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Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for ESPN.com, SB Nation, and FoxSports.com. 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.
Episode #29: October 14, 2019
Our guest this week is Dwight Jaynes, a longtime sports columnist and reporter in Portland, Oregon, and one of the leading advocates to bring Major League Baseball to Portland. Since 2011, he has been the Trail Blazers Insider for NBC Sports Northwest. Previously, he co-hosted a morning radio show on KXTG The Game and was president of the Portland Tribune. He has co-authored two books on basketball, The Long Hot Winter with former Blazers coach Rick Adelman, and Against the World with journalist Kerry Eggers.
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What’s Rob reading this week?
“Major League Baseball has lost public trust over the construction of its baseballs”
By Evan Drellich, The Athletic
It’s easier for much of the public to believe that MLB masterminded a plot to juice its baseball with precision and foresight, rather than believe the league bumbled something. Easier to believe in covert genius than obvious failure. Either way, the league appears to have lost significant public trust over the construction of its baseballs. The commissioner’s office is well aware of the reception that awaits statements like the following, a response to an analysis at Baseball Prospectus which found that the postseason ball appears de-juiced.
- Also reading: Hannah Keyser: “In ALCS clash, Justin Verlander says the fluctuating baseball ‘dictates the game’ “ (Yahoo! Sports)
- Also reading: Ben Lindbergh: “MLB Says It Didn’t De-juice the Ball. So Where Have All the Homers Gone?” (The Ringer)
- Read more: Click here to check out Rob’s full list of book recommendations on Goodreads.com
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