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 #142: December 20, 2021

Kyle SchultzThis week’s guest is Kyle Schultz, founder of Major League Wiffle Ball, which began in 2009 and has grown into an 8-team league based out of Brighton, Michigan, as well as a tournament circuit in Michigan, Texas, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois. MLW’s YouTube channel has more than 250,000 subscribers and 40 million views as of 2021, and has been featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter, TBS, and MLB Network. Schultz is a 2021 graduate of the University of Michigan’s sport management program.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Is Finding a Star Nothing But Luck?: Quantifying the Effectiveness of MLB Player Development

“Is Finding a Star Nothing But Luck?: Quantifying the Effectiveness of MLB Player Development”
By Dan Aucoin, Driveline Baseball

“In this mini-series, we attempt to expand our focus to analyze the overall state of player development over the past seven years. More specifically, we attempt to quantify each organization’s respective ability to acquire and develop young talent within the minor leagues. These outputs will give us insight into how important a highly functioning player-development department is to win at the MLB level and extend a competitive window years into the future. This blog post outlines the details and methods behind the creation of our estimates, as well as provides some initial findings. A subsequent post will take a deeper dive into our results and provide some key takeaways for the industry moving forward.”

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