The Fielding Bible--Volume II
by John Dewan
First published in 2006, The Fielding Bible completely changed the entire perception of fielding statistics in Major League Baseball. Using the revolutionary Plus/Minus approach to fielding analysis previously available exclusively to major league teams, John Dewan and Baseball Info Solutions have moved the conversation forward on this important part of the game.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 25th 2009 by ACTA Publications
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Dewan is very good at what he does. Anyone who wants to understand why analysts are as confident as they are in valuing defense (say, Raul Ibanez or Dayton Moore) must read BIS's methodology. Or any serious baseball fan who understands that there is more to defense than not committing errors or throwing out base stealers. The conclusions -broadly- are sound, although newcomers should understand that there are equally legitimate metrics out there that come to very different conclusions on individ...more