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 #115: June 14, 2021

Gary BedingfieldThis week’s guest is Gary Bedingfield, author of the new book Baseball in Hawaii During World War II and proprietor of the Baseball in Wartime website documenting baseball players and their military service. He has been researching and writing about wartime baseball for the last 25 years. Born and raised in Great Britain, he was a catcher in his playing days and played for the Enfield Spartans and the Great Britain national team. He also runs the Baseball’s Greatest Sacrifice website, produces a regular Baseball in Wartime newsletter, and has authored two other books, Baseball’s Dead of World War II (2010) and Baseball in World War II Europe (1999). A lifelong Dodgers fan, he runs a staff development business near Glasgow, Scotland.

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What’s Rob Reading?

(Courtesy of Baseball Prospectus)

“Whose Fault Is All These Strikeouts?”
By Rob Mains, Baseball Prospectus
“Yes, pitchers are really good but hitters have all-or-nothing uppercut swings, no two-strikes approach, no ability/willingness to go the other way, etc. It’s tempting to dismiss these arguments, given the grumpy-old-man characteristic of a lot of them, but let’s check it instead. If it’s true that modern hitters are causing the increase in one symptom, strikeouts, that would imply it’s not the fault of older hitters, who came along before 2005. I chose that year because it’s the last season in which the strikeout rate dropped, from 16.9 percent of plate appearances in 2004 to 16.4 percent in 2005. It’s climbed every year since.”

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Episode #100: Brandon McCarthy (March 1, 2021)

Episode #99: Lawrence Rocks (February 22, 2021)

Episode #98: Hannah Keyser (February 15, 2021)

Episode #97: Marty Appel (February 8, 2021)

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