Stealing Home is a radio show/podcast focused on the world of baseball. Current events, trends, history, and great stories surrounding America’s pastime are all discussed. Stealing Home digs deeper to find the beauty, sadness, idiosyncrasies and wonderment that surround the game we love. All fans are welcome.

Stealing Home is hosted and produced by David Temple. Our thanks to Ryan Dunsmore of The Crawfish Boxes for the artwork.

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Welcome to Stealing Home

Hello, everyone. I’m David Temple. I’m a writer here on The Hardball Times, as well as FanGraphs and NotGraphs. I also host the podcast Stealing Home. Stealing Home has been a pet project of mine for some time now, but now I’m happy to announce that the show has gone big time, as it’s now […]

Episode 15: Overlooked

Stealing Home returns to full-length episodes by looking at some players, teams, and plays that can be overlooked in baseball. There are many from which to choose, but I look at four.

Episode 13: Fair[Foul]

Take the total number of hits, and divide by the total number of at-bats. That’s batting average. It’s been with the game almost as long as bats and balls. It was adapted from a cricket stat of the same name. For all its faults, it’s still the standard measurement for a hitter’s ability. If a player leads the league in stolen bases for a season, they are the stolen base leader. Strikeouts, home runs? Same thing. Leader. But batting average is so entrenched in the game, such a litmus test for hitting, that if a player has the best batting average at the end of season, he’s not the leader, he’s the champion. He owns a batting title.

Episode 1: Stats

In the inaugural episode of Stealing Home, we look at a topic near and dear to every baseball fan’s heart, the numbers. We learn them, we memorize them, we obsess over them, we compare them. They are the glue that holds baseball together throughout the years.