Jacoby Ellsbury Leads Majors in Bill James”Total Runs’ Statistical Category, Proving His Worth on Both Offense and Defense


There's no denying that Jacoby Ellsbury is an MVP candidate. But baseball statistician Bill James' newest statistical category shows that the Red Sox center fielder might be the front-runner.

The new stat, called "total runs," takes into account a number of factors that relate to a player's performance on offense, defense and on the basepaths. When you take it all into account, Ellsbury is tops in Major League Baseball this season.

NESN's Peter Gammons is particularly impressed by Ellsbury's defensive prowess, which is reflected in James' statistic. In fact, Ellsbury is way ahead of Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, who is also considered to be an MVP candidate.

To hear more about the new statistic and how Ellsbury compares to the rest of the league when it comes to it, check out the video above from Red Sox Gameday Live Presented by UNO.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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