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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 • 28 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.

    (95) The Luis Tiant 80th Birthday Spectacular!

    (95) The Luis Tiant 80th Birthday Spectacular!

    On November 23rd, Luis Tiant turned 80 years old, and what better way to celebrate than to hear from the man himself in conversation with the Baseball Rabbi! Apart from Tiant's stories and insights, Pesach and Scott discuss his Hall of Fame case, using Catfish Hunter as a fascinating foil; how can two pitchers with almost identical stats have a difference in bWAR of about 25 wins, and a smaller but similar difference on Fangraphs? The answer will provide insight into how WAR actually works. Plus: Pesach demonstrates that the Negro Leagues are, if anything, underrated - and what the various baseball internet sites need to do about it now.
    (You can watch the full 75 minute interview, where Luis Tiant talks about his unique windup, what it was like to leave the Red Sox and join the hated Yankees, how often he would intentionally hit batters, what should be done to remember the Negro Leagues, which major leaguer never ever cursed - and much more! Just go to https://www.patreon.com/baseballrabbipodcast.)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    (94) Blake Snell, Kevin Cash, and the Faulty Premise that the Past is Very Predictive

    (94) Blake Snell, Kevin Cash, and the Faulty Premise that the Past is Very Predictive

    Everyone knows that Kevin Cash made a terrible mistake by removing Blake Snell in the sixth inning of World Series Game Six... everyone, that is, except for the Baseball Rabbi. Pesach analyzes the decision from two directions: Snell's history of early fatigue, as well as what was happening during the game itself (yes, you'll have to rethink the narrative that he was unhittable through five innings). Meanwhile, stat guru Moshe Schorr joins the podcast to offer a completely different angle which NOBODY else considered, and which raises the question of how much a pitcher's dominance through five innings is predictive of his success during the rest of the game.

    • 26 min
    (93) The Coolest Semi-Meaningful Brand New Funky Metric

    (93) The Coolest Semi-Meaningful Brand New Funky Metric

    The World Series is taking place at this very moment, and the Baseball Rabbi is back to enlighten you regarding narratives, the broadcast team of Joe Buck and John Smoltz, and everything else you need to be an educated baseball consumer. But the World Series happens (almost) every year; the posting of a new metric on Baseball Reference, cWPA, is a unique occurrence, and it's knocking Scott and Pesach's socks off. Join them as they obsess over what this stat proves, who ends up on the leaderboards, and what tweaks might be necessary in the future. Plus: quantifying where Game Four of the World Series ranks in terms of all-time exciting games. (Is there anything more Baseball Rabbi-ish than quantifying excitement?)
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    • 51 min
    (92) Squish the Fish: Deconstructing the History of the Marlins, Baseball's Most Corrupt Franchise

    (92) Squish the Fish: Deconstructing the History of the Marlins, Baseball's Most Corrupt Franchise

    For years Pesach has been expressing his intense dislike of the Miami Marlins; on today's podcast, we find out why. He gives a history of the team, indicating scandal, shell games, and corruption, and shows that the prime losers, of course, are the fans of Miami. But wait, there's more! The Baseball Rabbi offers a preview of Rays-Dodgers (and guesses - no predictions here - that it might be a short series), and shows that the Rays built their team primarily through trades rather than through the draft. And finally: what should the educated baseball fan look for when seeing a batter hit a foul ball?
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    BASEBALL RABBI FLASHBACK: (Mis)Using Relievers in the Playoffs

    BASEBALL RABBI FLASHBACK: (Mis)Using Relievers in the Playoffs

    When Pesach criticized Aaron Boone for his use of Aroldis Chapman in the playoffs against the Rays, he was really using the same theory he developed last year when he criticized A.J. Hinch for his use of relievers like Will Harris in the World Series. Listen to this ten minute flashback and let us know if you agree.

    • 10 min
    (91) The Underrated Whitey Ford, Casey Stengel, and Tweaking the Standard Narrative

    (91) The Underrated Whitey Ford, Casey Stengel, and Tweaking the Standard Narrative

    The late Whitey Ford, who won more games than any other pitcher in Yankee history, is seldom ranked among the very greatest pitchers of all time. Is this fair, or does he deserve more credit?
    And that famous narrative about manager Stengel's saving Ford for the big games - does that hold water, or is it simply false? Pesach and Scott look at the numbers to uncover the real story. Plus: how Aaron Boone contributed to the Yankees' playoff loss, storylines for the upcoming League Championship Series, and new details in comparing Gibson's best season with those of Pedro and Maddux.
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 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!

Tim6850 ,

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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