SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Mark Rucker (Episode #46)

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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.

 

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Episode #46: February 10, 2020

Mark RuckerThis week’s guest is Mark Rucker, a photographic historian and founder of Transcendental Graphics and The Rucker Archive, which provide access to rare and surprising sports images from the past two centuries. He was co-founder of SABR’s Nineteenth Century Research Committee with John Thorn and has been involved in publishing since the mid-1970s. He served as the Visual Consultant for Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary series and collaborated notably with Peter C. Bjarkman on Smoke: The Romance And Lore Of Cuban Baseball , with David Nemec on The Beer and Whisky League: The Illustrated History of the American Association — Baseball’s Renegade Major League, and to universal critical acclaim with Lawrence Ritter on The Babe: A Life in Pictures. Rucker was the recipient of a SABR Salute in 2001 and the Bob Davids Award in 2010.

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What’s Rob reading this week?

Mookie Betts

“The Mookie Betts Trade Is Unprecedented in Baseball History”
By Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer

The Boston Red Sox ended months of low-level disbelief and bemusement—and incited several news cycles of intense disbelief and bemusement—by following through on their long-rumored intention to trade right fielder Mookie Betts. Boston reportedly sent Betts, along with pitcher David Price and cash, to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-team trade, netting 23-year-old Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and 21-year-old Minnesota Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol in return. (The Dodgers sent pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Twins to seal the deal.) To put it plainly: This swap is unprecedented. No player boasting Betts’s combination of excellence and youth has ever been traded before.

 


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