FanGraphs Audio: Michael Baumann Goes Back to the Future

Episode 869

I welcome Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann to the program to discuss his recent piece on the Cleveland Browns and football’s burgeoning analytics revolution. We discuss the insights offered by erstwhile baseball executive Paul DePodesta on the lessons he took from the rise of empirics in baseball and the mistakes from sabermetrics early days that he’s keen to avoid in a football front office. Plus, Michael shares the things he’s most keen to watch in the final month of the regular season.

You can read Michael’s Paul DePodesta Browns piece here. You should also check out his recent deep-dive on Shane Bieber. And be sure to follow him on twitter @MichaelBaumann.

Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @megrowler on Twitter.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 51 min play time.)

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs, the host of FanGraphs Audio, and the co-co-host of Effectively Wild. Her work has previously appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside.

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I love baseball, I play fantasy baseball and rely upon Fangraphs/Rotographs to make a lot of my decisions. I like football but do not love it, and I do not like fantasy football. However, I would think that Fangraphs, as popular as it is, could make a killing with a Footballgraphs site. What the heck, you could call it “NotGraphs.” LOL. Anyway, I think it is a good idea, probably Appleman has already thought about this and maybe it’s in the works, maybe not. I would not want any fewer staff or dollars on the Fangraphs/Rotographs side of things to support a footballgraphs, otherwise, go for it.

Thanks for having Baumann on. Keep up the good work, Meg.