Kendall Guillemette and Harry Pavlidis discuss baseball statistics, as well as look for the stories and people behind the stats.
Episode 36: Dingers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and ARod
We talk about the Great Home Run Surge of 2019, the Rabbit Ball, Slippier in the Air Ball, the call up of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Alex Rodriguez on YouTube.
Moonshot: The Baseball Is Juiced (Again) by Robert Arthur
Moonshot: Exit Velocity Is Higher Than Ever
by Robert Arthur
Moonshot: The Rabbit Ball is Flying in Triple-A Too by Robert Arthur
The Call-Up: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. by Jarrett Seidler and Kevin Jebens
Circle Change: Who’s Hitting the Extra Dingers? by Zach Crizer
Kendall's writing for the Prospectus Notebook
ARod on YouTube
Episode 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 have on the game. We also get a peak into Jared's upcoming book.
Harry and Kendall also dig into some of the upcoming changes that MLB will be testing out in the Atlantic League.
Episode 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 to project future performance and how projecting young players without much track record can be tricky.
Music is "Open Your Face" by Parker Projection.
Episode 33: PECOTA 2019 with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown
Deep dive into DRC+ and PECOTA with Jonathan Judge and Rob McQuown of Baseball Prospectus.
DRC Updates and Improvements
DRC+ and Observables
All DRC+ coverage
Projected Standings based on PECOTA
How to watch Serie del Caribe 2019
Episode 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.
Available at Baseball Prospectus
Episode 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 cap it off with a discussion about the changes at Baseball Prospectus.
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!