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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 this year's CASEY Award.
Episode #39: December 23, 2019
Our guest this week is Craig R. Wright, who operates a popular baseball subscription newsletter at BaseballsPast.com. He was one of the first full-time sabermetric analysts to work in a major-league front office when he was hired by the Texas Rangers in 1981. He also spent 10 years as a consultant with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and provided statistical analysis for STATS Inc. for more than a decade. He was the co-creator (with Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel) of the radio show "A Page from Baseball’s Past," which ran for 26 seasons as a pre-game show for major-league teams. He is the author of The Diamond Appraised with longtime pitching coach Tom House. His most recent book is Pages From Baseball Past, published in 2013.
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What's Rob reading this week?
"MLB, Umps Union Reach Tentative Agreement"
By Gil Imber, Close Call Sports
MLB and the MLB Umpires Association (MLBUA) reached a tentative labor agreement through 2024, subject to ratification, that purportedly includes a provision in which umps will help develop an automated ball/strike system (electronic K-zone). The five-year CBA would ensure continued labor peace amongst the major league umpiring ranks since a 1999 dispute led to the resignation of 22 umpires, several of whom were eventually rehired by affiliated baseball.
- Also reading: Paul Lukas: "Card-iac Kid: Uni Watch Founder to Get Topps Treatment" (Uni Watch)
- Read more: Click here to check out Rob's full list of book recommendations on Goodreads.com
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