90 episodes

The R&D team at Sports Info Solutions is joined by special guests to discuss notable topics related to baseball analytics and defensive excellence. Hosted by Mark Simon.

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The R&D team at Sports Info Solutions is joined by special guests to discuss notable topics related to baseball analytics and defensive excellence. Hosted by Mark Simon.

    Padres Success, Custom Bats, Standout Shortstops with Tony Gwynn Jr. and Bobby Scales

    Padres Success, Custom Bats, Standout Shortstops with Tony Gwynn Jr. and Bobby Scales

    On this episode, we're joined by Padres broadcaster and Big Time Baseball podcast co-host Tony Gwynn Jr. and SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales.
    We talk with Tony about the role the Padres defense has played in their success this season, how Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado have figured out how to hit in the 2022 baseball environs, why Harrison Bader is his favorite defensive player to watch, and why Tony had considerable success vs Max Scherzer. (0:45)
    Bobby discusses Hunter Greene's electric stuff, early struggles, and no-hit bid, why custom-fitted bats are so important for a hitter, and his relationship with the MLB leader in Defensive Runs Saved. (16:00)
    You'll also learn about some shortstops whose names you may not know- but you should.
    Thanks for tuning in. You can send feedback to Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com. Please rate and review us if you can.

    • 33 min
    Defense is Fun with Brett Phillips; Plus Ryan Spilborghs & Bobby Scales Dig Deep on 2022 MLB

    Defense is Fun with Brett Phillips; Plus Ryan Spilborghs & Bobby Scales Dig Deep on 2022 MLB

    This episode has a little bit of everything!
    We talk to our April Defensive Player of the Month Brett Phillips (@Brett_Phillips8) of the Rays about everything that makes playing defense fun - and what makes him so good at it. He walked us through plays (both good and bad), talked about his glove, and gave the answer to what he'd tell a kid who wanted to play defense (and dance) like he does. (0:36)
    We then went around the majors with Ryan Spilborghs (@spillygoat19) of Root Sports Colorado and MLB Network radio. Ryan talked about the challenge of trying to hit in 2022, players and teams that intrigued him the most through a month and picked a "smartest player in baseball." (25:54).
    And then we dug a little deeper with SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales (@bobby_scales), discussing how infield shifts change how you coach baserunning, what we might see in a post-shifting world, and why Jason Krizan and Chris Coste are some of his favorite baseball stories. (41:52)
    Thank you for listening as always. Feel free to share your thoughts on the show by e-mailing mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 52 min
    Explaining Different Front Office Jobs with SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales

    Explaining Different Front Office Jobs with SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales

    On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by new SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales. If the name sounds familiar, it should. Bobby played 2 seasons with the Cubs and worked in the front offices of the Pirates and the Angels.
    Bobby reminisces about his long pro career, which included 10 years in Triple-A and 2 years in Japan, telling stories of memorable moments and people (he thought he was being pranked after hitting his first home run … but a surprise awaited) (2:37). He also breaks down the duties and skills needed in the different front office jobs in which he worked – which include Director of Player Development, Special Assistant to the General Manager, and Field Coordinator (15:15). And he talks about something he’s passionate about – getting more Black men and women working in baseball front offices (30:45).
    Thank you for listening. Please send any feedback on the podcast to Mark@SportsInfoSolutions.com

    • 38 min
    Previewing The Season with Ken Rosenthal and Braves Coach Eric Young Sr.

    Previewing The Season with Ken Rosenthal and Braves Coach Eric Young Sr.

    On our 2022 MLB season debut we welcome Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports and The Athletic and Braves 1B coach Eric Young Sr.

    Mark poses 10 questions to Ken, ranging from which team has the greatest potential variance in performance, sleeper Cy Young and MVP picks (people who never got a vote for that award) to the best defensive teams, to how rule changes are going to impact the game, and much more (0:48).

    Eric Young explains what goes into coaching the Braves outfield and baserunners, how he uses data in his job, and the most important thing to know about being a first base coach is (14:34).

    Thank you for listening. Please rate and review and send any feedback to Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com

    • 30 min
    Spotlight on Women & Baseball: Veronica Alvarez, Tess Taruskin, Sarah Thompson

    Spotlight on Women & Baseball: Veronica Alvarez, Tess Taruskin, Sarah Thompson

    In our second annual Women & Baseball episode, Mark Simon is joined by A’s minor league catching coach Veronica Alvarez (@veronicaoalvarez), FanGraphs prospects writer Tess Taruskin (@tesstass), and SIS research analyst Sarah Thompson (@sarah_stats).
    Veronica talks about her work with the A’s and as head coach for Team USA in women’s baseball. She explains how she works with prospects and what she values when it comes to different areas of catching. She also speaks to the rise of women coaches in MLB and the minor leagues (0:35).
    Tess Taruskin talks prospects – from Bobby Witt and Julio Rodriguez to the many catchers whom FanGraphs rates highly. She also talks about the challenges of projecting a player’s defensive performance and offers advice on breaking into prospect writing (16:10).
    Sarah discusses her recent presentation at the SABR Analytics coaches, a study of third base coach aggressiveness and effectiveness. She cites specific examples of teams and players who stood out in those regards (35:01).
    March is Women’s History Month and we’re happy to put a spotlight on women doing good work in the sport. Thank you for listening as always.

    • 43 min
    Working in Baseball: Josh Ruffin & Jasmine Dunston

    Working in Baseball: Josh Ruffin & Jasmine Dunston

    It’s Black History Month and for this episode, we talked to two people positively shaping the future of Black History in baseball: Twins manager of player development research Josh Ruffin and White Sox director of minor league operations, Jasmine Dunston.
    Josh is an SIS alum now working in baseball analytics. He talks about his career path, what he did for the Twins as an advance scouting analyst, and his new role analyzing the skills of the Twins minor league players (0:28).
    Jasmine talks about her new position with the White Sox, explains what a director of minor league operations does, and her career and educational background. She also talks about the influence of both her mom and her dad (former MLB shortstop and coach Shawon Dunston) on her career (23:29).
    Both Josh and Jasmine also speak about the lack of Black men and women in their fields and offered guidance to anyone looking to pursue a baseball operations career.
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    MLB is seeking qualified candidates from underrepresented backgrounds interested in careers in baseball operations to participate in the SABR Analytics conference March 17-20 with MLB covering the conference costs.
    Undergrads, grads, and recent grads are eligible.
    For more information and to apply, click this link and if you’re interested in working for SIS (like Josh), check out our careers page.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

thewhiteshadow34 ,

Great podcast!

I’ve enjoyed Mark’s work since his ESPN days and was thrilled to see his new podcast. Always interesting, enjoyable topics, and great guests!

jorgediablo ,

Ron Washington

That interview with Ron was awesome! Such a pro and very insightful on the work that a coach does.

bballbachelor ,

Great Listen! Highly Recommend!

If you love baseball analytics(particularly defense)then this podcast tops any other. Great guests and informative. Host Mark Simon provides a great platform for all baseball fans to increase their knowledge in analytics. His line of questioning to all guests allow for detailed and thorough responses.

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