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                  THE BASEBALL RABBI PODCAST

 

Welcome to The Baseball Rabbi Podcast - where Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn talk sabermetrics and baseball history, with a dose of fandom, fWAR, and Fenway.

Jun 18, 2019

It's been asked regarding Victor Hugo whether a creative genius can also be relatively unintelligent; the baseball equivalent might be whether a member of the 400 home run club can also be a mediocre player. The answer, evidently, is yes (Hi there, Adam Dunn!); but was this always true? Does the same analysis apply to...


Jun 11, 2019

The Washington Nationals are on pace to do something pretty unusual: lead the league in starting pitcher WAR while losing most of their games. But they don't hold a candle to the '91 Indians, who pulled the trick while losing 105 games. (Read that again. 105 losses while leading MLB in starting pitcher WAR.) How does...


Jun 4, 2019

How good is Justin Verlander, really? That's not a question that's easy to answer, but at age 36, he's doing things that, if he keeps it up, have never been seen in baseball history. The best comparison might be the owner of the Triple-A Round Rock Express, who once was a pretty good pitcher himself, or Jim Palmer, who...


May 28, 2019

The Baseball Rabbi Podcast is constantly invoking WAR - wins above replacement - as the most telling of all advanced baseball stats. But how do we explain the instances where Fangraphs and Baseball Reference calculate drastically different WAR numbers for the same player? Using Tommy John as a test case, Pesach and...


May 21, 2019

Adrian Beltre is unquestionably a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest players we've ever seen. But where does he rank among all-time third basemen? Is he just a good player who stayed around long enough to compile amazing stats, or is he another Mike Schmidt? Can a player who wasn't an all star until he was 31...