The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 1
The first guest for the inaugural episode of The Jonah Keri Podcast is Rany Jazayerli. A suburban Chicago dermatologist, you probably know him best for his work writing for Baseball Prospectus, with other contributions for ESPN.com, the Chicago Tribune, the Kansas City Star and numerous other publications. Rany invented “Pitcher Abuse Points”, a metric that monitors a starting pitcher’s workload and flags starts that could lead to future injuries or drops in performance. Many improvements have been made on pitcher-monitoring in the 12 years since PAP was invented, both in the sabermetric community and among major league teams. But Rany was one of the first baseball analysts to tackle the subject; he’s thrilled to see teams now steer clear of the 150-pitch death marches that broke many young pitchers’ careers (though he and I agree that we can and should do a lot more than merely count pitches if teams want to get the best results from their pitchers).
Here’s a rundown of Episode 1′s major topics:
- 1:40-9:07: How Rany launched my sportswriting career.
- 9:08-17:40: Rooting for lousy baseball teams builds character.
- 17:56-23:34: You can blame it all on Bill James.
- 24:00-36:00: Sabermetrics – Where are we at, where are we going, and where should we be going?
- 36:01-45:43: Rany and I discuss Islam, then bring religious harmony to America. (In less than 10 minutes! Nobel Peace Prize, please).
Rany’s amazing post on Abd el-Kader, and his post-9/11 opus, “A Plea for Tolerance”.
- 45:58-50:49: Food Pick of the Week
For my choice, see here, here, and here.
For Rany’s choice, head here.
Finally, big thanks to the following people for helping me get started:
And big, big, thanks to Rich Banks, a talented musician with lots of better things to do than help some Canadian blab about baseball and bagel joints, who was still kind enough to compose the music for the show. Make sure to listen to the clip at the end, cracks me up every time. You can check out Rich’s work at his Website or follow him on Twitter @RichBanksMusic.
Finally, feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Guests you want to hear (I’ve got a long wish list already compiled, including media types, sports execs, and delightful randoms), topics you want covered, you name it.
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Edited to add: Now you can subscribe on iTunes!