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, SB Nation, and 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 #102: March 15, 2021

Amanda Smith (COURTESY PHOTO)This week’s guest is Amanda Smith, a third-generation Dodgers fan and Angeleno. She is the author of Le Renard Argenté: The Silver Fox At War, an illustrated micro-fiction account of Chase Utley’s exploits during World War II. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing program, she has put her BFA to good use by tweeting extensively with a half-finished screenplay open in another window. You can follow her on Twitter at @AmandaRTubbs or listen to her discuss disaster movies in detail on her podcast, Disaster Girls.

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Jim Davenport (TRADING CARD DB)“The Black Hole”: San Francisco Giants shortstops of the 1960s

By Bill James,

The San Francisco Giants problems at shortstop actually began in 1959 and ended, at least temporarily, in 1971.  I referred to this period in the tweet which started this discussion as “the 1960s”, but the actual dates are 1959 to 1970.  It began with the decision to move Daryl Spencer from shortstop to second base. … The Giants middle infield, on the other hand, was on a treadmill through the Twilight Zone.  From Daryl Spencer (1958) they went through Andre Rodgers (1959), Eddie Bressoud (1960), Jose Pagan (1961-1962), Jose Pagan and Ernie Bowman (1963), Jose Pagan and Jim Davenport (1964), Dick Schofield, Jim Davenport, Jose Pagan, and Tito Fuentes (1965), Tito Fuentes, Jim Davenport and Hal Lanier (1966), and then mostly Hal Lanier (1967-1970). Jim Davenport, losing the third base job to Jim Ray Hart in 1964, played over 200 games at short for the Giants from 1964 to 1968—not because anyone thought that he was a shortstop, but because somebody had to try.

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