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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Current Episode

Episode #207: March 27, 2023

Emma BaccellieriThis week’s guest is Emma Baccellieri, a staff writer at Sports Illustrated since 2018 and a two-time recipient of the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award. She was honored in 2022 for her article on deadening the baseball and in 2018 for her exploration of MLB Statcast at Deadspin. Her recent work includes stories on the World Baseball Classic, how to keep score with baseball’s new rules changes, and the dying art of the knuckleball. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a history degree. She was a guest on SABRcast #182 in October 2022.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Out of the Park Baseball 24 screenshot

“Out of the Park Baseball: How a German programmer created the deepest baseball sim ever made”
By Cody Stavenhagen, The Athletic

“One thing that has separated Markus Heinsohn’s product from similar games is the fact OOTP has followed along on the cutting edge of baseball’s statistical evolution. Player dashboards now feature both conventional and advanced stats. The intricacies of modern player acquisition can be reflected in the game. Although OOTP doesn’t yet use Statcast data as a real basis for scouting, OOTP at its best is an introduction to baseball analytics. … OOTP’s portrayal of league rules — service time, arbitration, minor-league options and more — are also remarkably detailed and realistic. It all makes for a baseball game that has a steeper learning curve than most of its counterparts. Only in time, though, would Heinsohn and his team learn just how true to life some parts of the game really are.”

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Episode #202: Emma Tiedemann (February 20, 2023)

Episode #201: Clint Hurdle (February 13, 2023)

Episode #200: Lindsay Imber (February 6, 2023)

Episode #199: Jim Joyce (January 30, 2023)

Episode #198: Pat Neshek (January 23, 2023)

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