Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast
Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast
Sports Info Solutions
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.
Matt Amodio Talking Baseball, His 38 Jeopardy! Wins
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by 38-time Jeopardy champion and baseball aficionado Matt Amodio (@AmodioMatt) for a lengthy, fun conversation. First they talk about Matt’s baseball origins, covering everything from his best defensive play to his favorite players and ballparks (0:50). The discussion then moves to Jeopardy! where Matt explains every aspect of his in-game strategy, including the mechanism he developed for timing when to buzz in. They also delve into specific moments in games and how they played out. Lots of baseball comparisons here too! (7:17) Then comes talk about statistics, with Jeopardy in-game win probability serving as a springboard into talk about pitch tunneling and defensive metrics (24:50). Matt then explains his field of study as he pursues his doctorate at Yale (35:01). The show closes with some fun – an explanation of how he kept his wins (and loss) a secret, and a Uni-Watch style investigation into Matt’s “uniform” choices (h/t @oneeclecticmom) (37:00). Special thanks as well to Andy Saunders at TheJeopardyFan.com and J-Archive for research assistance. Hope you enjoy this episode. It’s a little different from our normal fare! Please rate and review us if you can.
Oct 21
45 min
Biggest Surprises of the MLB Season with Tyler Kepner
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by NY Times national baseball writer Tyler Kepner for their second annual discussion of the biggest surprises of the MLB season. Among the things they touch on are the Giants and Rays (0:50), the pitching of Nestor Cortes and Ranger Suarez (8:44), the craterings of the Mets, Padres, and Cody Bellinger (15:52), the up-and-coming Tigers (21:13), an unlikely MVP candidate (23:30), and the amazing defense of the Rockies third basemen (27:07). Thank you as always for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.
Sep 30
30 min
Defensive Standouts of the Present & Future: Adam Duvall and Michael Harris
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by a Defensive Runs Saved leader of the present and a Defensive Runs Saved leader of the future, Braves outfielder Adam Duvall and Braves prospect Michael Harris. Duvall talks about the intricacies of playing the outfield and one of his specialties, getting to balls quickly so that he can make a throw to nail or hold a baserunner. He also talks about the challenges of playing each of the three outfield spots and the adventures he’s had with side walls and outfield fences. (0:37) Harris, our minor league outfield Runs Saved leader, discusses his time with the Rome Braves (Class-A) and some of the outstanding catches he’s made this season. He also shares the message he writes on his glove to remind himself not to feel bad about taking away base hits (10:28). Thank you for listening. Stay safe and stay well.
Sep 16
21 min
Max Stassi, Baseball Music, and Larry Walker on his D
On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Angels catcher Max Stassi (@MaxStassi10) to talk about what goes into his defensive work. Max talks about his defense origin story (he was born into catching) and what he focuses on when he frames pitches (1:21). Max also discusses what it's like to catch Shohei Ohtani and offers a strong take on the potential of robot umpires and how that would change catching forever (imagine catchers working entirely from their knees) (11:18). Plus, Hall-of-Fame inductee and 7-time Gold Glover Larry Walker on his favorite type of defensive play (19:53). Mark is then joined by former Baseball Info Solutions Video Scout, and singer-songwriter Matt Halvorson (@HalvyHalvorson), whose songs are often about prominent (and lesser-known) baseball players (you'll hear a brief excerpt from his latest album) (21:48). Thank you for listening. Stay safe and stay well.
Sep 2
33 min
The MLB Learning Experience With Astros OF Chas McCormick
On this week's episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, , we focus on the No. 1 team in Defensive Runs Saved – the Astros – and outfielder Chas McCormick. Mark Simon talks to Chas about his path to the big leagues (which was not an easy one) (0:55), which coaches have most influenced how he plays (3:02), what it takes to play all three outfield positions and play them well (4:09), his welcome to the big leagues moment as a CF and what he's learned about playing outfield at the major-league level (4:55), the teammate he most enjoys watching play defense (9:21), and where he’s looking to improve his game (he had a good amount of self-awareness) (11:57). Thanks for listening as always. Stay safe and stay well.
Aug 19
13 min
Bay Area Baseball Excellence w/ Matt Chapman & Antoan Richardson
On this episode of The SIS Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon is joined by Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman and Giants first base/outfield/baserunning coach Antoan Richardson. Matt talks about his favorite childhood defensive play (0:59), reacclimating to third base after last year’s hip injury (4:33), and the challenge of catching pop ups in Oakland and line drives from up close (6:16). Antoan talks about how the Giants position their outfielders (19:16), breaks down a play in which the Giants’ smart baserunning approach gained them an advantage (24:37), and discusses the concept of dissecting the field (28:47). Thank you for listening as always. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.
Aug 5
35 min
ESPN's Marly Rivera on Baseball's Imperfect Teams & Most Interesting Stories
On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by ESPN baseball reporter Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) to talk about the imperfect teams of the AL East, the trade deadline, and stories that go beyond analytics to explain player performance.Marly discussed the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Vladimir Guerrero, and Cedric Mullins. She also gave her thoughts on the state of women in baseball broadcasting.Thank you always for listening. Stay safe and stay well.
Jul 22
20 min
Hunter Renfroe, Luis Guillorme and an MLB Draft Preview
On a supersized episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon is joined by Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Mets infielder Luis Guillorme to talk shop – how they do what they do on D. That is followed by an MLB Draft Preview with our Video Scouts, Brandon Tew and Dominick Ricotta. Renfroe talks about his powerful throwing arm, with tips for aspiring players on what they can do to develop theirs (0:35). He also talks about the challenges of playing the right field triangle and right field corner at Fenway Park. (3:58) Guillorme walks us through how he learned to be a smart defensive player while growing up in Venezuela and how he learned to slow the game down (12:04). He takes us through several plays he’s made this season, including a game-saving relay throw and a well-timed base block (15:30). He also discusses how he catches flying bats, how he battles in his at-bats, and how he became adept at juggling. (19:31) Brandon and Dominick give us a preview of the top college pitchers and hitters in this year’s draft, a class headed by Jack Leiter, Kumar Rocker, and Henry Davis (24:29). They also come up with players to keep an eye on outside the top 10 (42:47). As always, thanks for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.
Jul 8
46 min
Cedric Mullins on His Amazing Catches; Adam Darowski on Sports-Reference.com’s Negro Leagues Project
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins (@cedmull30), who is having a breakthrough season. Mullins talks about his favorite play from childhood (an unassisted triple play!) (1:00) and what goes into making some of the great catches he’s made (he walked us through several) (1:44). Mullins also talks about self-awareness and the understanding that giving up switch-hitting could help make him a better hitter (6:58). Mark is also joined by Adam Darowski (@baseballtwit) of Sports-Reference.com to discuss the Baseball-Reference project – The Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues – in which the company added a considerable amount of statistical information to its databases and incorporated it as stats equivalent to the National League and American League (11:19). Adam talks about why the site took on the project (13:57) and some of the many cool statistical discoveries that can be made with a few clicks of a mouse (16:42). Thanks for listening, and don't forget to rate and review!
Jun 24
22 min
Ryan McMahon Was Born to Play Defense (Literally)
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon (@Ry_McMahon), who won Sports Info Solutions Defensive Player of the Month honors for May. McMahon is quick and to the point in discussing how he learned to play defense (1:07), his approach to playing defense (2:09), what he learns from watching other players (6:39), and why he was given a glove at birth (9:50). Mark and show producer Justin Stine (@j_stine31) then review the early-season Defensive Runs Saved leaderboard and point out improvements, surprises, and key players (15:47).
Jun 10
35 min
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