The 2017 Bill James Handbook is on shelves now. It’s 609 pages of facts, figures and other quantitative observations from the most recent baseball season. I’m always amazed at how quickly anyone can publish such massive amounts of data, let alone sort them and analyze them into something digestable.
Between tracking down Kenley Jansencontract details, I attempted to make the BJH even more digestable for Dodger fans. Here are 10 things that either I didn’t know, or didn’t know with nearly the same precision, before reading the book:
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won the National League Rookie of the Year award on Monday and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager finished third in National League Most Valuable Player voting, announced Thursday. He became one of seven players to finish in the top three vote-getters for the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Seager is also the first NL rookie to finish in the top three in an MVP race since 1952, when Dodger pitcher Joe Black finished third.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and shortstop Corey Seager are up for BBWAA awards next week. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Corey Seager has a chance to become the third player ever to win his league’s Most Valuable Player award and Rookie of the Year Award. The Dodgers’ shortstop is among top three vote-getters for both awards, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Monday.
Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.