Dan Szymborski gets paid to do cool baseball stuff, but didn’t get paid when he joined the RumBunter podcast. Despite not making a nickel, Syzmborski absolutely crushes it. Szymborski talks baseball in a unique and hilarious manner as he talks about creating ZiPS, the most reliable projection system in baseball. The Baltimore native has worked his tail off, and he humbly discusses how it all started during the interview.
The now-ESPN staffer was twice featured by TIME with one of the top 50 websites in 2002 and 2003, and made it in the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Despite his celebrity status, Dan is the best interview in a long list of podcast guests. So, as expected, one thing that you won’t get when listening to this podcast is bored.
The discussion moves fast and furiously. The strong projections once again for Andrew McCutchen lead off the ZiPS specific discussion. How will Josh Harrison respond to his monster season is very interesting, but perhaps the most random discussion surrounds Jung-ho Kang and the KBO. As you probably know, the 2015 season looks exciting when digging into the Pittsburgh Pirates ZiPS projections. A lot of time is spent as Cocktails and Smitty discuss the projections showing more love for the Pirates pitching staff than it (correctly) predicted last season.
Enough description, here is Series 5, Episode 2 of the RumBunter Podcast with Dan Szymborski.