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Game of Chance

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Game of Chance is a weekly podcast about baseball stats, history, and culture which puts current events in a historical context and constantly questions what we think we know about the national pastime.

Latest Episodes

Game of Chance 20: Fielding Statistics

There have been many attempts over the years to quantify defense. Despite claims that current stats describe 60% of fielding, it's my opinion that little progress has been made. However, a new technology is coming which will soon change everything.

13 MIN2011 APR 16
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Game of Chance 20: Fielding Statistics

Game of Chance 19: Predictions

Spring is the time for guessing which players will have that long-awaited breakout season, which teams will surprise everyone and win a pennant, which ones will completely fall apart, and anything else that might happen in a baseball season. But calling them "predictions" doesn't make them any better than "guesses," even when the experts are talking.

8 MIN2011 APR 8
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Game of Chance 19: Predictions

Game of Chance 18: The Unbreakables (Part Two)

Is Ty Cobb's .366 lifetime batting average really an unbreakable record? What about Barry Bonds' 762 career home runs? Or Nolan Ryan's 5714 strikeouts? And will anyone ever hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases in a season?

13 MIN2010 OCT 2
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Game of Chance 18: The Unbreakables (Part Two)

Game of Chance 17: The Unbreakables (Part One)

The breaking of records is often surrounded by controversy. We have a tendency to defend the past as somehow superior to the present. Which of baseball's great records are unbreakable because a player was extraordinary? And which because the game has changed? What records are the most interesting to think about?

10 MIN2010 SEP 25
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Game of Chance 17: The Unbreakables (Part One)

Game of Chance 16: Tough Guys

In 1972 Steve Blass suddenly lost the ability to control his pitches. Thirty years later, the same thing happened to Rick Ankiel. We expect professional athletes to be stoic, unaffected by danger and injury, but the culture of baseball can have profound consequences on the performance of even the most elite athletes.

12 MIN2010 SEP 17
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Game of Chance 16: Tough Guys

Game of Chance 15: Why Baseball Has Statistics

Right from its beginnings in the 1800s, baseball has been accompanied by a barrage of numbers. Why are statistics so important to baseball? Why did they develop so naturally, and why have they remained so fascinating for so long? What makes baseball different from football, basketball, and hockey?

11 MIN2010 SEP 11
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Game of Chance 15: Why Baseball Has Statistics

Game of Chance 14: Pitch Counts

In the past month two pitchers have been pulled from games while in the process of throwing a no-hitter. In general, pitchers today don't throw as many pitches as they used to. What's the deal with pitch counts? Do they really help keep pitchers healthy? Or do they prevent them from building the endurance they need to have long careers?

12 MIN2010 SEP 4
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Game of Chance 14: Pitch Counts

Game of Chance 13: The Legend of Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is often referred to as the second best shortstop ever. Is this accurate? Where does Jeter fit among the greats?

10 MIN2010 AUG 27
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Game of Chance 13: The Legend of Derek Jeter

Game of Chance 12: Speed (Part One)

Speed is an exciting part of baseball, but how important is it for an offense to have fast players? Whitey Herzog had a lot of success with fast teams, but Earl Weaver and many others have had success with slow-running power-hitting teams. Is there a place for the traditional leadoff hitter in today's game?

9 MIN2010 AUG 20
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Game of Chance 12: Speed (Part One)

Game of Chance 11: Taking Stock: The 2010 Mets

Every year the Mets' payroll is one of the highest in baseball and their results are mediocre. What's going on? What are the problems and what do Mets fans have to look forward to?

12 MIN2010 AUG 7
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Game of Chance 11: Taking Stock: The 2010 Mets

Latest Episodes

Game of Chance 20: Fielding Statistics

There have been many attempts over the years to quantify defense. Despite claims that current stats describe 60% of fielding, it's my opinion that little progress has been made. However, a new technology is coming which will soon change everything.

13 MIN2011 APR 16
Comments
Game of Chance 20: Fielding Statistics

Game of Chance 19: Predictions

Spring is the time for guessing which players will have that long-awaited breakout season, which teams will surprise everyone and win a pennant, which ones will completely fall apart, and anything else that might happen in a baseball season. But calling them "predictions" doesn't make them any better than "guesses," even when the experts are talking.

8 MIN2011 APR 8
Comments
Game of Chance 19: Predictions

Game of Chance 18: The Unbreakables (Part Two)

Is Ty Cobb's .366 lifetime batting average really an unbreakable record? What about Barry Bonds' 762 career home runs? Or Nolan Ryan's 5714 strikeouts? And will anyone ever hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases in a season?

13 MIN2010 OCT 2
Comments
Game of Chance 18: The Unbreakables (Part Two)

Game of Chance 17: The Unbreakables (Part One)

The breaking of records is often surrounded by controversy. We have a tendency to defend the past as somehow superior to the present. Which of baseball's great records are unbreakable because a player was extraordinary? And which because the game has changed? What records are the most interesting to think about?

10 MIN2010 SEP 25
Comments
Game of Chance 17: The Unbreakables (Part One)

Game of Chance 16: Tough Guys

In 1972 Steve Blass suddenly lost the ability to control his pitches. Thirty years later, the same thing happened to Rick Ankiel. We expect professional athletes to be stoic, unaffected by danger and injury, but the culture of baseball can have profound consequences on the performance of even the most elite athletes.

12 MIN2010 SEP 17
Comments
Game of Chance 16: Tough Guys

Game of Chance 15: Why Baseball Has Statistics

Right from its beginnings in the 1800s, baseball has been accompanied by a barrage of numbers. Why are statistics so important to baseball? Why did they develop so naturally, and why have they remained so fascinating for so long? What makes baseball different from football, basketball, and hockey?

11 MIN2010 SEP 11
Comments
Game of Chance 15: Why Baseball Has Statistics

Game of Chance 14: Pitch Counts

In the past month two pitchers have been pulled from games while in the process of throwing a no-hitter. In general, pitchers today don't throw as many pitches as they used to. What's the deal with pitch counts? Do they really help keep pitchers healthy? Or do they prevent them from building the endurance they need to have long careers?

12 MIN2010 SEP 4
Comments
Game of Chance 14: Pitch Counts

Game of Chance 13: The Legend of Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter is often referred to as the second best shortstop ever. Is this accurate? Where does Jeter fit among the greats?

10 MIN2010 AUG 27
Comments
Game of Chance 13: The Legend of Derek Jeter

Game of Chance 12: Speed (Part One)

Speed is an exciting part of baseball, but how important is it for an offense to have fast players? Whitey Herzog had a lot of success with fast teams, but Earl Weaver and many others have had success with slow-running power-hitting teams. Is there a place for the traditional leadoff hitter in today's game?

9 MIN2010 AUG 20
Comments
Game of Chance 12: Speed (Part One)

Game of Chance 11: Taking Stock: The 2010 Mets

Every year the Mets' payroll is one of the highest in baseball and their results are mediocre. What's going on? What are the problems and what do Mets fans have to look forward to?

12 MIN2010 AUG 7
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Game of Chance 11: Taking Stock: The 2010 Mets
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