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On this episode, baseball writer Joe Sheehan joins Mark Simon to recap the 2021 MLB season and look ahead to 2022. After announcing the 2021 Fielding Bible Award winners (0:19), Mark and Joe talk about: - The most impressive thing about defense in MLB (4:56) - Byron Buxton’s future (7:50) - 2021 MLB Awards (10:08) - Reward Robbie Ray? (15:00) - The…
 
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! w…
 
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), …
 
On this episode, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) 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 (@MoneyyyMikeee). Duvall talks about the intricacies of playing the outfield and one of his specialties, getting to balls quickly so…
 
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 t…
 
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 (@MarkASimonSays) 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 take…
 
On this episode of The SIS Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (@mattchap6) and Giants first base/outfield/baserunning coach Antoan Richardson (@arichardson242). Matt talks about his favorite childhood defensive play (0:59), reacclimating to third base after last year’s hip injury (4:33),…
 
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…
 
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 a…
 
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 walke…
 
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 (2:0…
 
Former longtime MLB pitcher and current Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow gives our host, Mark Simon, a lesson on what to watch for in defensive play and pitching using the surprising Giants team as a model. Mike talked about the Giants overall strengths and put an emphasis on the catcher’s ability to manage the rhythm of a game. He also went pitcher-…
 
On this week’s episode Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) talks to Cardinals second baseman and outfielder Tommy Edman and Red Sox beat writer Peter Abraham (@peteabe). Tommy talks about his family’s interest in baseball analytics (his father teaches math, his brother works for the Twins, his sister works for the Cardinals) and how data plays a role in h…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon is joined by Royals center fielder Michael A. Taylor. They talk about his defensive approach, the value of having a catcher who can catch throws like Salvador Perez, some of Michael’s favorite defensive plays, and what he’s learned from past mistakes in the field (0:57). Mark…
 
On this episode, Mark Simon was joined by Chicago White Sox radio broadcaster Len Kasper and ESPN content producer Paul Hembekides. Len talked about his transition from Cubs TV to White Sox radio, what interested him most from an analytic perspective so far this season, both in the sport as a whole and for the White Sox. He also discussed Tony La R…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd, ESPN Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech, and New York Times national baseball writer James Wagner to answer some questions from Mark's baseball predictions game. Cliff Floyd breaks down 5 hitters - Fernando Tatis …
 
Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) heard from Rays infielder Joey Wendle (@JoeyWendle) right after we posted our last episode, so we figured we’d bring you a bonus interview with him before we ramp up to our Opening Day Preview here at the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast. Joey talks about his 2020 postseason experience and the large number of hard…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined first by Eno Sarris (@enosarris) of The Athletic to talk about the trends to watch in MLB this season. Eno discusses what people should know about seam shifted wake and the pitchers for which it might be the most pertinent (0:48). He also talks abo…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) welcomes spring training with 3 guests! First, Mark is joined by Oakland Athletics second baseman and outfielder, Tony Kemp (@TonyKemp). Tony talks about how his hitting approach generated higher walk rates (1:09), how a player knows and understands what he …
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Yankees minor league hitting coach Rachel Balkovec (@_rachelbalkovec), who is currently in Australia working as a coach with the Sydney Blue Sox. Rachel talks about how she came to be coaching in Australia (1:46). She then addresses the progress…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Minnesota Twins centerfielder Byron Buxton (@OfficialBuck103) to talk about everything from his defensive approach to how he changed his swing by watching video, to why he smiles so much and much more (0:45). Mark also welcomes a group of guests…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, we begin by discussing the historic hiring of Kim Ng as the Marlins GM with Josh Rawitch (@joshrawitch), the Diamondbacks senior VP of content and communications. Josh and Kim worked together when both were with the Dodgers, and Kim gave Josh a shout-out at her press conference. Josh sh…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by the godfather of baseball sabermetrics, Bill James (@billjamesonline) to discuss The 2021 Bill James Handbook. Bill talks about the articles he wrote and the studies he did, including: Game Score for Batters, a companion stat to Bill’s popular G…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) talks to Doug Glanville (@dougglanville) of ESPN and his baseball-writing colleague at The Athletic, Eno Sarris (@enosarris). Doug breaks down what goes into making the catches that were made during the postseason, whether it was the home run robberies by Mo…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) to talk about what he’s seen this postseason in pitching (1:13), hitting (5:46), baserunning (11:31), and fielding (16:56) – both for good and for bad. Tim also picks the player who he’s watched this po…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon is joined by Ethan Bryan (@Ethan_Bryan), the author of A Year of Playing Catch – What A Simple Daily Experiment Taught Me About Life. Ethan, a lifelong Royals fan from Springfield, Missouri, talks about where the idea of playing catch every day originated and what the experie…
 
On a special playoff-preview edition of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, we dig deep on the top-seeded Rays and Dodgers as we welcome former MLB pitcher Brian Anderson and current Dodgers/FOX broadcaster Joe Davis (@Joe_Davis) to the podcast. Brian, in his 10th season as a TV broadcaster with the Rays, gives us an in-depth look at the te…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by baseball writer Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) and Mets broadcaster Wayne Randazzo (@WayneRandazzo). Joe explains what we’ll be talking about if the Rays and Athletics win the World Series (1:00), then talks about what impresses him about the Cubs, …
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by New York Times senior baseball writer Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) to discuss the biggest surprises of the 2020 season. Among the topics they cover: Jose Abreu’s defense (0:59), the unlikely rise of the Giants offense (4:36), Shane Bieber’s elect…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues with baseball researcher Gary Ashwill and Negro League Museum co-founder Larry Lester (@LarryLester42). Gary talks to us about the Seamheads Baseball Database project, which aims to document Negro League …
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (@Tstory2) to ‘talk shop’ about his defensive success. Trevor currently leads in our “Good Fielding Plays” stat for shortstops by a WIDE margin. Trevor talks about the origin of his developing into a good defensive…
 
NOTE: This episode was taped last week prior to the player protests and games being postponed. On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Dodgers second baseman Kiké Hernández (@kikehndez), who is off to a great defensive start to 2020. Kiké explains about how his work was impacted by th…
 
Two weeks ago, we did an episode on women working in baseball analytics - Emily Curtis and Kiri Oler. This week, we turn our attention to people of color working in this field. Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) talked to 3 of them - Javier Duren (@JD_Fresh20) of the Cardinals, Spencer Weisberg of the Mariners, and Karim Kassam (@professormullet) of the …
 
On this edition of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by ESPN and Sirius XM’s Eduardo Perez (@PerezEd) to talk about the meaningful names and numbers from the season’s first few weeks. Eduardo gives his take on low batting averages and pitcher injuries and with the latter explains why a change of scen…
 
When we planned out Season 2 of our podcast, our goal was to make the show more thoughtful and more diverse. We continue to work towards that with this episode, which spotlights two women working in baseball analytics who recently spoke at a Women in Baseball event – Emily Curtis (@emweecurt) with the Mariners and Kiri Oler (@glitter_corpse) with t…
 
On this edition of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by two beat writers to discuss the 2020 season outlooks for their respective teams. Mark first talks to Derrick Goold (@dgoold), Cardinals beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the host of “The Best Podcast in Baseball.” Derrick explains …
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by his former ESPN colleagues, the Sunday Night Baseball radio broadcast team of Jon Sciambi (@BoogSciambi) and Chris Singleton (@Singytweets) to preview the 2020 season. Jon and Chris seek to make their broadcasts smart, interesting, and fun and t…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by longtime Angels broadcaster José Mota (@JoseMota05) to preview the upcoming season. Mota provides perspective on what to watch for from several Angels key players, giving insight on how Mike Trout works at-bats (1:30), explaining what Anthony Re…
 
On this edition of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) asks the question – how can we measure catchers beyond pitch blocking, pitch framing, and caught stealing? Longtime former MLB catcher Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1), now a Spanish-language radio broadcaster for the Cardinals, tries to help us out. Bengie ta…
 
On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Brandon Guyer (@BrandonGuyer), who just retired after an 8-year, 500+-game MLB career in which he was known for his ability to hit left-handed pitching and his penchant for being hit by a pitch. Guyer (with the help of his wife) has just written an 80-page book, The Fully Equipped Athlete and started a new busin…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb), Rockies beat writer for MLB.com, Alex Speier (@alexspeier), who covers the Red Sox and MLB for the Boston Globe and Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey), who covers the Athletics for The Athletic. Almost every other epis…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by KT Wiz outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. (@melrojasjr), arguably the best hitter in the KBO and the league’s leader in hard-hit rate. If Mel’s name sounds familiar, it should – his father pitched 10 seasons in the majors including a strong run as the clo…
 
On this special edition episode, Mark Simon is joined by Sports Info Solutions Director of Basketball, Jake Loos. SIS recently announced that it would be entering the basketball business. Jake, the former director of basketball analytics and technology for the Phoenix Suns will head up our operation. Jake talks about his background, which includes …
 
We know that MLB is back and we’ll talk about that plenty in the next few weeks. This week on the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Japanese baseball writer, statistician and historian Jim Allen (@JballAllen) of JballAllen.com to talk about Nippon Professional Baseball (the NPB). Jim explains his back…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Baseball America writer Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) to talk about last week’s MLB Draft and how different players rate from a defensive perspective. First, they discuss the preparation heading into the draft and the challenges of trying to …
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Coastal Carolina (@CoastalBaseball) outfielder Parker Chavers (@pchavers14). Parker was a preseason All-American and a two-time All-Sun Belt conference selection who missed the start of 2020 due to a shoulder injury. Prior to the injury he was r…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) talks with college baseball infielder Dai Dai Otaka (@dai_squared) about studying defensive excellence using a combination of video and in-depth statistical analysis (what we like to do!). Dai Dai first fills us in on his interests and his successful time as…
 
On this episode, Mark Simon (@markasimonsays) is joined by Dirk Lammers (@ddlammers), author of Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders and an expert on the history of no-hitters for a conversation on all the different factors that go into throwing one. Dirk explains the origins of his research, how much research he’s done, and his favorite (2:18). They then dis…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by Yonhap News reporter Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1). Jeeho is based in Seoul, South Korea and covers the KBO on a daily basis. He explains fan reaction to the return of baseball (2:27) and what it’s like to cover baseball in the age of Coronavirus (4:46).…
 
On this episode of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) is joined by softball star A.J. Andrews (@aj_andrews_) to talk about what goes into being an outstanding defensive outfielder. A.J. was the first softball player to be awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove, and she breaks down three catches: the first being one alon…
 
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