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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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By ailopmnog - Nov 21 2019
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Interesting decision not to have a podcast during a huge scandal

Great baseball podcast

By connorbrooks10 - Jul 18 2019
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I love Ben on the pod and think everyone brings a good view of what’s going on around the league.

iTunes Ratings

760 Ratings
Average Ratings
527
67
47
39
80

Lacking

By ailopmnog - Nov 21 2019
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Interesting decision not to have a podcast during a huge scandal

Great baseball podcast

By connorbrooks10 - Jul 18 2019
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I love Ben on the pod and think everyone brings a good view of what’s going on around the league.

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The Ringer MLB Show

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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.

Preseason Prop Bets and 'MLB the Show 17' (Ep. 61)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann ask and answer 21 either/or and over/under questions about the upcoming season (01:30). Then they bring on Sony Interactive Entertainment America community manager and game designer Ramone Russell to talk about AI improvements (25:30), increased realism (29:00), and new modes in 'MLB the Show 17' (30:00), the choice of cover model Ken Griffey Jr. (40:45), and how much research into real baseball it takes to digitize the sport (44:30).

Mar 27 2017

48mins

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Red Sox Have Won Their Fourth World Series of the Century | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 163)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the ease with which Boston dispatched Los Angeles to win its fourth World Series of the century (1:30). Then, the three discuss what this means for generational ace Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers going forward (40:32).

Oct 29 2018

58mins

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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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Ep. 46: Winter Meetings Madness and the Offseason's Most Surprising Signee

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the biggest winter meetings moves, including the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, the White Sox's prospect windfall, what the signings and trades involving closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, and Wade Davis mean for the closer market, and the Ian Desmond deal. Then they bring on new Brewers first baseman Eric Thames to discuss his improbable journey from the big leagues to Korea and back.

Dec 08 2016

51mins

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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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Ep. 36: Playoff Tactics Talk

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about Trevor Bauer's bleeding, the resurgence of short-rest postseason starts (02:10), and the October bullpen evolution (03:50). Then, they bring on the official historian of MLB, John Thorn, and author Steven Goldman to discuss some other unorthodox tactics from baseball's past that modern teams could consider bringing back (09:20).

Oct 18 2016

42mins

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MLB Trade Deadline: Zack Greinke, Yasiel Puig, Trevor Bauer Trades Save a Slow Deadline | The Ringer MLB Show

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We break down the 2019 MLB trade deadline, which began with fringe moves involving relievers like Mark Melancon, but ended with Zack Greinke moving to the Astros and making them the World Series favorite. Plus, we recap the Trevor Bauer–for–Yasiel Puig trade, which broke the day before the deadline.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zack Kram

Jul 31 2019

38mins

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Is It Time to Panic in Chicago and Washington? Has the Balance of Power Shifted in Los Angeles? And Is Kurt Suzuki the Best Catcher in Baseball? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 131)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the upside-down NL East (01:15) and NL Central races (10:00) then marvels at the Angels' hot start with Ben Lindbergh (21:15). Finally Ringer senior editor and staff contrarian Ryan "O'Headline" O'Hanlon joins the pod to talk about whether pitch framing is dishonorable (37:30) and whether Aaron Judge is still the worst player in baseball (46:15).

Apr 18 2018

52mins

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The Playoff Preview Episode (Ep. 114)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann celebrate the extension of Clayton Kershaw's ERA reduction streak (01:00), then bring on their colleague Zach Kram for a wide-ranging playoff preview, including thoughts on wild-card game formats and strategy (10:30), the lopsided nature of this year's wild-card matchups (22:15), whether there's such a thing as a way to win in the playoffs (25:00), which relievers and bullpens are best suited for heavy playoff workloads (32:00), which teams might be at a particular advantage or disadvantage in October (37:00), and which teams might produce the best stories this month (44:00).

Oct 02 2017

53mins

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The Cards, the Kids, the Chaos | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 148)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, who are resurgent under new manager Mike Shildt, and their exciting rookie center fielder Harrison Bader (1:20). Then Little League World Series superfan Mark Titus joins the show to discuss the action in Williamsport (22:10) before Ben Lindbergh closes the episode with a look at how the much-discussed all-or-nothing approach to team building has affected the MLB pennant races (36:18).

Aug 21 2018

59mins

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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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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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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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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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The Aristides Aquino Tear, the Athletics vs. Rays AL Wild-Card Race, and the Blossoming of Young Hitters | The Ringer MLB Show

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The hipster baseball event of the year is A’s vs. Rays for the AL wild card—which team has the edge (1:00)? Plus, The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans on Cincinnati breakout rookie Aristides Aquino (23:16) and Ben Lindbergh on a historically good crop of young position players (38:59).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: C. Trent Rosecrans

Aug 21 2019

1hr 4mins

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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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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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Why Don’t Teams Stop Trading With the Astros? | The Ringer MLB Show

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The new trade deadline has produced a waiver market similar to the NBA's—what does this mean for teams trying to build around the edges (0:55)? Plus, the Mets have been the hottest team in baseball since the All-Star break (21:41), and the Astros continue to win lopsided trades with noncontenders (43:50).


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Jarrett Seidler

Aug 06 2019

1hr 8mins

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Brian Cashman and the Yankees Whiffed on Starting Pitching at the Deadline—Again. Plus: the Giants Stand Pat | Why I Hate My Team

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Claire McNear joins the show to detail the emotional journey of Giants fans in 2019, as they watched their star players get dangled in trades but then ultimately stay in black and orange (1:00). Then, Sean Yoo wonders why the Yankees haven’t been able to fix their starting rotation at consecutive deadlines, while fellow contenders like the Astros have added Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke (14:18).


Host: Bobby Wagner

Guests: Claire McNear and Sean Yoo

Aug 02 2019

36mins

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MLB Trade Deadline: Zack Greinke, Yasiel Puig, Trevor Bauer Trades Save a Slow Deadline | The Ringer MLB Show

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We break down the 2019 MLB trade deadline, which began with fringe moves involving relievers like Mark Melancon, but ended with Zack Greinke moving to the Astros and making them the World Series favorite. Plus, we recap the Trevor Bauer–for–Yasiel Puig trade, which broke the day before the deadline.


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zack Kram

Jul 31 2019

38mins

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