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Kendall Guillemette and Harry Pavlidis discuss baseball statistics, as well as look for the stories and people behind the stats.
||ExplicitEpisode 35: New MLB Rules with Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal||We talked with Jared Diamond about recent MLB rules changes. Specifically related to one of our favorite subjects, two-way players. We address how teams will have to designate players as, pitchers, hitters, or two-way and what effect those rules will ha||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Projection Roundtable with the creators of ZiPS, Steamer, THE BAT and Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA||We chatted with the creators and maintainers of four major projection systems, ZiPS (Dan Szymborski), Steamer (Jared Cross), THE BAT (Derek Carty) and Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA (Harry Pavlidis) about how their systems are created, how the past is used||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: PECOTA 2019 with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown||Deep dive into DRC+ and PECOTA with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown of Baseball Prospectus.||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: How big can this Hall get?||Shohei Ohtani revisited, baseball Hall of Fame bar lowering and how it affects who gets in, lining up optimal player development and what happens when you launch a new statistic.||12/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31: Changing Pitchers, Changing Players, Changing Owners||Harry and Kendall talk about the quantifying The Opener phenomenon, Bill James' comments about replacing players, trying to figure out if regular baseball fans could visibly tell the difference between top MLB talent and replacement level talent. Then c||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: In the playoffs (and always) pitching and catching are important||In the playoffs (and always) pitching and catching are important||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Building a Baseball Team for the Playoffs and the Future||We talk about how you build a baseball team for the playoffs and the future. It’s good to talk about baseball. Enjoy the playoffs.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Women's Baseball World Cup and the Rise of the 100 MPH Pitcher||Harry and Kendall talk about the Women's Baseball World Cup, then look at how the number of 🔥high velocity🔥pitchers has increased over the last 10 years. They wrap up with a discussion of how bullpen usage affects lineups and how it might affect y||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Bringing numbers to the booth with Jason Benetti||We visit with Jason Benetti, television play by play announcer for the Chicago White Sox. We talk with him about his start in the business, taking over for a broadcasting legend, how he integrates Steve Stone's first hand knowledge, with the plethora of||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: It seems the seam material has a material impact with Dr. Meredith Wills||Talking about the materials that make up a baseball with Dr. Meredith Wills. We also revisit two-way players, dig into defensive metrics and why they're difficult, and are reminded that everything old is new again.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Sergio Romo is The Opener with R.J. Anderson||R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports came on to talk with us about the Rays recent usage of Sergio Romo as a starting pitcher. We talk about whether this concept will continue and if there may be other teams willing to try it out. We also talk with Anthony Resca||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Report of the Committee Studying Home Run Rates in Major League Baseball||We discuss the Report of the Committee Studying Home Run Rates in Major League Baseball released on May 24, 2018. We talk with committee chair Dr. Alan Nathan, and committee member Dr. Dan Brooks as well as radar and target tracking research engineer, D||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Evaluating Baseball Statistics with Sam Miller of ESPN||Sam Miller joined us to talk about his recent article about evaluating Statcast's new Pop Time metric. Surprising exactly no one, we also talk about Shohei Ohtani, again. And take a look at Robinson Cańo's Hall of Fame candidacy.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Baseball is Back||Baseball is back and we're all so glad.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Spin Rates and Designing Pitches with Jeff Long||2:32 Revisiting PECOTA team projections 10:44 Announce winners of The Shift by Russell A. Carleton giveaway 14:40 Spin Rates and Pitch Design with Jeff Long 1:08:45 More juiced ball talk (h/t Rob Arthur)||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Park Factors and Pitch Design||When we talk about park adjusted stats, and park factors, what does all of that mean? How do we arrive at those numbers and how do we account for changes over time? We also talk about "pitch design" and how that combines analytical data and player devel||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Making PECOTA with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown||We talk with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown, who oversee Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections to get some more insight into how the projections are made, what's new this year, and of course hip hop.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: These Are Not the Robot Umpires You're Looking For||We talk to Jeff Long, Sean O'Rourke, Wayne Boyle, and Russell Carleton about their recent Pitching Week article about the Robot Strikezone and Robot Umpires.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Inning(s) Eaters and Aces||Stolen Signs is back. Harry and Kendall talk about the slow offseason, collusion and ideas on how to change the economics of baseball. After a short break (14:05) they discuss new research by Duke University that looks into neurological and motor skills||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Twas the Episode Before Christmas||We touch on many issues of the day as we wrap up 2017 in style. [3:10] - Marlins firesale fallout [17:05] - Bob Bowman forced out at MLBAM [23:38] - Shohei Ohtani ZIPS, Steamer and PECOTA projections [35:20] - Long form movement article from Jeff Long||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Shohei Otani and Japanese Baseball with Ben Lindbergh and Kaz Yamazaki||We talk with Ben Lindbergh and Kaz Yamazaki about the NPB posting system, differences between the mounds, balls, culture of MLB and NPB and dig a little deeper into some of the myths about Japanese pitchers coming over to MLB. We also look into the curr||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Wins Above Replacement discussion with Sean Forman (bWAR), David Cameron (fWAR), Greg Matthews (openWAR), Rob McQuown and Jonathan Judge (WARP)||We welcome Sean Forman from Baseball Reference, David Cameron from FanGraphs, Greg Matthews from openWAR, Rob McQuown and Jonathan Judge from Baseball Prospectus to the show. With all the recent discussion about Wins Above Replacement statistics, we wa||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Making Sausage and Catching Up||Harry and Kendall look back at the World Series, discuss the Cy Young awards and the BBWAA vote has lined up with BP's pitching metrics over the past few years. Next up is a preview of some new pitching statistics that the Baseball Prospectus stats te||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Unusual Paths to the Rotation and Everything Old is New Again with Jarrett Seidler||This week Harry and Kendall talk to Jarrett Seidler from the Baseball Prospectus Prospects team about the cyclical nature of baseball in general, and analytics specifically. Harry and Kendall also take a closer look at how pitchers end up in their eve||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Looking back at PECOTA||We start by talking about projection systems in general, then dive into 2017 PECOTA team projections. We look to see how adding in actual playing time affects the team totals. Then we talk about individual players that out-performed and under-performed||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Playoff Formats and Rosters w/ Rob Arthur, Ben Diamond, Greg Matthews, and Travis Sawchik||We sat down with Rob Arthur, Ben Diamond, Greg Matthews, and Travis Sawchik to talk about the MLB playoffs. We touched on playoff formats (past, present, and future?) and then moved on to talk about roster construction and optimization for the playoffs.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Pitcher Similarity Scores||This week Harry and Kendall discuss pitcher similarity scores. Where did they come from? What are they? What can they be used for? And what might they evolve into.||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: The Rise of the Two-Way Player||With the news of Shohei Ohtani's imminent posting from the NPB, this episode we talk with Sung Min Kim from the Sporting News about the posting system as well a||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Baseball and Psychology with Dan Brooks and Russell Carleton||This week Harry and Kendall welcome Dan Brooks from Brooks Baseball and Russell Carleton from Baseball Prospectus. We talk with Dan and Russell about how baseba||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Sabermetrics Timeline||Harry Pavlidis and Kendall Guillemette go through a rough outline of the history of sabermetrics.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Stats and Storytellers with Jonah Keri||This is the first in a new recurring series called Stats and Storytellers. We're excited to welcome Jonah Keri as our first guest.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Not Just Academic: Rob Arthur and Jim Albert on the Hot Hand||This week we talked to Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight and Jim Albert, professor of mathematics and statistics at Bowling Green State University about Rob's artic||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: DIPs, FIP, DRA and You||We briefly recap SaberSeminar 2017, answer a listener email about how to learn more about baseball stats, and we have a discussion about pitching metrics w/ Jon||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Welcome to the Stolen Signs Podcast||This is episode 1 of the Stolen Signs podcast, a new podcast from the stats team at Baseball Prospectus.||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
It’s what goes unsaid.
The anti-sabermetric community would do itself a great service by listening to Harry and Kendall’s podcast. It isn’t glossy. It isn’t delivered with a condescending tone. It really shatters the stereotype of quants as intellectual elites whose interest in baseball consists of jerking off to equations. Great job, guys. Keep being yourselves.
Really enjoy the over of the process.
Great learning material
Listening to this podcast has been very helpful in starting to learn about baseball analysis through debate from those in the practice and by giving useful guidance on where even more information is available. They do an amazing job shedding light on what is currently being worked on and future frontiers. Great job, and looking forward to more insightful conversation!