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Baseball is the perfect sport for conversation, and no one can converse about it better than the Baseball Rabbi, one of the world's greatest experts on advanced statistics, sabermetrics, and baseball history. Join Pesach Wolicki and Scott Kahn as they apply advanced metrics to the Major Leagues, reevaluate historical assumptions, and discover new baseball trends and theories that will leave you questioning everything you assumed you knew about the National Pastime.
 
Who Are You: The Life Lessons of Sports introduces us to extraordinary people who share personal stories about their relationship with sports well beyond the scoreboard. Joining our team gives you access to moving interviews as our guests explore and address their motivation, internal drive, risk, courage, and perseverance. Whether you watch, participate, compete, play, or coach, join us as we uncover the extraordinary power of sports 7 days a week. Listen to interviews with sports legends f ...
 
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To help celebrate the 300th episode of the podcast, legendary broadcaster Bob Costas joins the boys to talk about the three questions he gets asked the most, who he weirdly gets mistaken for, signing autographs as Bob Cutlass, appearing in BASEketball (and Pootie Tang!), that bet he made with Kirby Puckett back in 1986 and, of course, a little base…
 
Max Scherzer struck out victim number 3000 (he's the 19th guy to do it), pitched an immaculate inning, and had a perfect game into the eighth inning... and if you wanted to find out more while this was going on, you needed to scroll down on ESPN's website. Yes, baseball continues to lose popularity, and the Baseball Rabbi identifies the Rays as exe…
 
Newly-minted president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Josh Rawitch joins the boys to talk about his recent cross-country roadtrip from Arizona to New York, stopping off in Dyersville, Iowa, for a game of catch (and historic baseball game!) at the Field of Dreams movie site, whether or not he can be blamed for those Diamondbacks un…
 
"I think the thing that surprises me is when September 1st comes around every year...no one really talks about it." On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first starting nine consisting of all Black and Latino players. Bruce Markusen, author of The Team That Changed Baseball, Al Oliver and Manny Sanguillen join the boys to reflect…
 
The San Francisco Giants have been the surprise of the baseball season; they could lose every game until the end of the season and still end up with a record significantly better than we anticipated back in April. How, exactly, are they doing it? That's where the questions start, but not where they end; there's something weird happening by the Bay,…
 
Two months ago, the NL MVP was clearly Jacob deGrom or - if you insisted on voting for a position player - Fernando Tatis, Jr. Well, things change fast in baseball, and the race is both wide open and fascinating. Pesach and Scott offer their insights as to where it's going, and discuss whether Zack Wheeler can be the MVP (after all, he's got the hi…
 
Just in time for the Chicago White Sox to play host to the New York Yankees at the “Field of Dreams” Movie Site, operations manager Roman Weinberg leads the boys on a tour of the iconic farmhouse from the film, explains the “how” and “why” the land situated on Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa was selected and, ultimately, how it became one of the b…
 
Former All-American pitcher Danielle O'Toole joins the boys to talk about representing Mexico during the 2020 Olympics, chasing down Pau Gasol (and running into Yao Ming) while in Tokyo, growing up a fan of the Jackass franchise and how she ultimately ended up getting a role alongside Johnny Knoxville and the gang in their upcoming movie.…
 
Kevin Thomas and Vince Biffle from the Global Barber Federation join the boys to talk about how they got their start cutting hair, why they approached the Rocket City Trash Pandas with the idea of putting a barbershop in Toyota Field (and why more teams should) and, of course, what athlete needs their help the most.…
 
This might have been the most exciting trade deadline in years - or ever?- and MLB deserves kudos for actually doing something right for a change. And while most contenders worked to improve their chances at making the postseason or going on a deep playoff run, that doesn't mean that any given team is necessarily better off today than it was last w…
 
Baseball artist and illustrator Josée Tellier joins the boys to talk about her recent involvement (and victory!) in the Josh Gibson Card Art Tournament, lists her favorite Montréal Expos of all-time, expresses her hatred of the Washington Nationals and, of course, shares some secrets of the city that never sleeps…Sherbrooke, Quebec!…
 
Renowned master of cue cards Wally Feresten joins the boys to talk about how a rejected after school special helped lead to his 30-plus year career working at Saturday Night Live, reveals who is the best (and the notso best) when it comes to reading cue cards, dishes on some of the athletes that make their way backstage and how Carl Yastrzemski end…
 
The National League Central is so different from the chaotic NL East: each team's actual record is close to where advanced analytics says that the team should be. But the division is full of storylines, and the Baseball Rabbi offers them to you on a silver platter. The Brewers are actually really good, but in ways you might have missed. The Reds ar…
 
Kevin Martinez, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Seattle Mariners, joins the boys to talk about how he got his start with the team, the stunt that he was sure would get him fired (HINT: it was Turn Ahead the Clock Night), the thrill of handling the marketing of some of baseball’s biggest stars and that time WrestleMania…
 
The Baseball Rabbi made lists of the five most memorable seasons for each position, but listing significant catcher seasons poses a unique challenge. What makes catcher different from every other position? How can we compare modern catchers with catchers from before 2008? (Answer: We can't.) Join Pesach and Scott for a deep dive into catchers, star…
 
On July 12, 1979, close to 50,000 baseball (and music) fans crowded Comiskey Park to show their hatred of disco music. To call what happened that night in Chicago a "mistake" would be an understatement. Former big league infielder Greg Pryor was there and witnessed "Disco Demolition Night" firsthand. To listen to the entire interview, CLICK HERE.…
 
SuperBowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann joins the boys to talk about how close he was to becoming a professional baseball player instead of an NFL MVP, recalls his historic one yard punt (and, yes, that leg-shattering sack by Lawrence Taylor), goes behind-the-scenes of his movie and television career and previews the upcoming American Century C…
 
It's been one hundred years, and finally baseball has a Shohei Ohtani... but his uniqueness transcends his ability to be two different players. Pesach and Scott look at what he's doing, why it matters, and what his future might hold. Elsewhere in the American League West, the Houston Astros have a historically good offense, though their ability to …
 
Pesach and Scott had similar lists of their favorite seasons by shortstops, first basemen, and second basemen, but their lists diverge when it comes to third base. Brett or Brooks? Eddie Mathews or Adrian Beltre? One Mike Schmidt season or two (or three or four or five)? It's all about the strange nature of third base, and how it has changed drasti…
 
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen joins the boys to talk about his recent re-watch of his MVP award-winning performance in the 1985 World Series, that famous (infamous?) Ford commercial, whether or not he took anything while visiting The White House, both of his appearances on The Tonight Show, his love affair with golf and SabesWings,…
 
As the season passes game 70, Pesach and Scott look carefully at what may be MLB's most fascinating division, the National League East. Jacob deGrom may be having the greatest pitching season in history and can lead a strong starting staff to the Promised Land... if only the team could actually hit. (Although Pesach says that the Mets' terrible hit…
 
Legendary baseball agent Don Nomura joins the boys to talk about the numerous stops on his professional journey (and how his brief baseball career saved him from being killed in a liquor store), representing Japanese superstar Hideo Nomo at a time when his homeland had deemed him a traitor, the importance of the internationalization of baseball and…
 
What teams are the most disappointing of all time? Which teams should have been more memorable, or won more rings, than they actually did? Pesach and Scott each provide a list of the top (or bottom) five non-dynasties of all time (with only one team making both lists). After last week's addition of the current Yankees to the list - this time with m…
 
Yankee fans often complain about their team's inability to go all the way (2009 was a looong time ago), but that's only part of the story; the bigger issue is that since their last pennant, the Yankees have won more games than any other team, and have watched 13 other teams play in the World Series while they've stayed home. Is it time to change th…
 
Sean Gibson, executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, joins the boys to talk about the legacy of Josh Gibson, how close his great-grandfather came to breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, the current push to get the name of baseball’s MVP award changed and that time the greatest home run hitter in the Negro League history hit the…
 
So the Red Sox were basically innocent, right? Not so fast: die hard Sox fan Scott thinks that Manfred's punishment was a joke and that this is a BIG deal and a bit of a cover-up, whereas Pesach isn't so sure that the commissioner got it wrong. And as a sequel to our presentation of great teenage baseball players, the Baseball Rabbi offers the grea…
 
Rich Evans and Molly Willcox from the Bristol Baseball Club join the boys (again) to talk about how they first discovered baseball and picked their favorite teams, Major League Baseball’s ongoing identity crisis, America’s problem with selective and false memories and get introduced to the story of Glenn Burke by Lou.…
 
The American League East is becoming the most interesting division in baseball, not to mention the most talented, and Pesach and Scott are ready to uncover the storylines and narratives you need to be an educated baseball consumer. What flaws do the Yankees (baseball's best team for the past month) need to fix? What is the secret of the Red Sox suc…
 
LISTEN TO THIS CLASSIC EPISODE OF THE BASEBALL RABBI PODCAST! Al Kaline's bWAR was close to 93, making him one of the greatest right fielders in history. But when you look at his career stats, it's a little bit difficult to figure out how his WAR got that high. How can we explain his greatness? And in honor of Kaline's great play as a young Tiger (…
 
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