SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Jane Leavy (Episode #26)

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. SABRcast will feature 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 this year’s CASEY Award.


Current Episode

Episode #26: September 23, 2019

Our guest this week is Jane Leavy, author of The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, which won SABR’s Seymour Medal in 2019.  Her previous two baseball books were both New York Times bestsellers, The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood and Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy. She also wrote the comic baseball novel, Squeeze Play, and was an award-winning sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post.

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What’s Rob reading this week?

“High and Tight: The Pace of Play in Triple-A”
By Lucas Apostoleris, Baseball Prospectus

A few weeks ago, Lucas mused on left-handed specialists and their role in major league baseball moving forward, given the expected implementation of the “three-batter-minimum” rule at the game’s highest level next season. While the rule changes would seem to impact the “LOOGYs” more than they would any other specific type of player, that’s simply a byproduct of the real goal of Major League Baseball: increasing the pace of play, which has been a talking point of MLB over the past five years. Clearly, MLB is worried about the prospect of waning fan interest due to a slow on-field product, as commissioner Rob Manfred has made a point to address such concerns. Here’s a brief rundown of the recent steps MLB has taken to try to speed up the game.


Archived Episodes

Episode #25: Steve Hofstetter (September 16, 2019)

Episode #24: Jacob Pomrenke (September 9, 2019)

Episode #23: Ricky Cobb (September 2, 2019)

Episode #22: J.J. Cooper (August 26, 2019)

Episode #21: Aviva Kempner (August 19, 2019)

Episode #20: Paul Dickson (August 12, 2019)

Episode #19: Joe Lemire (August 5, 2019)

Episode #18: Sean Forman (July 29, 2019)

Episode #17: Janet Marie Smith (July 22, 2019)

Episode #16: David W. Smith (July 15, 2019)

Episode #15: Bud Selig (July 8, 2019)

Episode #14: Randy Jones and Mark Sweeney (July 1, 2019)

Episode #13: Hannah Keyser (June 24, 2019)

Episode #12: Scott Bush (June 17, 2019)

Episode #11: Jerry Cohen (June 10, 2019)

Episode #10: Paul Goldberger (June 3, 2019)

Episode #9: Ben Lindbergh (May 27, 2019)

Episode #8: David Cone (May 20, 2019)

Episode #7: Meg Rowley (May 13, 2019)

Episode #6: Jon “Boog” Sciambi (May 6, 2019)

Episode #5: Mark Armour (April 29, 2019)

Episode #4: Meredith Wills and Rob Arthur (April 22, 2019)

Episode #3: Art Chou and Dr. Steven Cadavid (April 15, 2019)

Episode #2: Tyler Kepner (April 8, 2019)

Episode #1: Brian Kenny and Scott Bush (April 1, 2019)



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