Recent Guests

Louis Passfield
Louis Passfield

Professor of Sport Science
University of Kent and University of Calgary
https://www.kent.ac.uk

Professor Louis Passfield is an academic and applied scientist with 30 years experience in Sports Science. As an applied Sports Scientist Louis has been part of several British Olympic Cycling teams. Louis' academic research also tends to feature cycling and he has authored a number of papers modelling cycling performance and training. His current research is primarily focused on determining how we can use data from wearables to introduce science into the process of exercise training. He is also curious about how we can improve learning, and the science of complexity.

Episodes: 7/19/2017 @9:00 AM, 7/6/2016 @8:00 AM


Dan Rosenheck
Dan Rosenheck

The Economist
Data Editor
http://www.economist.com/

Dan Rosenheck is the editor of The Economist’s data team, writing quantitatively-driven stories on a broad range of topics and providing editorial supervision for data journalists. His specialist subjects include accounting, sovereign debt, law, Latin America and sport. He also edits the Game Theory sports blog and covers wine for Intelligent Life, The Economist’s Lifestyle magazine. Dan previously served as a foreign correspondent in Argentina, bureau chief in Mexico City, and deputy Americas editor in London, and covered the business of professional-services firms in New York. He graduated from Harvard College in 2004.

Twitter - @DanRosenheck

Episode: 7/19/2017 @8:30 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Jon Wertheim
Jon Wertheim

Executive Editor and Senior Writer
Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/author/jon-wertheim

L. Jon Wertheim, the executive editor and a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology numerous times, as well as in The Best American Crime Writing. He is the author of seven highly praised books: Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Running the Table: The Legend of Kid Delicious, the Last Great American Pool Hustler (2008, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); Transition Game: How Hoosiers Went Hip-Hop (2006, Riverhead Trade); Venus Envy: A Sensational Season Inside the Women's Tennis Tour (2001, HarperCollins); and Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel co-written with Jack McCallum (2006, Touchstone). His seventh book, Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played an(Show Full Bio)d Games Are Won—co-written with University of Chicago finance professor Tobias Moskowitz—uses economic principles to explain sports. It came out in January 2011 and was a New York Times best seller. He is currently working on a book with sportscaster Al Michaels.

Wertheim joined SI in 1996 and quickly became one of the magazine's most authoritative voices on tennis, the NBA, sports business and law and social issues. He has written some of the magazine's most memorable pieces. One of the chief investigative writers and reporters for SI, Wertheim has explored a wide range of subjects, from high school hazing to performance-enhancing drugs and steroids in sports. His weekly Tennis Mailbag on SI.com is considered a must read among tennis aficionados. He also speaks about sports business issues on college campuses and for corporate audiences.

A native of Bloomington, Ind., where his late father was a distinguished English professor at Indiana University, Wertheim cites past and present SI writers Frank Deford, Curry Kirkpatrick, Jack McCallum and Steve Rushin as sportswriting inspirations. He is also an admirer of John Updike and David Foster Wallace, as well as Martin Amis, Simon Barnes and John McPhee.

Wertheim is 1993 graduate of Yale University and received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. He resides in New York City with his wife, Ellie, a divorce mediator and family lawyer. The couple has a son and daughter. Asked what he considers his favorite sport to cover, Wertheim says he is partial to tennis. "It's a beautiful sport between the lines," he says, "a mixed gendered and international cast, and a bottomlessly rich subject material."

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @9:30 AM, 2/1/2017 @9:30 AM, 2/24/2016 @8:00 AM


Keith Law
Keith Law

Senior Baseball Writer, ESPN Insider; Analyst, Baseball Tonight; 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"
ESPN
http://www.espn.com/blog/keith-law

"I'm a a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight, focusing on all types of baseball analysis. Prior to joining ESPN, I worked in the front office for the Toronto Blue Jays, and was a writer for Baseball Prospectus in the late 1990s. I also write about boardgames, books, food, music, movies, and occasionally other topics. I'm also an obsessive maker of lists and rankings.

I'm a native New Yorker, but have lived all over the country and currently live in northern Delaware with my wife, daughter, and two more animals than I actually planned to have. Smart Baseball is my first book."

Twitter - @keithlaw
Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JFYVW5I/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Episode: 7/5/2017 @8:30 AM


Finbarr Kirwan
Finbarr Kirwan

High Performance Director
United States Olympic Committee
http://www.teamusa.org/

Finbarr Kirwan is a highly experienced management and sport performance professional. He is currently High Performance Director at the United States Olympic Committee and is responsible for leading a team of sport experts, supporting Team USA Olympic programs in Track and Field, Swimming, Equestrian, Shooting, Weightlifting and Golf. Finbarr is tasked with maximizing the medal count and supporting the USOC’s mission of sustained competitive excellence for Olympic sports.

Prior to the USOC, Finbarr was Director and National Lead for High Performance at The Irish Sports Council; the leading government agency for sport in Ireland. He had direct responsibility for funding and overseeing the strategic direction of Irish Olympic and Paralympic sports. He managed a quadrennial budget in excess of 60 million euro and oversaw the Olympic and Paralympic performance plans for London 2012, Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004. During Finbarr’s tenure, Ireland's Olympic and Paralympic medal count (Show Full Bio)increased over fivefold, from 4 medals in Athens to 21 medals in London.

Before his work in Ireland, Finbarr pursued a business career in Boston, MA. While in Boston, he progressed to the position of Vice President Client Services with a NASDAQ quoted technology company, SoundBite Communications. Prior to SoundBite, he was Director of Client Services at Hill Holliday - the largest Advertising Agency in Boston and he had direct responsibility for the management of some of the Agency’s largest clients. While in the US, he also ran competitively for Greater Boston Track Club. In these roles, Finbarr received a number of employee leadership awards and his business experiences have had a substantial impact on his career in High Performance sport.

He continues to enjoy running and lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children.

Episode: 7/5/2017 @9:00 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Dan Okrent
Dan Okrent

Founding Father of Fantasy Sports; Author; Former Editor at the New York Times, Time, and Life Magazines
http://www.danielokrent.com/

Daniel Okrent was the first public editor of The New York Times, editor-at-large of Time, Inc., and managing editor of Life magazine. He worked in book publishing as an editor at Knopf and Viking, and was editor-in-chief of general books at Harcourt Brace. He was also a featured commentator on Ken Burns’s PBS series, Baseball, and is author of four books, one of which, Great Fortune, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in history. Okrent was also a fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he remains an Associate.

Books - https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Okrent/e/B000APV4SC

Episode: 6/28/2017 @9:00 AM


Mark Glickman
Mark Glickman

Senior Lecturer on Statistics; Editor in Chief of "Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports"
Harvard University
https://statistics.fas.harvard.edu/people/mark-e-glickman

Dr. Mark Glickman, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, is Senior Lecturer on Statistics at the Harvard University Department of Statistics, and Senior Statistician at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, a Veterans Administration Center of Innovation. Prior to his joining Harvard, he was Research Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health. His research interests are primarily in the areas of statistical models for rating competitors in games and sports, and in statistical methods applied to problems in health services research.

Dr. Glickman's long-standing interest in methods for rating competitors in games and sports arose from his involvement in playing tournament chess, where he attained the title of U.S. national master in 1988. Dr. Glickman is known for having invented the Glicko and Glicko-2 rating systems, both of which have been adopted by many gaming organizations international(Show Full Bio)ly. These models stemmed from his Harvard docotoral dissertation on foundational probability models for rating competitors with time-varying abilities, a topic on which he has since published a number of scholarly papers, including methods for pairing competitors in tournaments.

Dr. Glickman has served as a member of the US Chess Ratings Committee since 1985, and has been the Chair of the Committee continuously since 1992. He has also served as Chair and Program Chair for the American Statistical Association's Section on Statistics in Sports, and has earned its award for Sports Statistician of the Year in 2009. He has co-founded and co-organizes the New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports, a bi-annual conference on the research and practice of applying statistical methods in sports. He was Associate Editor for the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 2012-2014, and has served as Editor-in-Chief since the start of 2015. At Harvard, he is the founding head of the new Lab for Sports Analytics.

Much of Dr. Glickman's publications have been in the realm of health services research. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Glickman's work critiquing the resource-based relative value scale algorithm for the Medicare Fee Schedule had led to his consultation to government agencies in Ontario and Alberta to help develop a statistical approach for medical fee schedule construction. He has received NIH and VA grants to study the genetic predisposition to disease onset for various cardiovascular diseases. More recently, he has developed statistical models for the detection of differential item functioning in health surveys, and helped to develop Bayesian meta-analysis models for indirect comparison of medical treatments. Among his activities outside his research, Dr. Glickman serves on NIH study sections for grant reviews, and is the editor of the "Here's to your Health" column in Chance magazine, a publication of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Glickman received his B.A. in Statistics at Princeton University in 1986 (Summa Cum Laude, phi beta kappa), and earned his M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) in Statistics at Harvard University. He is an amateur magician who incorporates magic tricks into his statistics classes, and a pianist and guitarist who has performed in rock bands over the years. He currently resides in Cambridge, MA.

Book - https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jqas
Personal Site - http://glicko.net

Episode: 6/21/2017 @8:30 AM


Sean Foreman
Sean Foreman

Founder
Baseball Reference
http://www.baseball-reference.com

Sean Forman was a mathematics professor at St. Joseph's University and is a baseball researcher. On April 1, 2000, he launched Baseball-Reference.com, which soon became one of the most popular statistical sites on the internet thanks to its simplified format in an age of dial-up connections when fancier sites took forever to load, plus stats not covered in those forums. The site has greatly expanded since then and in 2005 the BR Bullpen was created to add biographical and historical information to the numbers. This site would not exist if not for the work of Sean. He was also one of the founders of Baseball Think Factory.

In 2006 he won the award for best oral research presentation at the annual SABR convention and in 2011 he was honored with the Henry Chadwick Award.

Sean grew up in Iowa and earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences form the University of Iowa. He became a tenured professor of mathematics and computer science at St. Joseph's unive(Show Full Bio)rsity, but resigned in 2006 in order to devote his full attention to B-R.com.

Episode: 6/21/2017 @9:00 AM


Neil Paine
Neil Paine

Senior SportsWriter
FiveThirtyEight

Neil Paine is an analytics consultant for the Atlanta Hawks and will also soon be a senior sportswriter for ESPN's FiveThirtyEight.com. Neil is a recent graduate of the Georgia Tech's Science, Technology and Culture (STAC) Program. He possesses a broad knowledge of all sports and is also known as the sports-reference’s stellar basketball blogger.

Episodes: 6/14/2017 @9:00 AM, 12/21/2016 @9:00 AM, 1/27/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 12/17/2014 @8:00 AM, 8/6/2014 @8:00 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Patrick Lucey
Patrick Lucey

Director of Data Science
STATS
https://www.stats.com/

Patrick Lucey is currently the Director of Data Science at STATS. His charter is to maximize the value of fine-grained player tracking data currently captured in high-performance sports. Previously, Patrick was at Disney Research for 5 years, where he conducted research into automatic sports broadcasting using large amounts of spatiotemporal tracking data. Previous to that, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Patrick received his BEng(EE) from USQ and his PhD from QUT, Australia in 2003 and 2008 respectively. He was co-author of the best paper at the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and has won best paper awards at INTERSPEECH (2007) and WACV (2014) international conferences.

Personal Site - http://www.patricklucey.com

Episodes: 6/7/2017 @9:00 AM, 5/25/2016 @8:00 AM


Stephanie Kovalchik
Stephanie Kovalchik

Lead Data Scientist
Game Insight Group at Tennis Australia
http://on-the-t.com

Stephanie Kovalchik is the lead data scientist in the Game Insight Group at Tennis Australia, the governing body of tennis in Australia, and a Research Fellow in sports analytics at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University. Her research focuses on the use of statistical methods to understand performance, game strategy, and mentality in high-performance tennis. Stephanie received her PhD in statistics from UCLA and her Bachelor’s of Science from Caltech. She is also the creator of the tennis analytics blog On The T (on-the-t.com) and regularly writes about tennis there and on twitter @StatsOnTheT.

Twitter - @StatsOnTheT

Episode: 6/7/2017 @8:30 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Jeff Sackmann
Jeff Sackmann

Founder; Co-founder of College Splits; Author and Entrepreneur
TennisAbstract.com
http://www.tennisabstract.com/

Jeff Sackmann is an author and entrepreneur who has worked in the fields of sports statistics and test preparation.

In 2007, he co-founded (with Kent Bonham) College Splits, which aggregates amateur baseball data for MLB clubs and NCAA programs.

From 2006 to 2010, he ran Minor League Splits. He once wrote a weekly column for ESPN Insider during the college baseball season, has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Baseball Prospectus, and appeared on NPR's Morning Edition.

Jeff has written several GMAT textbooks: Total GMAT Math [PDF | print], Total GMAT Verbal [PDF | print], GMAT 111 [PDF | Kindle | print], and a set of 1,800 practice GMAT math problems [PDFs]. Jeff has worked with several major GMAT-prep companies to develop and improve their student resources.

Jeff also dabbles in tennis analytics. He has created Tennis Abstract, publishes tennis research at Heavy Topspin, and has contributed to The Economist, FiveThirtyEight, Tennis Magazine, The Wall (Show Full Bio)Street Journal, and ESPN.com.

In 2015, he spoke about tennis analytics at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference and published an extensive database of tennis results, rankings, and stats. He founded and maintains the Match Charting Project, which could really use your help.

A long time ago, Jeff was a professional saxophonist and bandleader. He performed with a variety of groups, including his own Oy Christina! jazz orchestra and James Brown's original "funky drummer," Clyde Stubblefield.

Four of his albums are available on Bandcamp, including two with his 15-piece jazz orchestra. He has published many of the complete charts, as well.

Twitter - @tennisabstract
Personal Site - http://www.jeffsackmann.com/
College Splits - http://www.collegesplits.com/

Episodes: 5/31/2017 @9:00 AM, 7/1/2015 @9:00 AM


Matthew Reiciher
Matthew Reiciher

Head Athletic Trainer and Exercise Sceintists
NY Sports Science Lab
http://nysportssciencelab.com/

Matthew brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments to the Sports Science Lab (SSL). Prior to joining SSL, Matthew spent the past decade with professional sports teams that include NBA team Brooklyn Nets and MLS team New York Red Bulls.

Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Dominican College and a Masters of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a dual concentration in rehabilitation sciences and sports psychology from the California University of Pennsylvania. He started his professional career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach with Brooklyn Nets, where he was appointed the youngest full-time Assistant Athletic Trainer in history of NBA at only 24 years old. His skills, expertise and dedication to athletes were widely recognized when he was named Eastern Conference Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game.

In 2013, Matthew was appointed as the Head Athletic Tra(Show Full Bio)iner for the MLS team New York Red Bulls. In that capacity, he oversaw the sports medicine department of the USL pro and academy teams, exhibiting a great deal of dedication to the athletes’ performance and safety. He collaborated with a variety of health care professionals and diligently followed MLS concussion protocol to produce a 100% safe return to play rate following injury. The injury prevention protocol that he created led to some of the lowest number of non-contact soft-tissue injuries per team in MLS since 2013. In collaboration with the sports science department, he utilized the state of the art tracking and assessment tools to monitor optimal performance and recovery of athletes. In order to ensure optimal performance of his athletes, he worked with the team nutritionist to provide healthy menus, safe supplementation and proper hydration for athletes.

Matthew is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist, sports nutritionist, performance enhancement specialist, level II speed coach, and a corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Episode: 5/24/2017 @8:30 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Luke Bornn
Luke Bornn

Vice President of Strategy and Analytics
the Sacramento Kings
http://www.nba.com/kings

Bornn joins the Kings organization after most recently serving as Head of Analytics for A.S. Roma of the Italian Serie A Football League, where he worked closely with managers, coaches and sports scientists to measure and evaluate athletes and performance. Concurrent with his tenure at Roma, the British Columbia native has served as a visiting scholar and professor at Harvard University in the Department of Statistics.

In addition to his academic acumen and professorships at Harvard and Simon Fraser University, Bornn is a frequent contributor to the field of sports analytics, authoring articles for the Journal for Quantitative Analysis, the Annals of Applied Statistics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association—providing insights on basketball-related topics such as NCAA Tournament forecasting, predicting possession outcomes in NBA contests and the spatial anatomy of defensive success.

Bornn is also a fixture at the renowned MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, co(Show Full Bio)-authoring six papers since 2014 covering a range of NBA disciplines such as mapping strategies, defensive metrics, ball movement and point predictions and real-time decision making utilizing optical tracking data. His work has been featured by Grantland.com, ESPN the Magazine, Bleacher Report, NBA.com, the Boston Globe and many others.

Episode: 5/17/2017 @9:30 AM


Rick Ankiel
Rick Ankiel

Former MLB Pitcher and Outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals; Author of "The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life"
http://www.espn.com/mlb/player/stats/_/id/4159/rick-ankiel

Rick Ankiel, who was a Major League pitcher and outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, among other teams for eleven seasons, retired in 2013 as the first player since Babe Ruth to win at least ten games as a pitcher and hit fifty home runs. He has previously been a coach with the Washington Nationals, specializing in advising players on the mental elements of the game and is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports Midwest. He is the author of The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life (PublicAffairs).

Book - https://www.amazon.com/Phenomenon-Pressure-Yips-Pitch-Changed/dp/1610396863

Episode: 5/10/2017 @8:30 AM


Ben Hansen
Ben Hansen

Chief Technology Officer, Lead Developer of motusBASEBALL
motus
http://motusglobal.com/

Episode: 5/10/2017 @9:00 AM


Rick Peterson
Rick Peterson

Director of Pitching Development
Baltimore Orioles
http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=bal

You may recognize Rick from his time as an MLB pitching coach with the Oakland A’s. He is the current Director of Pitching Development with the Baltimore Orioles, and recognized as an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Rick Peterson is known throughout professional baseball as the leading practitioner for peak performance coaching.

A lifelong “baseball guy,” Rick has developed a unique approach to coaching that has produced revolutionary results. Rick has coached with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jay, Oakland A’s, NY Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. Today, Rick is with the Baltimore Orioles and is responsible for the organization’s pitching philosophy and instruction. His Oakland staff led the American League in ERA for two years, posting a 3.63 in 2003 and 3.58 in 2002. Under his guidance, the A’s finished in the top three in ERA from 1999-2003. Tim Hudson, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder all flourished under his tutelage. Each became a 20-game winner and Zito captured the 2002 Ame(Show Full Bio)rican League Cy Young Award.

Over three decades, Rick has combined athletic skills, unique pitching techniques with sports psychology to help his players achieve their peak performance. His track record has been chronicled in Michael Lewis’ bestseller Moneyball and John Feinstein’s Living in the Black. Rick has applied his unique methodologies with some of today’s most successful athletes including Michael Jordan, Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Johan Santana, Tom Glavine, Roger Clemens, Frank Thomas, Jim Abbott, Jason Giambi, and many others.

Twitter - @RickPetersonCT

Episodes: 7/12/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/28/2017 @8:30 AM, 6/14/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/31/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/17/2017 @8:30 AM, 5/3/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/19/2017 @8:30 AM, 4/5/2017 @8:30 AM, 1/25/2017 @8:30 AM, 11/2/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/26/2016 @8:30 AM, 10/19/2016 @8:30 AM, 9/7/2016 @9:30 AM, 8/24/2016 @8:30 AM, 7/13/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/15/2016 @8:00 AM, 6/1/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/18/2016 @8:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 10/28/2015 @8:00 AM, 10/21/2015 @8:00 AM, 8/5/2015 @8:00 AM, 6/3/2015 @8:00 AM, 5/20/2015 @8:00 AM, 4/8/2015 @8:30 AM


Jeff Seder
Jeff Seder

Founder & CEO
EQB & Houyhnmhmn Stables
http://www.eqb.com/

A graduate of Harvard, Harvard Law, and Harvard Business School, Jeffrey Seder worked for Citicorp’s International Banking Division in New York City and later served as Chairman of Craftex Mills, Inc. ( large textile manufacturing and marketing firm), and CEO of the 40 store Boston Stores retail chain. A licensed attorney and member of the Pennsylvania Bar, he is also the founder and CEO of The Big Picture Alliance, a non-profit filmmaking program for disadvantaged inner-city teens. His 35 years of equestrian experience includes exercise riding racehorses, racehorse and racehorse farm management, and the publication of numerous refereed scientific journal articles on his research in Thoroughbred sports medicine. Jeffrey Seder reviews samples of his proprietary slow-motion video gait analysis at a Florida auction.

Episodes: 5/3/2017 @9:00 AM, 5/4/2016 @8:00 AM, 4/29/2015 @8:35 AM


Bill Connelly
Bill Connelly

NCAA Football, Basketball, and Tennis Contributor; Author of "The 50 Best College Football Teams of All Time"
SBNation
http://www.sbnation.com/authors/bill-connelly

Bill Connelly grew up a fan of the Miami Dolphins (post-1970s glory), Pittsburgh Pirates (ditto), Portland Trailblazers (ditto again) and Missouri Tigers. That he still enjoys sports at all shows both severe loyalty and a potential personality disorder. He spends his evening playing with excel sheets and watching DVR'd football games from ESPN Classic. See more of his work at Rock M Nation, Football Outsiders and Football Study Hall.

Book - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH8MB34/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Episodes: 4/26/2017 @9:00 AM, 11/9/2016 @9:00 AM


Lionel Page
Lionel Page

Professor of Economics, Head of the Queensland Behavioural Economics Group, School of Economics and Finance
Queensland University of Technology
http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/page4/

Head of the Queensland Behavioural Economics group (2015-)

Young Economist Award – Economic Society of Australia (2016)

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow (2012-2014)

Queensland Smart Futures Fellow (2012-2014)

Education
PhD – Paris School of Economics 2007

Research interests
Study of individual and group behaviour.

Topics
Choice under risk and uncertainty
Behaviour in contests
Political choices
Social preferences
Educational choices

Twitter - @page_eco
Personal Page - https://sites.google.com/site/liopage/home

Episode: 4/26/2017 @8:30 AM