SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. SABRcast features insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

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Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for ESPN.com, SB Nation, and FoxSports.com. He began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written seven baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award, and most recently Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of the 2019 CASEY Award.

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Episode #133: October 18, 2021

Rich BurkThis week’s guest is Rich Burk, a longtime broadcaster for the Pac-12 Network, NBC Sports ESPN, and, in recent years, the Hillsboro Hops minor-league team in Oregon. He has also filled in as an announcer for three major-league teams, the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays. From 1995 until 2010, he was the primary radio and television play-by-play announcer for Portland’s professional baseball teams. He is a graduate of Pacific University and lives outside of Portland, Oregon.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Yoan Moncada (GETTY IMAGES)

“As a Black broadcaster, how would I respond to a racially insensitive remark on air?”
By Doug Glanville, ESPN.com

“Over the past several days, I have found myself balancing my passion and my profession, sorting out the emotions of a moment that alienated a swath of baseball’s audience — including me. During Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Astros and White Sox, an on-air conversation between Jim Kaat and Buck Showalter went into territory that made me pause. In trying to explain White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada’s exceptional talent, Showalter — my former manager with the Rangers — shifted from glowing adjectives into Moncada’s value through the eyes of evaluators. This realm often takes us into objectification, which then takes us into property. And that is where Kaat jumped in. So in a cadence clearly meant to be complimentary of Moncada, Showalter asked, “Can we have one of those?” to which Kaat responded, “Get a 40-acre field full of them.” From early on in the conversation, I had a bad feeling, but I didn’t see the punch line coming. When it came, it felt like it punched me in the face.”

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