The SIS Baseball Podcast

The SIS 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.
Rays Prospect Chandler Simpson; Using Baseball Analytics For Good Causes with Jenn Rubenstein
On this episode of The Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Rays outfield prospect Chandler Simpson, a baseball fan who cleverly used analytics for good, Jenn Rubenstein (@queerfancystats), and SIS baseball operations analyst Stephen Marciello (LinkedIn) .Chandler introduced himself by telling us about some videos online showing him as a kid dancing like Michael Jackson … and how those skills related to baseball. He walked us through the idea of ba...
Jun 20
47 min
Defense Lessons from Rangers Utility Man Josh Smith + Matthew Trueblood on The Disappearing DP
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Rangers utility man Josh Smith (@joshhsmith4), baseball writer Matthew Trueblood (@MATrueblood) and SIS operations associate Mark Bricker (@brick26house). Mark S. and Josh talk about Josh’s move to different positions, his approach to playing defense, and the tip he’d give to any kids that want to play defense like he does (a different answer than we usually get) (3:28). Matt and Mark talk about Matt’s defense-oriented artic...
Jun 6
37 min
Ryan Mountcastle and Manny Acta on Positions, Positioning, and Playing Defense
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Orioles first baseman Ryan Mountcastle, Mariners bench coach Manny Acta (@mannyacta14), and SIS operations analyst Nick Rabasco (@nrabasco1).Ryan talks to us about playing first baseman, where he's been a league leader in our "Good Fielding Plays" stat, what it's been like to switch positions at various points in his baseball life, and how he puts technology to use (3:48).Manny talks to us about the details behind a recent article we ...
May 23
41 min
All Things Injuries With Under The Knife's Will Carroll and SIS' Brett Barnes
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Will Carroll (@injuryexpert), CEO of NTangible Sports and the Under The Knife baseball injury newsletter and SIS injury associate Brett Barnes.The conversation is all things injury-related, not just pitcher injuries. The 3 discuss the abundance of muscular injuries, future prognosis for Mike Trout and Byron Buxton, and novel ideas like catcher innings limits and whether injuries may necessitate tandem starters.Thank you for listening....
May 9
24 min
Royals CF Kyle Isbel + Daniel Epstein (Baseball Prospectus) on Mookie Betts & Brandon Tew on Kansas' unique defense
On this episode Mark Simon is joined by Royals center fielder Kyle Isbel, baseball writer Daniel Epstein, and SIS baseball operations analyst Brandon Tew.Mark and Kyle talk about Kyle's defensive approach, which has helped him to rank 3rd in Defensive Runs Saved the last 2 seasons. Kyle explains how a childhood game got him on an early path to being a top defensive player and what it was like to rob a home run from Bryce Harper and make an incredible play against Marcus Semien. And he shares ...
Apr 25
41 min
Cubs Minor League Hitting Coach Rachel Folden; Marquee Pitching Analyst Lance Brozdowski
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) does an "everything but defense" show, talking to Cubs minor league hitting coach and co-hitting coordinator Rachel Folden (@rachelfolden25) and pitching analyst Lance Brozdowski (@LanceBroz), who writes his own newsletter and does analysis for Marquee Sports.Rachel, a former softball All-American, talks about her path to her current job and what goes into teaching hitting from the perspective of understanding biomechanics, the lingo, the stats, a...
Apr 11
57 min
Honoring Women's History Month With Alexia Jorge and Emily-Anne Patt
On this episode, we honor Women’s History Month with 2 interviews featuring women working in baseball in different ways. First, Mark Simon talks to Saint Elizabeth University catcher Alexia Jorge, who became the 2nd woman to start at catcher in a college baseball game. Alexia has been playing baseball (not softball) her entire life and she speaks to us about her techniques for pitch framing and thwarting basestealing attempts, as well as how she prepares for upcoming opponents with limit...
Mar 26
42 min
Let's Dance With Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andrés Giménez
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Cleveland Guardians second baseman Andrés Giménez (@andresgimenez). Andrés talks about how he does what he does on defense, which led to him winning a 2023 Fielding Bible Award. Andrés even explains one thing he does with his wife in the offseason to help him stay athletic (0:36).Then, SIS VP of Baseball Bobby Scales (@bobby_scales) joins us to talk about what Andrés had to say (14:32).Links to the 3 plays mentioned in the episode:Vla...
Mar 7
21 min
Honoring Black History Month: Steve Williams and LaTroy Hawkins
On this special Black History Month episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Pirates' Vice President of Player Personnel Steve Williams and former MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins (@LaTroyHawkins32). Steve talks about his career working in baseball and the role he plays as the president of the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association (0:38). LaTroy talks about his lengthy career, creating opportunities in baseball for underserved communities, and how he has...
Feb 22
48 min
Orioles Pitching Strategy Coach Ryan Klimek, Asian Baseball, and the Hall of Fame
On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Orioles pitching strategy coach Ryan Klimek, SIS’ Asian Baseball scout and operations associate Brandon Tew, (@BrandonTeweets) and our VP of Baseball, Bobby Scales (@Bobby_Scales). Ryan walks us through his career path and explains what goes into being a pitching strategy coach in the major leagues (0:48). Brandon shares his scouting reports on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Shōta Imanaga, Naoyuki Uwasawa, Jung-hoo Lee, Yuki Mats...
Jan 25
44 min
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