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Earning Their Stripes: Keith Law Interview

Fish Stripes: for Miami Marlins fans

Keith Law, senior baseball writer for The Athletic, joins Ely Sussman to send us into the MLB offseason with a bang. Keith shares his overview of the Marlins farm system and the differences that new ownership has made, his evaluations of JJ Bleday, Peyton Burdick, Edward Cabrera, Eury Pérez and Jazz Chisholm Jr. (among others), plus we get a sneak peek at his 2021-22 free agent rankings. You probably already follow Keith on Twitter (@keithlaw), but it’s never too late to remedy that. Check out his books, The Inside Game and Smart Baseball. Complete Marlins coverage at FishStripes.com. ***** Shop ExoGun for the most powerful handheld massagers! Save 10% OFF sitewide when using discount code FISHSTRIPES. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


4 Nov 2021

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Bias, Behavior, and Baseball with Keith Law

The Convergence - An Army Mad Scientist Podcast

In this latest episode of “The Convergence,” we talk with Keith Law, Senior Baseball Writer at The Athletic, which he joined in January 2020 after spending thirteen and a half years at ESPN. Before joining ESPN.com in June 2006, Keith spent just over four years as the Special Assistant to the GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, and prior to that had written for Baseball Prospectus. Keith Law is the author of Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, published in April 2017; and The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves, published in April of this year. In today’s podcast, Keith Law discusses the parallels between baseball and the Information Environment, how stats skew our thinking, and the implications of anchoring bias: The brain develops cognitive biases to manage extensive information. These biases lead information consumers to draw false conclusions and ignore conflicting data. Anchoring bias occurs when the brain latches onto the first piece of information, even if it is irrelevant to what you are working on. Creating radical change in a large, traditional organization, like the Army or a sports team, is best done through an individualized grassroots effort. Radical change, especially from people new to the organization, does not usually “win hearts and minds.” Information environments are full of persistent yet harmful beliefs. These need to be addressed, as those with these beliefs are often more aggressive about promoting their viewpoints. “Credibly foolish beliefs” benefit from a “first mover” advantage. These irrational narratives are rarely challenged by peers. Once these fallacies are adopted, they are difficult to let go. Data collection tools are becoming democratized, leading to individuals having more agency over information. To become a better writer, future analysts should work to become better readers, especially when it comes to reading books and articles outside the genre they write in. For people with a STEM background, being able to write well provides a personal competitive advantage for future employment. Stay tuned to the Mad Scientist Laboratory for our next podcast which, given the West's current focus on blunting China's ambitions, will feature last year’s interview with Doowan Lee discussing disinformation, changes over time in approaches to information warfare, and revisionism and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on 19 Aug 2022.


5 Aug 2021

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Furness H1 - Kelenic and Gilbert debut tonight / Keith Law on M's prospects / Power Play: Henman scouting report / Cleats vs. Cancer

The Ian Furness Show

It's been rumored for a few days, and it's finally official; Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert will both make their long-awaited debuts tonight at T-Mobile Park. The Athletic's Keith Law to give us his scouting report on the two young prospects, plus others still working their way through the Mariners system. Speaking of scouting reports, Ian received one for our first player in the Kraken organization, Luke Henman. On Something Good, raising money and awareness, it's Cleats vs Cancer at French Field in Kent.


13 May 2021

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Episode 235 - Keith Law Joins the Show

Bat Flips And Nerds

The brilliant Keith Law, national baseball writer for The Athletic, prospect and draft savant, all round good egg and author of the best selling books 'Smart Baseball' and 'The Inside Game' joins John to discuss:- Being back at the ballpark- The 2020 draft, and his No. 1 pick 'sleeper'- His new book, The Inside Game- Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa- Not sticking to sports.This is a fun one!

1hr 25mins

10 May 2021

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Season 11 Episode 7- Keith Law, Devin Gordon

The Sports-Casters

Steve interviews Keith Law (00:13:37) from The Athletic. Keith joins us to talk about some of his recent work at The Athletic and his book being released on paperback. Keith explains why this isn't a great MLB Draft to hold the 1.1 pick, talks about the best prospects in the upcoming draft, and talks about the best prospects not in Major League Baseball on opening day. Keith also talks about his book being released on paperback, the response to it, and questions he is often asked when doing interviews. Keith also spends a few minutes taking questions on board games. Also, Devin Gordon(001:00:33) joins us to talk about his new book about the New York Mets. The Mets have invented more ways to lose than anyone thought was possible and Devin has written the perfect book to document all of them. We talk about famous Mets losses like 1988 against the Dodgers, 2006 without swinging the bat, and 2015 agains the Kansas City Royals. The Royals? Yep. The book is a ton of fun and so was my time with Devin.Steve starts the withe the sports media minute. The book club needs a book. OLT ends the show with Steve talking getting the vaccine and then falling asleep for a few days. For more information follow the podcast on twitter @sports_castersEmail: thesportscasters@gmail.com

1hr 48mins

23 Apr 2021

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Prospect Talk with Keith Law

Circling the Bases – Fantasy Baseball

Chris (@Crawford_MILB) is joined by special guest Keith Law (@keithlaw) to discuss the state of the prospect evaluating industry, analyse the top players in the upcoming MLB Draft, and break down some Oscar nominees (and snubs).


15 Apr 2021

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Jays' prospect watch, Atkins "failure" in Callaway scandal & Spring Training update with Keith Law

Spin Rate: A show about the Toronto Blue Jays

Drew and Kaitlyn welcome senior baseball writer for The Athletic, Keith Law, to the show! Keith shares his approach to scouting and writing about prospects in the era of Covid (4:00). What's Keith's stance on evaluating info he receives from scouts, execs, etc. he has a sturdy, existing relationship with compared to ones' he doesn't (11:00)? Kaitlyn is given a lesson in Organization 101 by Keith (14:30--jury's still out if she learned anything). The gaggle of podcasters then turn their attention towards Jays' prospects, including Gabriel Moreno (19:00), Austin Martin (22:45), and Alejandro Kirk as well as the farm system as a whole (28:00). Next, Drew and Kaitlyn discuss the Mickey Callaway controversy and Ross Atkins' "failure" to recognize Callaway's behavior while both were a part of the Indians' organization (40:00). The two end the show looking at Spring Training headlines (53:00).Follow Drew on Twitter: @DrewGROFFollow Kaitlyn on Twitter: @kaitlyncmcgrathFollow Keith Law on Twitter: @keithlawJoin The Athletic for just $3.99 a month! Visit: theathletic.com/spinrate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 15mins

11 Mar 2021

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8: State of the White Sox farm system with Keith Law

Sox Machine

Show Rundown:Intro2:03 - Andrew Vaughn8:35 - Michael Kopech9:31 - Nick Madrigal11:17 - Garrett Crochet13:41 - State of the Farm / Matthew Thompson19:26 - White Sox teenage position prospects22:05 - Yoelqui Céspedes23:52 - Jake Burger & Luis Gonzalez 27:05 - Jonathan Stiever 29:05 - P.O. Sox Questions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


19 Feb 2021

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FanGraphs Audio: Alex Avila and Keith Law Know Their Stuff

FanGraphs Audio

Episode 907 This week on FanGraphs Audio, we talk shop with a major league backstop, get into the nuts and bolts of prospect lists, and plug the latest FanGraphs merch. To begin the program, David Laurila is joined by Alex Avila. They discuss how the game has changed since Avila debuted in 2009, from the […]


29 Jan 2021

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Keith Law on scouting, developing talent, and preventing cognitive bias

Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar

On todays showKeith is currently a senior baseball writer for the Athletic. He previously wrote for ESPN.com and ESPN Scouts, Inc. and for Baseball Prospectus. Keith also worked in the front office for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2002-2006. On the show, we discuss scouting and its role in player development which includes a discussion on what traits can be taught, and what cant. Then we take a deep dive into analytics and what Keith thinks could be the most impactful information for the next decade. Time Stamps2:30- How Keith started in baseball8:30- Analytics11:30- Future Trends25:30- Scouting34:30 cognitive Biases40:00 Traits that we can develop and traits that are innate47:35- Acquiring players with traits you can develop53:00- Resources55:30- Last Things ContactThe AthleticPasteTwitterBlog ResourcesThinking Fast and Slow- Tversky and KahnemanInside Game- Keith LawSmart Baseball- Keith LawWhistling Vivaldi- SteeleBiased- Eberhardt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


7 Jan 2021