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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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    • 4.9, 17 Ratings

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.

    Ex-Major Leaguer Brandon Guyer Moves Into Mentoring

    Ex-Major Leaguer Brandon Guyer Moves Into Mentoring

    On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Brandon Guyer ( @BrandonGuyer ( https://twitter.com/BrandonGuyer ) ), who just retired after an 8-year, 500+-game MLB career in which he was known for his ability to hit left-handed pitching and his penchant for being hit by a pitch. Guyer (with the help of his wife) has just written an 80-page book, The Fully Equipped Athlete and started a new business to mentor aspiring athletes ( fullyequippedathlete.com ( https://fullyequippedathlete.com/ ) ). We often talk on this podcast about the statistical and physical side of the game. Brandon talks about giving athletes the mental foundation to succeed.

    Guyer discusses what went into his retirement decision, how he looks back on his career, getting hit by pitches, and hitting lefties so well (1:13). He then walks us through 2 plate appearances from Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and what allowed him to come through them successfully (7:39). From there, the conversation shifts to the book, what it was like to put everything he learned on paper, why humility was his top point of emphasis, his friendship with a diverse group of players such as Chris Archer and Yan Gomes, and whose words are most impactful to him (11:43). He also talks about learning proper breath control and meditation and how that allowed him to maximize his talents (22:08). Lastly he talks about his overall goals for the future as he makes the transition to dad/businessman (26:55).

    Thanks for tuning in. Don’t forget to rate and review us. Stay safe and stay well.

    • 30 min
    Reporters Roundtable on Coronavirus and Social Justice Issues in MLB

    Reporters Roundtable on Coronavirus and Social Justice Issues in MLB

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon ( @MarkASimonSays ( https://twitter.com/MarkASimonSays ) ) is joined by Thomas Harding ( @harding_at_mlb ( https://twitter.com/harding_at_mlb ) ), Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, Alex Speier ( @alexspeier ( https://twitter.com/alexspeier ) ), who covers the Red Sox and MLB for the Boston Globe and Alex Coffey ( @byalexcoffey ( https://twitter.com/byalexcoffey ) ), who covers the Athletics for The Athletic.

    Almost every other episode of this podcast deals with statistical subjects or looks at the “how-to” of defensive play. There will hopefully be a time and place for that in the future. This episode is a little different.

    This episode focuses on 2 subjects:

    1) How teams and players are dealing with Coronavirus-related issues.

    2) How players, teams and MLB are responding to social justice concerns

    Thank you as always for listening. Stay healthy and stay safe.

    *More information:*

    Read Thomas Harding’s coverage at MLB.com ( http://MLB.com/rockies )

    Red Alex Speier’s coverage at BostonGlobe.com ( https://www3.bostonglobe.com/staff/speier )

    Read Alex Coffey’s coverage at TheAthletic.com ( https://theathletic.com/author/alex-coffey/ )

    • 40 min
    KBO Superstar Mel Rojas Jr on Hitting the Ball Hard

    KBO Superstar Mel Rojas Jr on Hitting the Ball Hard

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon ( @MarkASimonSays ( https://twitter.com/MarkASimonSays ) ) is joined by KT Wiz outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. ( @melrojasjr ( https://twitter.com/melrojasjr ) ), arguably the best hitter in the KBO and the league’s leader in hard-hit rate. If Mel’s name sounds familiar, it should – his father pitched 10 seasons in the majors including a strong run as the closer for the Expos. Mel talks about his family’s baseball history, which includes the Alou family, and explains why he’s a hitter and not a pitcher (1:11). He talks about what the season has been like and how improved plate coverage has led to more success (3:31). He also explains what it takes to hit or lay off a nasty forkball and how his family’s history may have come in handy regarding his knowledge of that pitch (7:03).

    Mel also discusses his defense and playing/living in Korea (10:40) and what it has been like to play without fans and how KBO fans are highly positive, even when their players are in slumps (16:30). He also explains why he chose to come to the KBO and why he chose to stay (17:38). He picks out some of the league’s other top players and references one who should be a future MLB prospect (20:00). Lastly, he offers advice for anyone considering playing in the KBO (22:23).

    • 26 min
    SIS Enters The Basketball Business

    SIS Enters The Basketball Business

    On this special edition episode, Mark Simon is joined by Sports Info Solutions Director of Basketball, Jake Loos. SIS recently announced that it would be entering the basketball business. Jake, the former director of basketball analytics and technology for the Phoenix Suns will head up our operation. Jake talks about his background, which includes an MBA from MIT and what he loves about basketball and statistics (1:12). He then details the challenges of basketball analytics and trying to explain it to non-analytically inclined fans (7:26). He also explains what SIS will be doing with basketball data and the challenges of trying to do the kind of player evaluation he wants to do (11:18). He also talks about why Joe Ingles of the Jazz is one of his favorite players (20:24), why Stephen Curry and Dwyane Wade’s stats are his favorite (22:24), and gives advice both on how to watch the game smarter (25:48) and how to pursue a career in basketball analytics (26:48).

    Back to our usual programming later this week. Thanks for tuning in!

    • 30 min
    Let’s Talk about Japanese Baseball

    Let’s Talk about Japanese Baseball

    We know that MLB is back and we’ll talk about that plenty in the next few weeks. This week on the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon ( @MarkASimonSays ( https://twitter.com/MarkASimonSays ) ) is joined by Japanese baseball writer, statistician and historian Jim Allen ( @JballAllen ( https://twitter.com/JballAllen ) ) of JballAllen.com ( https://jballallen.com/ ) to talk about Nippon Professional Baseball (the NPB). Jim explains his background and talks about how Japan was able to work to a 120-game season (1:47), and he also explains how the top storylines this season have been overshadowed by Coronavirus (5:49). He discusses how team pitching plans have changed and top starters are already going deep into games (7:34). Jim also explains the expectations for ex-MLB players Adam Jones and Justin Bour, the latter of whom has drawn comparisons to an all-time Japanese great (9:39). The two then talk about defense and the emphasis that Japanese players put into defense compared versus how much attention defense gets in highlights (14:36). Jim also gives insight into the game’s top defensive players, including standout shortstop Sosuke Genda (16:44). He also points out aspects of defense that Japanese players do better than MLB players (22:58). His choice for the coolest thing to watch about Japanese baseball might surprise you (25:33).

    Stay healthy and stay safe. Thank you as always for listening. Please rate and review us if you can.

    • 30 min
    Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo on Draft Defensive Standouts

    Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo on Draft Defensive Standouts

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon ( @MarkASimonSays ( https://twitter.com/MarkASimonSays ) ) is joined by Baseball America writer Carlos Collazo ( @CarlosACollazo ( https://twitter.com/CarlosACollazo ) ) to talk about last week’s MLB Draft and how different players rate from a defensive perspective. First, they discuss the preparation heading into the draft and the challenges of trying to evaluate a player’s defense at the amateur level (1:17). Then, Carlos gives a scouting report on Mets draftee Pete Crow-Armstrong, ranging from his defense to his makeup (5:20).

    They also discuss No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson and whether he was well equipped to make the move to third base (9:15). Next, Carlos shares his thoughts on Austin Martin to the Blue Jays and the idea of whether a player being versatile at the collegiate level was a good thing (11:16). Then, he talks about the top defensive prospect among infielders, Cubs draftee Ed Howard, and what makes him so promising as a fielder (14:11). One of Carlos’ favorite players in the draft was Garrett Mitchell, who went to the Brewers, and he explains why Mitchell rates so well (16:33). Then he talks about two catchers he likes a lot – Patrick Bailey of the Giants and Drew Romo of the Rockies (19:05).

    Lastly, he provides a lengthy list of players who rate well in various analytic measurements, whether they be offense or pitching-based (23:51).

    Check out Carlos and his work at baseballamerica.com ( https://www.baseballamerica.com/about-ba/authors/carlos-collazo/ ). Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe, and don’t forget to rate and review the show!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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