night Baseball, Wednesday Night Baseball, the Little League World Series and the College World Series. He is also a regular analyst on ESPN’s Statcast broadcasts with Jason Benetti and Mike Petriello. His father, Tony Pérez, is a Baseball Hall of Famer.

Meg Rowley is the managing editor of FanGraphs, where she also writes and co-hosts the Effectively Wild podcast. Prior to assuming the FanGraphs managing editorship, she served as the managing editor of The Hardball Times. Her work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus. She lives in Arizona.

Travis Sawchik is a sportswriter for The Score. 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 Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players. He previously covered the Pittsburgh Pirates for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Joe Sheehan publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, one of the first subscription baseball newsletters, now in its 12th season. He was a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and has contributed to ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times in a 25-year career. No, you cannot find him on TikTok. Yet.

Mark Simon helps oversee SIS' public-facing content. He writes regularly for our blog and hosts The SIS Baseball Podcast. He previously worked at ESPN for nearly 16 years, including 8 years on Baseball Tonight. He is the author of The Yankees Index, which was published by Triumph Books in 2016.

Chris Singleton played six seasons in the major leagues primarily as a center fielder. Chris has been a Major League broadcaster for the past 16 seasons and has been a color commentator/analyst on over 1,000 live games for the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Baseball Tonight.

The SIS Video Scouts study every game of the season multiple times, charting a huge list of valuable game details.