SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer. SABRcast features 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 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 the 2019 CASEY Award.

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Current Episode

Episode #91: December 21, 2020

Gary AshwillThis week’s guest is Gary Ashwill, co-founder of the Seamheads.com’s Negro Leagues Database, a comprehensive statistical record of Black baseball dating back to the late 19th century. The database won a SABR Baseball Research Award in 2012. Ashwill writes regularly on the Negro Leagues, minor leagues, and Cuban baseball at his Agate Type blog. He was a contributor to the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group (NLRAG) established by Major League Baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

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What’s Rob Reading?

1936 Pittsburgh Crawfords

MLB can add Negro Leagues to official records but can never change what it did to Black players
By Howard Bryant, ESPN.com

“Adding Negro League statistics to baseball’s official record in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues’ founding appeared to be a positive step toward racial justice, and indeed was motivated by the politics and climate of 2020. The decision was met with great applause, but in addition to being reconciliatory, it was also a spectacular display of historical distortion and institutional arrogance. Baseball has now decided that the threadbare, survivalist Negro Leagues — plural because there were so many Black leagues between 1920 and 1948, often unconnected to one another — are now the honored, rehabilitated equivalent of the National and American Leagues.”

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