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A rotating cast of Ringer staff members break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with plugged-in media members and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

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A rotating cast of Ringer staff members break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with plugged-in media members and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

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Love the show

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All three guys are great. Keep it up

Great baseball y’all

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Smart condensed baseball talk. Solid listen every week.

iTunes Ratings

797 Ratings
Average Ratings
549
76
47
40
85

Love the show

By ambradbu - Jan 18 2020
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All three guys are great. Keep it up

Great baseball y’all

By jourd_820 - Jan 14 2020
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Smart condensed baseball talk. Solid listen every week.
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The Ringer MLB Show

Latest release on Mar 12, 2020

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A rotating cast of Ringer staff members break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with plugged-in media members and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

Rank #1: Red Sox–Yankees ALDS Recap With Bill Simmons and JackO | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 157)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gleefully calls his buddy JackO, a Yankees fan, to discuss Boston's win over New York in the 2018 ALDS.

Oct 10 2018

33mins

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Rank #2: Do Home Run Records Matter Anymore? Plus: Gleyber Torres Bludgeons the Orioles and the AL Central Is Shifting | The Ringer MLB Show

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We discuss how the juiced ball is starting to cloud the importance of baseball record books (1:00). Then, Lindsey Adler joins to talk about a weird Yankees season that has seen unlikely heroes like Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela save the day (24:01), before Ben Lindbergh closes out by talking about how the Twins have lost their grip on the AL Central (40:50).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Lindsey Adler

Aug 13 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: Roasting the 2018 Yankees With Bill Simmons and Jack-O | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 127)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons links up with Jack-O to get ready for the 2018 baseball season by checking up on whom the Yankees have in their outfield (2:46) and surveying the starting lineup (13:40) before wrapping up the show with some spring 2018 prop bets (26:02).

Mar 22 2018

34mins

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Rank #4: The Phillies Are Not Who We Thought They Were. Plus: Should We Panic About the Twins? | Why I Hate My Team

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Michael Baumann comes on to detail the failures of the 2019 Phillies—both in team building and keeping players healthy (1:00). Then Meg Schuster shares a heavy dose of Minnesota nihilism as she worries about whether 2019 will be lost to Cleveland (27:15).


Host: Bobby Wagner

Guests: Michael Baumann and Meg Schuster

Aug 16 2019

37mins

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Rank #5: The Trade-Deadline Roundtable | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 145)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Bill Simmons, Zach Kram, and Ben Lindbergh to discuss all the action from a frenetic last day before MLB's non-waiver trade deadline. They talk about the Baltimore Orioles' two-week teardown, Chris Archer's trade to the Pirates, the balance of power between the two leagues, and how the day's transactions will shape the pennant race.

Aug 01 2018

56mins

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Rank #6: Texas–St. Louis World Series Game 6, 2011: A Special Sports Rewatchables | The Ringer MLB Show

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Michael Baumann is joined by Mallory Rubin to discuss Game 6 of the 2011 World Series in a special 'MLB Show'–'Rewatchables' crossover. The two break down how different baseball looked just eight years ago, the managerial blunders that potentially altered baseball history, the mythmaking performance of David Freese, and more.


Hosts: Michael Baumann and Mallory Rubin

Mar 14 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #7: Mike Trout’s $430 Million Contract, Plus Over/Under Bets for All 30 Teams | The Ringer MLB Show

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We react to Mike Trout agreeing to the largest contract in North American sports history, and posit that it probably doesn’t even amount to what he’s actually worth to the Angels (1:40). Then, we run through all 30 teams, division by division, and give our predictions for whether they’ll go over or under their predicted win totals in the Las Vegas sports books (30:08). Finally, we give a few enticing futures bets for the 2019 season (63:55).


Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Mar 19 2019

1hr 11mins

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Rank #8: Trade Deadline Action Is Off to a Modest Start. Plus: The Phillies Are Spiraling. | The Ringer MLB Show

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Contending teams have started to make modest moves for rotation help and extra bats in the lineup—are larger moves coming down the road or will this be a slow July (0:52)? Plus, the Phillies are in a state of turmoil on the field that could lead to one off (22:58), while the Giants have overperformed expectations to the point that it might throw a wrench in their plans to trade stars like Madison Bumgarner (38:24).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Meghan Montemurro

Jul 16 2019

57mins

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Rank #9: Harper, Machado, and Trout Return to the Top, Manaea's No-Hitter, and Who Ya Got—Red Sox or Astros? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 132)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about baseball's holy trinity leading the league in homers (02:00). Then, Rodger Sherman shares his proposal for what should happen to teams that get no-hit (20:30), and Ben Lindbergh breaks down the early AL favorites (32:30) and explains how throwing strikes ain't all it's been cracked up to be (44:30).

Apr 24 2018

51mins

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Rank #10: Baseball's Latest DL Losses and Newest Nationalities (Ep. 70)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about big bullpens (02:30), high home run rates (06:00), injured Mets and fatalistic Mets fans (08:00), and the seasonlong losses of Adam Eaton and Shelby Miller (18:00). Then they bring on Pittsburgh Pirates Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas, who recently became the first players born in Africa and Lithuania, respectively, to make the majors (22:30). Lastly, Ben and Michael forecast which countries might be the next to send their first representatives to The Show (49:00).

May 01 2017

53mins

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Rank #11: Bryce Harper to the Phillies Emergency Podcast | The Ringer MLB Show

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After months of speculation, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of 13 years and $330 million—the most total money for a contract in MLB history. We give our immediate reactions to the length of the contract, the backlash, the Phillies' team-building strategy, and more.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram

Mar 01 2019

25mins

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Rank #12: Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees, and $324 Million—a Baseball Love Triangle | The Ringer MLB Show

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Gerrit Cole just signed the biggest contract in baseball history for a pitcher, and it’s not particularly close. Does this mean the Yankees are the Yankees of old, and have they upended the Astros as the best team in baseball? Plus: The AL East is stacked. Is the addition of Cole, the best pitcher in baseball, enough to win that arms race?


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Dec 11 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: The Home Run Derby Was the Most Exciting Baseball Moment Since the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show

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We break down the Vlad Guerrero Jr. show that was the Home Run Derby (1:11) before calling up FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen to talk about what stood out to him at the MLB Futures Game (17:44). Then, to wrap up the pod, Ben Lindbergh comes on to speculate about what we most have to look forward to in the second half of the season (37:06).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram,

Guest: Eric Longenhagen

Jul 09 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: The Trade Deadline Dissected (Ep. 96)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann celebrate Adrián Beltré's 3,000th hit and improbable Hall of Fame career path (04:00), then break down all the action on trade-deadline day, including the Dodgers adding Yu Darvish to their already-formidable rotation (10:00), the Yankees acquiring Sonny Gray and Jaime García (21:30), and other contenders (including the Red Sox, Indians, and Nationals) restocking their bullpens (25:00). They also discuss whether teams such as the Red Sox, Astros, and Orioles should have been more active (27:30), as well as the steep decline in the value of Jonathan Lucroy (38:30), who was traded at a second consecutive deadline, this time for a much smaller return.

Aug 01 2017

52mins

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Rank #15: The Mets Are at Dysfunction DEFCON 1 | The Ringer MLB Show

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We detail the latest week in Mets mania (1:10), wonder how Lance Lynn became possibly the best pitcher in baseball (26:15), and try to make sense of MLB’s plan for international expansion—specifically theLondon series and the Rays' early plans for a Montreal/Tampa Bay crossover (39:39).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh

Guests: Katie Baker, Craig Edwards

Jun 25 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: Ep. 14: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers With Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the many moves made before the MLB trade deadline and give their grades on which teams did well and which did poorly.

Aug 02 2016

55mins

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Rank #17: The Yasiel Puig Stages of Grief and Five Decades of Cleveland Sorrow | Why I Hate My Team

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The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig trade this offseason shook some fans to their core. Craig Gaines joins to share why that angst has passed. Plus, will this be the year the Dodgers get over the hump, or is there reason for continued anxiety for the best team in baseball heading into the postseason (2:00)? Then, Rob Harvilla calls in to delineate the Indians’ two-year fallout since the 2016 World Series (16:27).


Host: Bobby Wagner

Guests: Craig Gaines and Rob Harvilla

Jul 26 2019

31mins

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Rank #18: Manny Machado Madness Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again (Ep. 71)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to writer Steven Goldman of Vice Sports and FanRag Sports about historical precedents for the feud between the Orioles' Manny Machado and the Red Sox (4:07), whether bad blood (and bad behavior) among baseball players has gotten more or less common over time (31:48), and whether the beanball epidemic will ever end (40:30).

May 04 2017

47mins

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Rank #19: The Return of Ohtani and the Rise of the Twins | The Ringer MLB Show

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We bounce around the leading headlines from the past week, including the return of Shohei Ohtani and the Boston Red Sox's divided clubhouse (1:30). Then, Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Aaron Gleeman joins the show to break down how the Twins have leap-frogged Cleveland in the AL Central (25:00). Finally, we wave goodbye to our preseason optimism for the Reds and wonder how they’re playing well but still losing games (45:35).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Aaron Gleeman

May 07 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #20: Let the Trade Talk Begin (Ep. 88)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports to talk about the likely (and unlikely) buyers and sellers at this month's MLB trade deadline (01:00), what the contenders can do to address their weaknesses (13:00), the best bats and arms available (31:00), the impact that the massive 2018-19 free-agent classes could have on the market throughout the next year (45:00), and the latest on Japanese superstar Shohei Otani's MLB ETA (48:00).

Jul 03 2017

53mins

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MLB Delays Opening Day, Suspends Spring Training | The Ringer MLB Show

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We gather for an update to our previous conversation about the coronavirus after MLB announced that it would suspend spring training and delay the beginning of the season by at least two weeks.


Hosts: Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram

Mar 12 2020

22mins

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Uncertainty Over the Coronavirus, NL Over/Unders, and Bold Predictions | The Ringer MLB Show

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We briefly discuss the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus as it pertains to Major League Baseball (0:45) before previewing the upcoming season by analyzing whether teams will finish over or under their projected win totals (11:55). We finish with Zach Kram making four long-shot predictions that he thinks have a chance to play out in the National League this year (38:16).


Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded Wednesday, March 11, at noon PT.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Mar 12 2020

1hr

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Astros Cheating Scandal | The Ringer MLB Show

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As we prepare to preview the 2020 season, we recap the biggest story of the offseason: the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and MLB’s response to it. We run through a list of 10 questions and explain the effects the punishment will have on the 2020 season.


Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Mar 04 2020

1hr 1min

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Mookie Betts Traded From Red Sox to Dodgers | The Ringer MLB Show

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We convene for another emergency podcast to discuss the biggest MLB trade in years: former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We run down what this means for the competitive balance of baseball in the 2020 season, why the Red Sox didn’t back up the Brinks truck, and more. 


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Feb 06 2020

35mins

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GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch Fired Amid Astros Cheating Scandal | The Ringer MLB Show

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The punishment is in: the Houston Astros' GM and manager were both suspended for a year by Major League Baseball and subsequently fired by the Astros. Has this set a strong enough precedent for what the Astros did? Plus: Will Red Sox manager Alex Cora get the worst suspension of all for his role in devising the Astros' sign-stealing scheme?


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Jan 14 2020

46mins

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Anthony Rendon Is the Third Star to Sign in Just One Week. What Does This Mean for Free Agency’s Health? | The Ringer MLB Show

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In our third emergency free-agent signing podcast of the week, we break down the contract for former Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon: seven years and $245 million to play for the Los Angeles Angels. Now that the best hitter and the best pitcher are off the market, how will the rest of free agency shake out? Plus: analysis of this year’s market versus last year’s much slower, bleaker market.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Dec 12 2019

41mins

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Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees, and $324 Million—a Baseball Love Triangle | The Ringer MLB Show

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Gerrit Cole just signed the biggest contract in baseball history for a pitcher, and it’s not particularly close. Does this mean the Yankees are the Yankees of old, and have they upended the Astros as the best team in baseball? Plus: The AL East is stacked. Is the addition of Cole, the best pitcher in baseball, enough to win that arms race?


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Dec 11 2019

37mins

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Stephen Strasburg Is Back With the Nationals for Record Money. Is Gerrit Cole Up Next? | The Ringer MLB Show

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We react to the news that Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the Washington Nationals for the largest total contract for a pitcher in baseball history. What does this mean for his (maybe former) teammate Anthony Rendon, as well as the other top starting pitcher on the market, Gerrit Cole?


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Dec 10 2019

33mins

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The Nationals' Championship Celebrations and Offseason Predictions | The Ringer MLB Show

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We run through the Washington Nationals' weekend in celebration, including Monday’s trip to the White House (3:00), before forecasting a slow offseason and predicting where the league’s top free agents might end up (33:51).


Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Nov 05 2019

1hr 1min

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The Washington Nationals Have Toppled the Houston Astros to Win the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show

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After a postseason in which Washington trailed in five elimination games, the Nationals clawed their way through to win their first World Series since returning to the capital. We convene to discuss how they pulled it off, the future for both the Nationals and the Astros, and the 2019 postseason at large.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Oct 31 2019

55mins

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The Astros Have Taken Back Control of the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show

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With the Astros now up 3-2 over the Nationals, we discuss the odds that the Nationals can get back on track in this series. Will Stephen Strasburg keep their hopes alive in Game 6, and in that case, will we see Max Scherzer for a potential Game 7? Plus, we discuss the malaise hanging over the World Series after the fallout from Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments toward a group of reporters after the ALCS victory.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Oct 28 2019

52mins

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World Series Preview: Cole vs. Scherzer, Soto vs. Hinch, and X Factors We’re Looking Out For | The Ringer MLB Show

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We preview the elite starting-pitcher matchups that are dominating the narrative heading into the 2019 World Series before running down a number of X factors that we think might tip the series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Oct 22 2019

57mins

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Championship Series Updates: The Astros Draw Even With the Yankees While the Cardinals Can’t Muster a Hit Against the Nats | The Ringer MLB Show

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The Yankees and Astros just completed one of the most well-played games in recent playoff memory, capped by a loud Carlos Correa walk off home run. With Gerrit Cole still to throw, are the Yankees a step behind in the ALCS (1:10)? On the National League side of the bracket, the Nationals’ starting rotation has completely stifled the Cardinals offense through two games. We wonder if that series is headed toward a sweep (31:13).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Oct 14 2019

56mins

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The Yankees Advance, the Astros Hit a Speed Bump, and the Dodgers Might Have Found Their Equal | The Ringer MLB Show

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We wonder whether the American League divisional series are all but over as the Yankees sweep the Twins and the Astros tab Justin Verlander to start Game 4 (1:00). Then, we analyze the National League divisional series as they stand now, both tied at 2 and headed for fifth games (28:31).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Oct 08 2019

56mins

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AL and NL Wild Card and Divisional Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show

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Ahead of the start of the 2019 playoffs, we preview the National League (2:00) and American League (29:29) first rounds, including each league’s wild card game. Then, we answer a mailbag full of playoff questions (52:46).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guests: Bobby Wagner

Oct 01 2019

1hr 23mins

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The 2019 All-Ringer Team. Plus: Susan Slusser on the A’s Wild-Card Plans. | The Ringer MLB Show

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We share the NL (1:40) and AL (44:50) players whom we covered and talked about most in the 2019 season. In between those two segments, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle joins to discuss where the A’s stand as we head into the playoffs (27:10).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Susan Slusser

Sep 24 2019

1hr 7mins

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The Late-Season Injury Epidemic: How Injuries to Christian Yelich, Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and José Ramirez Could Affect the Playoff Race | The Ringer MLB Show

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We run through the list of stars to go down with injuries in the last two weeks and wonder what kind of effect it has on both the playoff run and the playoffs themselves (1:16). Then, FanGraphs writer Jay Jaffe joins to discuss team entropy—the idea that we should root for chaos in playoff and wild-card berths as the season wraps up (23:18). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to give out awards to the least-recognized players of the 2019 season (43:56).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guests: Jay Jaffe

Sep 17 2019

1hr 7mins

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Dave Dombrowski Is Out as Red Sox President of Baseball Operations. Why? Plus: The Cubs’ Playoff Chances and the Astros Historic Offense. | The Ringer MLB Show

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We convene to talk about one of the strangest stories in baseball this year—Dave Dombrowski's firing less than a year after leading the Red Sox to a World Series (1:20). Then, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic joins to forecast what’s to come in the near and far future for the Chicago Cubs, including whether Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Joe Maddon will be around much longer (21:56). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss the Houston Astros’ historic offense, the best offense compared with the rest of the league since the 1927 Yankees (47:46).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Sahadev Sharma

Sep 10 2019

1hr 9mins

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Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole Make the Astros World Series Favorites. Plus: Reflecting on the Black Sox Scandal, 100 Years Later. | The Ringer MLB Show

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Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter this weekend, sparking conversations about whether the Astros' dominant rotation makes them heavy favorites heading into the postseason (1:25). Plus: Jacob Pomrenke of SABR joins to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal (16:03), and Ben Lindbergh gives the rundown on players to watch out for now that rosters have expanded in September (40:02).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Jacob Pomrenke

Sep 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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The Diminishing Role of the Starter, Players’ Weekend, and Orioles vs. Tigers for Baseball’s Basement | The Ringer MLB Show

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After shutting down rookie starter Griffin Canning for the season, the Angels have set themselves up for a year in which none of their starters will pitch 100 innings. Is this the future of baseball (1:25)? Plus: Grant Brisbee on the boring nature of Players’ Weekend and MLB jerseys (24:07), and Ben Lindbergh on MLB’s race for the first overall pick (46:28).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Grant Brisbee

Aug 27 2019

1hr 11mins

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iTunes Ratings

797 Ratings
Average Ratings
549
76
47
40
85

Love the show

By ambradbu - Jan 18 2020
Read more
All three guys are great. Keep it up

Great baseball y’all

By jourd_820 - Jan 14 2020
Read more
Smart condensed baseball talk. Solid listen every week.