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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.

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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.

    A's Tony Kemp Talks Offense and Defense, Orioles Broadcaster Melanie Newman on Women in Baseball

    A's Tony Kemp Talks Offense and Defense, Orioles Broadcaster Melanie Newman on Women in Baseball

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) welcomes spring training with 3 guests!
    First, Mark is joined by Oakland Athletics second baseman and outfielder, Tony Kemp (@TonyKemp). Tony talks about how his hitting approach generated higher walk rates (1:09), how a player knows and understands what he can do (2:23), the challenges of playing outfield at Wrigley Field, Minute Maid Park, and Oakland Coliseum (7:00), and his favorite defensive plays, both from college and pro. (8:39)
    He also discusses what happened last year when he put out a call on social media to talk to people during the protests related to George Floyd’s death (12:14), and the work Tony is doing for his movement, The +1 Effect. (14:31)
    Also joining the podcast is Baltimore Orioles radio broadcaster Melanie Newman (@MelanieLynneN), who is entering her second season calling games for the team. Melanie talks about her rapport with broadcast partner Geoff Arnold (20:20), her climb up the baseball broadcast ladder (24:15), the ascension of women and the importance of representation in baseball play-by-play broadcasting and other important MLB roles (31:25), how she simplifies numbers for listeners (38:17), which Orioles pitcher is better than you might think (hint: knuckleballer!) (42:03) and much more!
    Lastly, SABR (@SABR) CEO Scott Bush (@scott_bush) stops by to give us a preview of the SABR Analytics Conference. (45:33)
    Thank you as always for listening, Please rate and review the podcast if you can. You can contact us at mark@sportsinfosolutions.com or @sportsinfo_SIS.

    • 51 min
    Conversing about Coaching with Rachel Balkovec, Minor League Hitting Coach with the Yankees

    Conversing about Coaching with Rachel Balkovec, Minor League Hitting Coach with the Yankees

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Yankees minor league hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (@_rachelbalkovec), who is currently in Australia working as a coach with the Sydney Blue Sox.
    Rachel talks about how she came to be coaching in Australia (1:46). She then addresses the progress that women have made in baseball and other sports and the challenges women face in light of the Mets firing of their GM (5:24).
    Rachel also talks about the way she connects with players (11:21), the hardest thing to coach athletes on (13:36), and what she studied when she worked with Driveline (14:51). She also speaks about her favorite mentoring story (20:43) and provides perspective on how she viewed 2020 (25:12).
    Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. You can also find Rachel at RachelBalkovec.com or on Instagram at @Rachel.Balkovec

    • 29 min
    Byron Buxton On His Well-Rounded Game Plus KBO and NPB Fielding Bible Award Discussion

    Byron Buxton On His Well-Rounded Game Plus KBO and NPB Fielding Bible Award Discussion

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Minnesota Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton (@OfficialBuck103) to talk about everything from his defensive approach, how he changed his swing by watching video, and much more (0:45). Mark also welcomes a group of guests to break down the Fielding Bible award winners from both the KBO and NPB. Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) of the Yonhap News and Ted Baarda of SIS join first to discuss the winners from the KBO (24:19), and John Gibson (@JBWPodcast) of JapaneseBaseball.com and the Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast finishes the show with a look at the winners from the NPB (48:24).
    You can read more about the Fielding Bible award winners at actasports.com/statoftheweek. Don't forget to rate and review, happy holidays, and stay safe.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Josh Rawitch on Kim Ng’s Historic Hiring; Trevor Plouffe on MLB Free Agents

    Josh Rawitch on Kim Ng’s Historic Hiring; Trevor Plouffe on MLB Free Agents

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, we begin by discussing the historic hiring of Kim Ng as the Marlins GM with Josh Rawitch (@joshrawitch), the Diamondbacks senior VP of content and communications. Josh and Kim worked together when both were with the Dodgers, and Kim gave Josh a shout-out at her press conference. Josh shares stories about working with her and describes the traits that he thinks will make her a great general manager, including her knowledge base and demeanor (1:47). We’ll be talking more about Kim and women in baseball in greater depth later this offseason.
    We are also joined by Jomboy Media baseball analyst, Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe), who played third base for nine MLB seasons (2010 to 2018) (9:59). Trevor helps us preview the free agent market. He gives insights on what it’s like to hit against Trevor Bauer and offers a thought on why Bauer’s success could have staying power (14:31). He also evaluates George Springer, J.T. Realmuto, DJ LeMahieu, and Marcell Ozuna (17:59), along with the crowded market for No. 3 starting pitchers and closers (32:51). Along the way, he discusses things to keep in mind, like which hitters bring value for their long at-bats and which teammates work with players to make them better.
    Lastly, we ask Trevor about what it’s like to be a first-round pick and about the challenges that come with being in that spot (36:09).
    Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

    • 40 min
    Bill James on the 2021 Bill James Handbook and Fielding Bible Award Winners

    Bill James on the 2021 Bill James Handbook and Fielding Bible Award Winners

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by the godfather of baseball sabermetrics, Bill James (@billjamesonline) to discuss The 2021 Bill James Handbook.
    Bill talks about the articles he wrote and the studies he did, including: Game Score for Batters, a companion stat to Bill’s popular Game Score for pitchers that is available on ESPN.com and Baseball-Reference (4:39); A look at Hall-of-Famers by team – which teams are most overrepresented in the Hall of Fame and which are most underrepresented (7:40); the Hall of Fame Monitor, which evaluates the likelihood of a player getting in the Hall of Fame (11:31), and Career Targets (also known as The Favorite Toy) which establishes the percentage chance a player has of reaching a milestone (13:44).
    Bill also talks about an article he wrote for Bill James Online on the quality of MVP classes (15:53), shares a stat that he wished caught on more (19:36), and speaks about the all-around excellence of Mookie Betts (24:53).
    Mark closes the show with an announcement of the winners of the 2020 Fielding Bible Awards (26:57).
    Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

    • 32 min
    Doug Glanville and Eno Sarris on intricacies of the Outfield & World Series Numbers

    Doug Glanville and Eno Sarris on intricacies of the Outfield & World Series Numbers

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) talks to Doug Glanville (@dougglanville) of ESPN and his baseball-writing colleague at The Athletic, Eno Sarris (@enosarris).
    Doug breaks down what goes into making the catches that were made during the postseason, whether it was the home run robberies by Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, or the tumbling catch by Manuel Margot (3:39). He explains how Mookie Betts is getting better (6:51) and discusses differences in outfield play from when he played to now (13:19). And for fun, we close the segment by talking analytics with Doug – the analytics of great French toast (16:51).
    Eno gives us the state of the Rays and Dodgers heading into the World Series (22:23), talks strikeout percentages and high fastballs (24:24), and picks which player most impressed him (29:27). He also predicts who will win the World Series and how long it will take – both in games and in hours (31:05).
    For more on defensive play in this year’s World Series, check out our preview article at the SIS Blog.
    Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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!

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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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