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 #208: April 3, 2023

Edwin Rodríguez ( week’s guest is Edwin Rodríguez, who managed Puerto Rico to the championship game in both the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics. In 2010, he became the first Puerto Rican-born manager in National League history when he was hired by the Florida Marlins. He was an infielder for parts of three seasons with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres from 1982 to 1985 before moving on to a long career as a coach, manager, and scout in several organizations. He also served as executive director of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School in Gurabo.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Clipping of a newspaper article from April 27, 1963, showing Kenny Blackman, general manager of the Quad City Angels, looking over an electronic pitch timer installed on the right field light tower in Muny Stadium in Davenport, Iowa. “The Forgotten History of MLB’s Pitch Clock”
By Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer

“When the MLB regular season starts on Thursday, baseball won’t look like its old self. If you’ve watched spring training or seen the league’s rule-centric marketing campaign, you know what’s in store: restrictions on defensive positioning; restrictions on pitcher step-offs and pickoff attempts; slightly bigger bases; and a pitch clock that counts down from 15 seconds with the bases empty and 20 seconds with runners on. … A limit on the time between pitches has been on the books almost since time immemorial—1901, to be specific. That year, the National League (followed in short order by the brand-new American League) adopted this mandate: “The umpire shall call a ball on the pitcher each time he delays the game by failing to deliver the ball to the batsman for a longer period than 20 seconds.”

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