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 #127: September 6, 2021

Rob Friedman (COURTESY PHOTO)This week’s guest is Rob Friedman, better known as Pitching Ninja, a social media sensation whose videos and GIFs of “the filthiest pitchers in baseball” have earned him a worldwide following, and deals with ESPN and Major League Baseball. He is also the founder of FlatGround Pitching, which tracks and scouts amateur pitchers. By day, he is an attorney and Executive Vice President for Digital Envoy, an Internet software firm that he founded that is based in Atlanta. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the Emory University School of Law.

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What’s Rob Reading?

MLB authenticated baseballs

Keep Your Eye on the Balls: How MLB Squashed its Fake-Memorabilia Problem”
By Emma Baccellieri, Sports Illustrated

“Tasked with certifying the authenticity of items from every game—including, naturally, lots and lots of baseballs—there are at least two authenticators at every major league contest from spring training through October. Their work receives added attention when it comes to a milestone home run or a big moment, such as the World Series. But they are in stadiums every single day, tracking notable objects, documenting them with an intricate note-taking system and tagging them in a way that escapes tampering. While their work is done largely behind the scenes, it has become a more visible, ingrained part of the sport in recent years, and as MLB’s authentication program marks its 20th anniversary this season, the job is bigger than ever. What was once a laser-focused attempt to curb fake memorabilia is now a sprawling daily enterprise that tracks the journey of (almost) every single baseball.”

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Episode #121: Todd Radom (July 26, 2021)

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Episode #119: Hannah Keyser (July 12, 2021)

Episode #118: Alan Zweibel (July 6, 2021)

Episode #117: Emma Baccellieri (June 28, 2021)

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Episode #115: Gary Bedingfield (June 14, 2021)

Episode #114: Gar Ryness (June 7, 2021)

Episode #113: Mike Cieslinski (May 31, 2021)

Episode #112: Rowan Ricardo Phillips (May 24, 2021)

Episode #111: Tom Shieber (May 17, 2021)

Episode #110: Will Leitch (May 10, 2021)

Episode #109: Daniel Jacob Horine (May 3, 2021)

Episode #108: Dan Epstein (April 26, 2021)

Episode #107: Victor Rojas (April 19, 2021)

Episode #106: Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis (April 12, 2021)

Episode #105: Lauren Meyer (April 5, 2021)

Episode #104: Tom House (March 29, 2021)

Episode #103: Tony Adams and Bradford William Davis (March 22, 2021)

Episode #102: Amanda Smith (March 15, 2021)

Episode #101: Adam Richman (March 8, 2021)

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

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

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

Episode #96: Susan Slusser (February 1, 2021)

Episode #95: C. Trent Rosecrans (January 25, 2021)

Episode #94: Chris Welsh (January 18, 2021)

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