136 episodes

Baseball is the perfect sport for conversation, and no one can converse about it better than the Baseball Rabbi, one of the world's greatest experts on advanced statistics, sabermetrics, and baseball history. Join Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn as they apply advanced metrics to the Major Leagues, reevaluate historical assumptions, and discover new baseball trends and theories that will leave you questioning everything you assumed you knew about the National Pastime.

The Baseball Rabbi Podcast Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn

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    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Baseball is the perfect sport for conversation, and no one can converse about it better than the Baseball Rabbi, one of the world's greatest experts on advanced statistics, sabermetrics, and baseball history. Join Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn as they apply advanced metrics to the Major Leagues, reevaluate historical assumptions, and discover new baseball trends and theories that will leave you questioning everything you assumed you knew about the National Pastime.

    (117) The Tampa Bay Rays are Ruining Baseball (Seriously)

    (117) The Tampa Bay Rays are Ruining Baseball (Seriously)

    Max Scherzer struck out victim number 3000 (he's the 19th guy to do it), pitched an immaculate inning, and had a perfect game into the eighth inning... and if you wanted to find out more while this was going on, you needed to scroll down on ESPN's website. Yes, baseball continues to lose popularity, and the Baseball Rabbi identifies the Rays as exemplifying the problem. (The problem, in short, is that their boring brand of baseball works.) Plus: handicapping the NL MVP race (Tatis? Wheeler? Harper?) and quick headlines so you're up to date as the season heads into the homestretch.
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    • 38 min
    (116) Is Something Nefarious Going On in San Francisco?

    (116) Is Something Nefarious Going On in San Francisco?

    The San Francisco Giants have been the surprise of the baseball season; they could lose every game until the end of the season and still end up with a record significantly better than we anticipated back in April. How, exactly, are they doing it? That's where the questions start, but not where they end; there's something weird happening by the Bay, and it could be incredible coaching, some advantage conferred by advanced analytics... or something else? Whatever it is, Pesach and Scott lay out the facts and why those facts are surprising. Plus: the Reds are going to the Wild Card game and the Padres are not, the Yankees look like the best team in baseball, the potential Boston-New York Wild Card game could be a classic, the Mets are booing their own fans, and more on the Field of Dreams game that Pesach trashed last time.
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    • 45 min
    (115) Joey Votto, Hall of Famer...? And Handicapping the NL MVP Race

    (115) Joey Votto, Hall of Famer...? And Handicapping the NL MVP Race

    Two months ago, the NL MVP was clearly Jacob deGrom or - if you insisted on voting for a position player - Fernando Tatis, Jr. Well, things change fast in baseball, and the race is both wide open and fascinating. Pesach and Scott offer their insights as to where it's going, and discuss whether Zack Wheeler can be the MVP (after all, he's got the highest bWAR) while boasting only the sixth best ERA in the National League. Also pay attention to what they think about Joey Votto's Hall of Fame chances, and whether he's a shoo-in or an also-ran. As for Pesach's view of the Field of Dreams game between the Yankees and the White Sox? He holds back a little because this is a family podcast, but he. does. not. like. it.
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    • 35 min
    (114) Baseball Rabbi 2021 Trade Deadline Spectacular!

    (114) Baseball Rabbi 2021 Trade Deadline Spectacular!

    This might have been the most exciting trade deadline in years - or ever?- and MLB deserves kudos for actually doing something right for a change. And while most contenders worked to improve their chances at making the postseason or going on a deep playoff run, that doesn't mean that any given team is necessarily better off today than it was last week. (Howdy, Padres! Take a bow, Bosox!) Pesach and Scott look at some of the major buyers, and analyze whether they're playoff bound or more likely destined to watch the playoffs from their living rooms like the rest of us. Plus: why do older teams have fewer players with terrible WARs, and the Baseball Rabbi basks in vindication regarding offensive rate stats.
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    • 47 min
    (113) The Historic Brewers Defense, the Collapse of the Cubs, the Resurgence of the Reds: Narratives from the NL Central

    (113) The Historic Brewers Defense, the Collapse of the Cubs, the Resurgence of the Reds: Narratives from the NL Central

    The National League Central is so different from the chaotic NL East: each team's actual record is close to where advanced analytics says that the team should be. But the division is full of storylines, and the Baseball Rabbi offers them to you on a silver platter. The Brewers are actually really good, but in ways you might have missed. The Reds are interesting, even as they will likely be "that team" that just misses the playoffs. The Cubs' collapse was predictable because they're not very good; Javier Baez is actually making history, but not in a way that will make the denizens of Chicago smile. The Cardinals are falling apart (equal parts bad pitching and bad hitting), and the Pirates are a mess - but with some entertaining position players with surprising talent for achieving a high BABIP. Plus: the storylines that Pesach and Scott are watching in the second half (how low can the Diamondbacks go?), and what baseball rules are too fundamental to touch.
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    • 55 min
    Baseball Rabbi Classic: Seven Catcher Seasons

    Baseball Rabbi Classic: Seven Catcher Seasons

    The Baseball Rabbi made lists of the five most memorable seasons for each position, but listing significant catcher seasons poses a unique challenge. What makes catcher different from every other position? How can we compare modern catchers with catchers from before 2008? (Answer: We can't.) Join Pesach and Scott for a deep dive into catchers, starring Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Gary Carter, Buster Posey, Carlton Fisk, Joe Mauer, Yogi Berra, and a bunch of guys who didn't make the cut. Plus: Mike Piazza wasn't a cheater, his 1997 was the greatest season ever for a catcher, and it still isn't on the list. Why?

    • 43 min

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

ArchieParr ,

A MUST-LISTEN for true baseball fans

Scott and Pesach are entertaining, informative, and thorough in their analysis and discussion.

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Know what they are talking about!

So often people aren’t prepared when they do podcasts, I can almost see their outline and the direction they want conversation to go. Well schooled on the topic they are covering. Keep up good work!

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Best Baseball Podcast!!!

I love stats, and these guys show how things are changing! Very thoughtful and amazing insights.

They have single-handedly given me a greater appreciation for the game today!!!

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