103 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.

    2022 NPB and KBO Fielding Bible Awards

    2022 NPB and KBO Fielding Bible Awards

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon is joined by John Gibson, Ted Baarda, and Bobby Scales to review the 2022 NPB and KBO Fielding Bible Awards.
    John goes through the NPB winners, explaining what made certain players so good defensively (0:34). Bobby talks about what it’s like to play in Japan and how defense is taught (14:08). Ted discusses the KBO winners and also talks about a few of the prominent free agents from NPB (22:43).
    Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 34 min
    Jose Trevino and Ian Happ on winning Gold Gloves

    Jose Trevino and Ian Happ on winning Gold Gloves

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, we’re joined by two of MLB’s top defensive players, Platinum Glove (and Fielding Bible Award winning) Yankees catcher Jose Trevino and Gold Glove-winning (and Fielding Bible runner-up) Cubs left fielder Ian Happ.
    Jose talks about the art and skill required to frame pitches, how he gets acquainted with a pitching staff, and why he’s passionate about keeping human umpires behind the plate (0:29).
    Ian discusses the challenges of playing at Wrigley Field, why he was so aggressive at sliding, diving, and jumping this season, and how the Cubs used collaboration between the computers and the humans to refine their outfield positioning data (14:55).
    Then, Mark is joined by SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales who talks about catching as an art, his own experiences at Wrigley Field, and what he’s most looking forward to for baseball in 2023 (32:31).
    Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 45 min
    The 2022 Fielding Bible Awards

    The 2022 Fielding Bible Awards

    On this episode, Mark Simon and Bobby Scales review the winners of The 2022 Fielding Bible Awards. You’ll also hear from some of the winners that we spoke to during the season, including Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker, Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers, and Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan.
    Plus new interviews with Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman and Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo.
    Congratulations to all the winners!
     Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 45 min
    The 9 Biggest Surprises of the 2022 Season

    The 9 Biggest Surprises of the 2022 Season

    On this episode, Mark Simon, New York Times national baseball writer Tyler Kepner and SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales discuss the biggest surprises of the 2022 season.
    They include the accomplishments of Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols (yes, Judge was to some extent a surprise), Andrés Giménez and the Guardians, and many more (0:53).
    Tyler also talks about his new book, The Grandest Stage, a history of the World Series (35:37).
    Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 42 min
    How The Dodgers Do What They Do w/ José Mota; Standout Defender Jake Alu

    How The Dodgers Do What They Do w/ José Mota; Standout Defender Jake Alu

    On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) talks to ...
    Dodgers broadcaster José Mota (@josemota05) about how the Dodgers have made the most out of players like Trayce Thompson, Tony Gonsolin and Evan Phillips, and how they've excelled on defense. He also shared stories of his father's relationship with Roberto Clemente and talked about the game's young Hispanic stars (1:12).
    Washington Nationals infield prospect Jake Alu (@jakealu1 on Tiktok), who leads all minor league third basemen in Defensive Runs Saved, and who has made major strides in his offensive game. You might see him in MLB in 2023. (18:58)
    And SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales (@bobby_scales) on the greatness of Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols (33:16).
    Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com.

    • 45 min
    Diamondbacks 1B Christian Walker on Stellar Defense By And Against Him (Plus Much More)

    Diamondbacks 1B Christian Walker on Stellar Defense By And Against Him (Plus Much More)

    On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker.
    Christian talks about what’s gone into his dominant defensive season and an unusual offensive season in which he was repeatedly hitting the ball hard both into shifts and into great defensive plays. He’s back on track for good numbers now (1:07).
    We’ll also hear from our Video Scout, Alex Eisert (@Mind_OverBatter), about 2 statistical studies he did with SIS data – one on checked swings and another on meatball pitches (16:38).
    And then we’re joined by SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales and Operations Assistant Brandon Tew (@BrandonTeweets). The theme of their talk is “Grade 80 Watchability” as they did in-depth scouting on Japanese slugger Munetaka Murakami, along with Shohei Ohtani, Edwin Diaz, and Spencer Strider (22:54).
    You can read Brandon’s article on Murakami here.
    Thanks as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @sis_baseball and read our work at SportsInfoSolutions.com. You can e-mail us at Mark@sportsinfosolutions.com

    • 44 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.

aaron1402 ,

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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