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Beat the Shift Podcast – Sabermetrics Episode w/ Bill James

The Sabermetrics Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Bill James

Personal History

Sabermetrics Section

  • How has sabermetrics changed over the years?
  • What metric is Bill James most proud of creating?
    • Bring your dog to the park day
  • Ariel’s suggestion for Bill James’ Runs Created formula
  • Undervalued statistics in today’s game
  • The best defensive metrics to use
  • Closer by Committee in baseball today
  • Beating the Shift
  • Similarity Scores

Injury Guru Trivia of the Week

  • Career batting averages – Ariel vs. Bill

Baseball Across the Decades

  • Greatest Players of all time
    • Hitter – Babe Ruth
    • Pitcher – Roger Clemens
  • How would Babe Ruth & past baseball players stack up against 2021’s major leaguers?
  • Expansion in Baseball

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Trading Episode w/ Fred Zinkie

The Trading Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Fred Zinkie

Strategy Section

Trading

  • General Trading Philosophy
  • When to look for a trade vs. playing the waiver wire
  • Identifying what to trade for, and who to trade on your roster
    • High gradient categories
  • How to negotiate trades
    • Should you make offers close to final, or low-ball with room to negotiate?
    • Sending out bad trade offers
    • Taking the time to explain trade offers to others
    • Negotiating with one team alone vs. pitting one team against the other
      • Never divulge trade negotiations directly
  • Does standings position matter for trade needs?
    • Decreasing risk / diversifying when you have a lead
    • Increasing risk when far behind
  • Fairness of Trades
    • Top teams trading with bottom teams
    • Instituting pay scales throughout the entire standings
    • Reinsurance’s take on fairness in fantasy sports
    • Moving up the league’s trade deadline

Fernando Tatis Jr.

  • Were we wrong earlier in the season advocating to trade him?
    • Recap of Tatis trade advice from earlier this season
    • Trust the process, not the results
  • Risk comparison to Luis Castillo (underperformance)
  • Risk comparison to Adalberto Mondesi (health risk)
  • League depth matters

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Episode w/ Jerry Blevins (Former MLB Pitcher)

The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Jerry Blevins, Former Major League Pitcher

Interview

  • All-Star Game Uniforms
  • Life after baseball
  • Jerry Blevins Trivia
  • Game planning
    • Pitching to power versus contact batters
  • Thoughts on new MLB rule changes
    • 3 Batter Minimum
    • Extra Innings Rule
    • 7 Inning Doubleheaders
  • Sticky Substances Ban
  • Cheating in Baseball
  • Injury counts on the rise
  • Progression of baseball analytics throughout Jerry’s career
  • Balance of scouting & analytics in baseball
  • Pitching against childhood hero, Ken Griffey Jr.
  • The Love of Baseball
  • Philly Cheasestakes in the visiting clubhouse
  • Autograph story – Jeremy Blevins

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Episode w/ Howard Johnson (HoJo)

The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Howard Johnson (HoJo), Former Major League All-Star & 2x World Series Champion

Interview

  • Life after baseball
  • Breakthrough moment of career
  • Being on-deck during the infamous Mookie Wilson at-bat of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
  • Ariel’s father asks HoJo a question – Playing different positions
  • Analytics in the 1980s
  • Analytics during the coaching days
  • Davey Johnson / Sparky Anderson as coaches
  • HoJo’s closest teamate friends today
  • Comeback at age 50 with the Rockland Boulders
  • Grandson Tanner Johnson’s accident
  • The 30/30 club
  • The Dave Bergman HR game in 1984
  • HoJo is 20 in Hebrew!
  • Switching uniform number briefly to 44
  • Pete Alonso HR Derby winner
  • Participating in 2 homerun derbys
  • Beating out Barry Bonds & Will Clark for the HR & RBI title in 1991

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Blue Jays Episode w/ Rob Silver

The Blue Jays Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Rob Silver

LABR Mixed Auction League Update

Ariel’s Softball League Update

Rob’s Personal History in Fantasy Baseball

All-Star Trivia

Strategy Section

  • Waiver Wire
    • Was bidding for Alek Manoah too high?
    • Does standing position matter when making bids?
    • Bidding on a dropped top-50 player.
    • Dropping closers late in-season to burn others’ FAAB.
  • Middle Relievers
    • Using middle relievers over 6th/7th starting pitchers in fantasy lineups.
    • Streaming middle relievers
  • Richard Rodriguez
    • Is there any action that fatnasy owners should take in the next week?
    • What is the probability that he will accumulate meaningful saves for the rest of the season?
  • Bench Slots
    • How to balance your roster with injuries vs. potential closer gambles vs. player streaming.

Toronto Blue Jays

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Episode w/ Devin Mesoraco (Former MLB Catcher)

The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Devin Mesoraco, Former Major League Catcher

Interview

  • Life after baseball
  • Breakthrough moment of career
  • Game planning
  • The best pitchers Devin ever caught
  • Analytics rise over the past few seasons
  • Analytics at the college level
  • Innings per start trends in the MLB
  • Sticky Substances
    • How long has this gone on in baseball?
    • Should MLB have cracked down mid-season?
    • Is it about the grip or about the spin rates?
    • Aroldis Chapman
    • Do catchers use sticky substances?
  • Coaches
    • The impact of pitching coaches
    • Dusty Baker
  • Idolizing Derek Jeter
  • Devin’s closest friends from the MLB
  • The impact of fans on players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Fantasy All-Stars Roundtable Episode w/ Paul Sporer & Justin Mason (The Sleeper & The Bust)

The Fantasy All-Stars Roundtable Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guests: Paul Sporer & Justin Mason (The Sleeper & The Bust)

Injury Guru Trivia of the Week

1st Half Fantasy MVP – Hitters

1st Half Fantasy MVP – Pitchers

1st Half Fantasy MVP – Waiver Wire

Buy Low Players

Sell High Players

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Lone Star State Episode w/ Kevin Goldstein

The Lone Star State Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Kevin Goldstein

Personal history in the business

Texas Rangers

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Beat the Shift Podcast – DC Area Episode w/ Britt Ghiroli

The DC Area Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Britt Ghiroli

Personal history in the business

Strategy Section

  • 2021 Doubleheaders – Setting fantasy lineups

Sticky Substances

Washington Nationals

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Beat the Shift Podcast – Angels Episode w/ Jeff Fletcher

The Angels Episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register

Personal history in the business

Los Angeles Angels

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