SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Meredith Wills and Rob Arthur (Episode #4)

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 #4: April 22, 2019

Our guests this week are Meredith Wills, whose articles for The Athletic on changes to the composition of the baseball have helped explain MLB’s recent home-run surge; and Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus, who notes that the “rabbit ball” is causing home runs to skyrocket in Triple-A games this season, as well. Meredith also talks about her original baseball scorebook and her baseball-inspired Etsy designs at Mudville Nine.

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What’s Rob reading this week?

SABR Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2019
SABR’s flagship publication, the Baseball Research Journal, covers a wide range of topics on baseball scholarship, including analysis of Shoeless Joe Jackson’s ever-changing testimony in regards to the Black Sox Scandal, New York’s baseball rivalry on and off the field, a study of MLB’s replay review system, and gender and race in postwar American baseball. Click here to read more articles online from the BRJ.


Archived Episodes

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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