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 #222: July 10, 2023

Alain UsereauThis week’s guest is Alain Usereau, a longtime SABR member and author of The Expos in Their Prime: The Short-Lived Glory of Montreal’s Team, 1977–1984. He has been a French-language broadcaster with the Montreal-based Réseau des Sports (RDS) since 2011, calling MLB baseball and four Olympic Games, along with hockey, curling, golf, and many other sports. He is a three-time winner of the SABR Trivia Contest at the annual convention.

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What’s Rob Reading?

Hardscrabble Diamonds: Postwar Baseball in New England and the Maritimes, 1945–1960, by Colin HowellHardscrabble Diamonds: Postwar Baseball in New England and the Maritimes, 1945–1960
By Colin Howell

“Part history, part memoir, part statistical analysis, this book tells the remarkable and largely forgotten story of how the baseball hotbed of Canada’s northeastern Maritime provinces evolved into “NCAA North” during the 1940s and 1950s. A summer training ground for players from leading U.S. college programs, the region attracted talented players seeking higher salaries than they could get in the American minor league system. Major league organizations came to scout blue-chip prospects. In this competitive environment, only the best were able to crack the rosters of town teams in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. A Quality of Competition Index for various northeast leagues provides major league equivalencies for selected players.”

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