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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

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.

iTunes Ratings

778 Ratings
Average Ratings
534
72
48
40
84

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.
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The Ringer MLB Show

Latest release on Feb 06, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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 #2: 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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Rank #3: 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 #4: 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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Rank #5: The Red Sox Have Flipped the Script. Will the Dodgers Meet Them in the Fall Classic? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 160)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to break down Game 6 (and possibly 7) of the NLCS (1:18). Then, the three give a postmortem on their “Astros in five games” prediction (30:00).

Oct 19 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: 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 #7: 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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Rank #8: 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 #9: 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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Rank #10: The First-Half Draft (Ep. 87)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the Cubs' decision to DFA Miguel Montero (00:30) and the end of the College World Series (06:30), then draft 10 of their favorite stories from the first half of the 2017 regular-season schedule (plus honorable mentions) and forecast how they'll hold up over the rest of the season (10:00).

Jun 29 2017

53mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 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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Rank #13: Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Extension, Plus Bryce Harper’s Welcome Tour | The Ringer MLB Show

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The Braves signed Ronald Acuña Jr. to one of the most team-friendly long-term deals in recent memory (1:30), and we wonder whether the Cleveland Indians’ bad first weekend and shallow lineup mean that 2019 isn’t going to be the cakewalk we all thought it’d be (8:41). Then The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro joins to share an insider’s take on Bryce Harper’s loud, successful first week in Philadelphia (20:00). Finally, are the Padres the most exciting team in baseball (36:03)?


Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Guest: Meghan Montemurro

Apr 02 2019

52mins

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Rank #14: Ep. 26: The AL East's Historic Stretch Run, and the AL's Interleague Dominance

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the unprecedented four-team race in the American League East. Then, they bring on FanGraphs writers Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan to investigate why the AL has beaten the NL in interleague play for 13 consecutive seasons.

Sep 13 2016

51mins

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: Ep. 38: Two Title Droughts Enter, One Title Drought Leaves

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann preview the upcoming Cubs-Indians World Series matchup from every possible angle with help from Sahadev Sharma, a Cubs reporter for The Athletic Chicago, and MLB.com Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian.

Oct 24 2016

49mins

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Rank #17: Setting the Scene for the Amateur Draft (Ep. 82)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to FanGraphs lead prospect writer Eric Longenhagen about why this draft class is unusual, the class's strengths and weaknesses (02:30), the prominence of two-way players (10:00), the pros and cons of potential top pick Hunter Greene (12:00), which teams have the most at stake in this draft (19:30), how the first several picks are likely to play out (26:00), how much college reputations matter for player development (35:15), the influence of analytics (37:30), which draftees are the best bets to make their major league debuts first (41:15), the draft's unpredictability (44:00), and more.

Jun 12 2017

49mins

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Rank #18: Playoff Odds, Fantasy Updates, and Lance Lynn | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 146)

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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Shaker Samman about which teams make for enticing playoff-prop-bet candidates (01:00) and Danny Heifetz about players who might get your fantasy team over the hump (13:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show, ostensibly to talk about the Yankees, but really to listen to Michael hoot and holler about Lance Lynn (35:00).

Aug 07 2018

48mins

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Rank #19: The Quintana Trade and the Most Fascinating Rest-of-Season Storylines (Ep. 91)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about an All-Star idea (01:00) and the Cubs–White Sox José Quintana trade (04:30), then discuss several stories that are foremost on their minds as the All-Star break comes to a close, including close pennant races (13:30), the staying power of some early-season surprises (and some slow starters' comeback potential) (34:00), who'll do what at the trade deadline (40:30), and the competition for the most valuable individual season (51:00).

Jul 13 2017

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Rank #20: 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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