SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Jacob Pomrenke (Episode #24)

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Episode #24: September 9, 2019

Our guest this week is Jacob Pomrenke, SABR’s Director of Editorial Content, chair of the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee, and editor of Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox. Later this month, the committee is hosting the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fixed 1919 World Series and shine a light on baseball’s “darkest hour.” The committee also produced the Eight Myths Out project to debunk many common misconceptions about the Black Sox Scandal. Jacob has been a SABR member since 1998 and written articles for the Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime, the BioProject, Games Project, and other publications.

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What’s Rob reading this week?

“Shifts in approach aid historic turnaround for sure-handed Cardinals”
By Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

When Cardinals manager Mike Shildt came out to take the ball from the pitcher he also had something to give the fielders. In the palm of his hand was a token of what could be a historic turnaround. For the past few weeks, Cardinals infielders have carried onto the field small, laminated cards that direct where to position themselves and when for each opposing hitter. Call them a Pocket Oquendo. These new cards, which look like slender Monopoly property cards, have a splash of color and use a number system to suggest how far to shift, if at all.


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