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 #153: March 14, 2022

Pedro MouraThis week’s guest is Pedro Moura, a national baseball writer for Fox Sports and author of How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink. Previously, he was a senior writer at The Athletic, where he covered the Dodgers, as well as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and at ESPN.com. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing. The son of Brazilian immigrants, he grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Baseball has seen a monumental shift in the way defense has been played in the 21st century. (MLB.COM)

“Banning Shifts May Not Make Much Difference In MLB”
By Kyle Glaser, Baseball America

“Of the six experimental rules changes Major League Baseball implemented in the minors last season, three are reportedly in discussion to come to the majors by 2023: the pitch clock, larger bases and a ban on shifts. The pitch clock and oversized bases served their intended purpose in the minors. The implementation of the pitch clock in the Low-A West resulted in a 21-minute decrease in the average time of a nine-inning game. Larger bases at Triple-A led the success rate on stolen bases to increase from 70% in 2019 to 76% in 2021. The impact of the ban on shifts, however, was minimal.”

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