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Baseball Beyond Batting Average
78 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
73 - 100 RBIs and Pitcher Hitting
Mark and Andy are back with their latest statistical explorations into baseball's history. This time, Mark looks at some of the most extreme--and worst--100 RBI seasons ever put together. Let's just say Tony Armas figures prominently. Andy takes on the scorching hot topic of pitchers hitting, both the best and worst of all-time. Randy Johnson falls into one of those categories. It all wraps up with a round of Roll The Stat, in which the hosts guess career the OPS+ of different pitchers.
95 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
72 - Adam Darowski
Mark and Andy are joined by Adam Darowski of Baseball Reference to talk about some advanced hitting stats that were recently added to players' pages, rBat+ and rOBA, as well as many other baseball-related topics, including his Hall of Stats site. Learn how these new stats are calculated, how they came to be on the page, and where the all-time greats rank according to the measures. Use your newfound knowledge to play along with a game of rBat+ Roll The Stat, and see if you can beat the expert himself, Adam Darowski.
67 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
71 - Manager Stats & Game Scores
Mark and Andy pare down their normal gargantuan episodes into one that can be digested in a shorter amount of time. The topics this time are "manager stats"--really an investigation into a team's actual performance vs. their record based on their total WAR--and game scores, the Bill James stat used to evaluate starting pitching performances. Both topics are revelatory and fun, and lead to another round of Roll The Stat, this time guessing the game scores of memorable pitching performances throughout baseball history.
126 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
70 - Forgotten Stars of the 1960s
Mark and Andy are joined on this episode by baseball stats guru Jim Passon. The hosts and their guest take turns highlighting some of the less-remembered stars of the 1960s. As over 50 years have passed since the primes of their careers, players like Floyd Robinson, Don Mincher, and Jim Maloney are not household names. They all had their moments of glory, however, and this episode serves to remind us of those moments. Stay to the end to hear Jim, Mark, and Andy play Roll The Stat by guessing career OPSes of players from that era. You won't want to miss one of the 120 minutes.
101 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
69 - 1990 National League
Mark and Andy are joined by Mark and Jeff from the Two Strike Noise podcast to create a foursome of podcasticness never seen before. The topic? The 1990 baseball season, a subject so nice they had to record it twice. While the National League portion of the season is discussed here, the AL happenings will be discussed on a subsequent episode of Two Strike Noise. Here, your hosts cover the stats and the stories, from the dominance of Lenny Dykstra to Roseanne's memorable national anthem rendition. Each NL team gets discussed, as does the good, bad, and ugly of every position. The episode wraps up with an intense round of Roll The Stat, the first time four players have battled on air.
94 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
68 - The 2020 Fourth Annual Inaugural BBBA Awards Show
The 2020 calendar year and season can finally be properly wrapped up, as Mark and Andy are back for their fourth installment of the BBBA Awards. This time, along with giving their takes on the existing inferior awards (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young), your hosts attempt to rename those awards to give it a more BBBA flavor. And as always, they give their own awards to players for accomplishments both good and bad. Returning awards include The Wilfong Award, The Jeter Award, and The Fury Gene "Steamboat" Tenace Award for Excellence in Plate Discipline. The hosts wrap it up with a thrilling version of Roll The Stat by guessing 2020 hitters' career ISOs. Listen and help put the 2020 season, and that miserable year, to rest.
113 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
67 - 1987
The year was 1987. Mark and Andy were 10 years old and baseballs were flying out of ballparks. Your hosts take a look back at that wondrous time in their youth and try to gain a better understanding of who really were the kings of the diamond that season. Each team gets discussed in some detail, as each host takes a league and looks at the standings and the stars. Some names are expected, like McGwire and Dawson, while others are not so household, like Randy Ready and Garth Iorg. The episode ends with a tight round of Roll The Stat, the advanced baseball stat guessing game that helped us all through a pandemic.
92 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
66 - Rickey Henderson & Tim Raines
Mark and Andy do another in-depth examination of two players, this time the similarly-skilled Rickey Henderson and Tim "Rock" Raines. While Mark takes on Rickey in all his glory, Andy handles the under-appreciated star Raines. Although the players' careers spanned the same time period and their skills mirrored each other, Rickey was in a league of his own. Find out where his value came from and how Rock measures up as a hitter, baserunner, and fielder. Finish it up by playing along in the latest round of Roll The Stat, in which Mark and Andy tackle a new stat, Championship Win Probability Added, for players who led a league in stolen bases during Henderson's and Raines' careers.
96 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
65 - Forgotten Stars of the 1970s
Mark and Andy tackle a new kind of topic for the 65th installment of the podcast. This time, they're looking for stars from the 1970s who have been forgotten or overlooked. Although some of the players mentioned are not all-time greats, several others deserve serious Hall of Fame consideration. Just as the hosts did, hopefully you too will gain a newfound appreciation for the players they mention, such as Ken Singleton, Wilbur Wood, Dave Cash, and Gene Tenace. The show wraps up with a round of Roll The Stat in which the hosts guess the career on-base percentages of 1970s stalwarts. Listen and let them know who they forgot to forget.
73 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
64 - Statcast Fielding Measurements
Mark and Andy resume their exploration of Statcast measurements by focusing on fielding. Although the data is not readily available for most of it, arm strength, distance covered, and pop time form the foundation for what will come when they look at fielding metrics. The lack of data allow Mark and Andy to discuss some other baseball topics, including their thoughts about MLB's rule changes. The hosts do spend time looking at the pop time leaderboards, and finish the episode with a round of Roll The Stat in which they guess catchers' pop times.
112 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
63 Wade Boggs & Tony Gwynn
In the latest in their Second Look series, Mark and Andy dive into the careers of Wade Boggs and Tony Gwynn to try to better understand the two players who became synonymous with batting titles in the '80s and '90s. Both were hailed as excellent players during their time, so what can we learn? Advanced stats shed some light on just how excellent they were, and allow us to evaluate their all-around game. The hosts wrap it up with another round of Roll The Stat, the greatest advanced stat guessing game developed in the last decade, in which they guess career wOBAs of other former batting champs. It will be the best two hours you spend this week.
77 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
62 - Statcast Pitching Measurements
Mark and Andy are back for another installment in their exploration of Statcast measurements. This time, they focus on the pitching side of things. We always hear about velocity and spin rate, but do we really understand what makes a pitcher effective? Your hosts attempt to sort through all the numbers and determine what it all means. What they find is that it is not always clear what makes an effective pitcher. Looking at other measurements like extension and movement help, but it's still not obvious what it all means. Included in the episode is a quick digression into the "peak 7" component of JAWS, as well as a round of everyone's favorite advanced stat guessing game Roll The Stat. Listen or get made fun of in the school yard.
91 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
61 - The Wax Pack
Mark and Andy are joined by special guest Brad Balukjian, the author of the exceptional new book The Wax Pack. Mr. Balukjian gives some insight into how the book came about and what makes it so special. The hosts help him break down the players featured in the book, both personally and statistically. While Mr. Balukjian is able to show a side of the players that makes them more human, Mark and Andy attempt to reduce them down to a series of numbers and accomplishments. Our guest plays along in a scintillating round of Which Was Bigger?, while Mark and Andy wrap up the episode with good ol' Roll The Stat, your favorite quarantine advanced baseball stat guessing game. It all makes for one of the best episodes of the BBBA podcast yet.
84 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
60 - Statcast Offensive Measurements
Mark and Andy are back to where it all started, introducing advanced stats one episode at a time. This time though, there's a little twist in that the "stats" are really just measurements, and instead of one, they talk about four or five different ones. The topic this time around is Statcast stats, and to start their investigation, your hosts are looking at offensive measurements: exit velocity, launch angle, lead distance, and sprint speed. Mark and Andy break down these divisive metrics in an effort to better understand how they're measured and what they mean. Leaderboards and loserboards are utilized to help sort out what kinds of numbers are typical, and which major leaguers have extreme values in all categories. The episode is wrapped up with a round of Roll The Stat, in which the hosts guess players' sprint speeds. Please listen and play along and see if you can also become a Statcast expert.
107 minutes | Feb 18, 2020
59 - Don Mattingly & Kirby Puckett
The careers of Don Mattingly and Kirby Puckett, although divergent in many ways--big-market vs. small-market, first baseman vs. center fielder, Hall of Famer vs. Just Really Good--also overlap considerably. The single-franchise heroes essentially played during the same seasons and have remarkably similar statistical profiles. Each one was regarded as a superstar during a career that was cut short by injury/illness. How does each player fare under the advanced stats microscope? Is Puckett's HoF induction warranted? Is Mattingly's exclusion? Mark and Andy take turns dissecting the careers to allow you to draw your own conclusions. The hosts finish it off with a round of Roll The Stat in which they guess the career WHIPs of AL All-Star pitchers from 1986-1989. If that's something you do regularly anyway, this episode is definitely made for you.
89 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
58 - The 2019 Third Annual Inaugural BBBA Awards Show
The 2019 calendar year and season can finally be properly wrapped up, as Mark and Andy are back for their third installment of the BBBA Awards. Along with giving their takes on the existing inferior awards (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young), your hosts give their own recognition to players for accomplishments both good and bad. Among awards that return this year are The Bergen Award, The Tiny Glove, and The Balboni Award, while new additions include the LaMarr Hoyt Award and the Jeff Burroughs Award. The hosts wrap it up with a scintillating version of Roll The Stat by guessing 2019 hitters' career Runs Created. Listen and celebrate the 2019 season in all its holiday glory.
86 minutes | Nov 23, 2019
57 - Card Back Stats
Mark and Andy are back to revamp the stats on the backs of baseball cards. Although they didn't completely do away with traditional stats, there are plenty of more advanced stats that deserve a place among the 14 or so columns shown on the cardboard for both hitters and pitchers. They didn't quite reach consensus yet, but started the conversation and made some definitive choices (sorry, wins and saves) about certain stats. The leaderboards from 2019 were used to give some context to the stats being discussed, and the episode wraps up--as always--with a scintillating round of Roll The Stat. Can you guess pitchers' career K/9? The hosts discover a simple trick for always guessing correctly. Listen to find out!
83 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
56 - Phillies Catchers
Mark and Andy are back with your favorite advanced baseball stats podcast after a brief hiatus. The topic this time is Phillies catchers. Your hosts investigate the men who have played the position over the years through the lens of advanced stats. The names range from Darren Daulton to Andy Seminick to more recent luminaries like J. T. Realmuto and Jorge Alfaro. The episode wraps up with a BBBA staple, Roll The Stat. Play along with your hosts and try out your newfound Phillies catchers expertise.
103 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
55 - NL East Mt Rushmores
In the final installment of their summer programming, Mark and Andy break down the Mount Rushmores for all five teams in the current National League East. Controversy ensues as the hosts debate, along with listeners and Twitter followers, the legitimacy of candidates and even of the existence of certain teams. Both podcasters have emotional ties to teams from the division, which made the task all the more difficult. Listen and play along in another round of Roll The Stat, in which Mark and Andy guess--*gasp*--batting averages of NL East hitters. It's a fitting cap to a fun series.
94 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
54 - NL West Mt Rushmores
Mark and Andy bring you the fifth out of six episodes in their Mount Rushmores series, in which they determine the faces for the teams of the National League West. This may have been the most difficult division to date, as each team presented decisions that could have gone any of several different ways. Ultimately though, there can be only four. As always, we hear from listeners and Twitter followers who help shape the mountainsides with their opinions and wacky takes. Finally, the hosts play a little Roll The Stat, in which they guess career WHIPs for pitchers who played for at least two National League West teams.
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