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Barstool Sports presents the baseball podcast that everyone wants but no one else will give you. Do you care about play by play baseball coverage? We don't either. This is the pod for fans of America's greatest pastime who want hosts willing to cut through the noise and talk about the game the way we really see it. Hosted by MLB great Dallas Braden and Blogger Jared, The Starting 9 makes baseball podcast listening fun again.

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Barstool Sports presents the baseball podcast that everyone wants but no one else will give you. Do you care about play by play baseball coverage? We don't either. This is the pod for fans of America's greatest pastime who want hosts willing to cut through the noise and talk about the game the way we really see it. Hosted by MLB great Dallas Braden and Blogger Jared, The Starting 9 makes baseball podcast listening fun again.

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Love the show

By Caleb Brett Hamilton - Oct 10 2019
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Great content and personalities; y’all desperately need to upgrade your sound equipment

For baseball geeks

By jimdrinkz23 - Jul 31 2019
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Best baseball podcast even if you’re not a stoolie. Good combo of info and fun.

iTunes Ratings

2453 Ratings
Average Ratings
2234
63
29
14
113

Love the show

By Caleb Brett Hamilton - Oct 10 2019
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Great content and personalities; y’all desperately need to upgrade your sound equipment

For baseball geeks

By jimdrinkz23 - Jul 31 2019
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Best baseball podcast even if you’re not a stoolie. Good combo of info and fun.
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Starting 9

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Starting 9 Episode #2: Aaron Boone

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Barstool Sports presents the 2nd episode of the Starting 9 featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. The baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. Includes special guest Aaron Boone; duo talks Trout, Goldschmidt, Judge, the AL Wild Card race, Barry Bonds and more.

Aug 10 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: Starting 9 Episode #20: Andrew Benintendi

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. The baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features an interview with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, along with insight on Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, Shohei Ohtani's damaged elbow, Manny Machado rumors, the relief pitcher market explosion and, of course, questions from the listeners. We also check in on Jared'd well-being. 

Dec 14 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #3: Starting 9 #39: Sean Manaea

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 podcast, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features a very special guest - owner of the most recent no-hitter in MLB history - Oakland Athletics lefty Sean Manaea, who recaps his epic evening and his journey to this point. Dallas and Jared also recap Jared's trip to California, discuss Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani of the Angels, go rapid-fire on a wide-range of MLB topics and trends, including but not limited to - Ronald Acuna's call-up, Albert Pujols' age issues, the surging Phillies and Rhys Hoskins, MLB's strikeout problem, the Brew Crew and much more. The group also answers Twitter questions from the #groundscrew.

Apr 26 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #4: Starting 9 Episode #111 - Marcus Stroman

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's first episode features an interview with certified stud, Blue Jays ace and 2019 All-Star Marcus Stroman. Dallas and Jared discuss their reactions to watching the Angels combined no-hitter and the night honoring Tyler Skaggs, a night no one will forget. The crew also dives into the news/transactions of the week (Bailey, Cashner, Scherzer, Molina), checks in on a handful of important standings-related questions and answer a bunch of questions from the #groundscrew. And a bonus story about laying down the law at the grocery store.

Jul 16 2019

2hr 46mins

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Rank #5: Starting 9 Episode #52 - Justin Morneau

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features an interview with former AL MVP and Home Run Derby champion Justin Morneau, who discusses the current game, his epic Home Run Derby vs Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana's greatness, the Twins team that had the best chance of breaking through for a World Series, and much more! Jared and Dallas also get into the Zach Britton trade, Gary Sanchez fiasco/injury, the red-hot Pirates and Athletics and Jose Ramirez's MVP campaign and growth as a hitter. The crew also does this week's edition of the Homer Minute and answers Twitter questions from the #groundscrew

Jul 26 2018

1hr 43mins

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Rank #6: Starting 9 Episode #38: Eric Byrnes

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 podcast, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. This week's episode features special guest and MLB Network analyst Eric Byrnes, who talks a little baseball and a lot of life philosophy. Dallas and Jared also get into the Ohtani/Red Sox “showdown”, break down some surprising early developments in the AL West and NL East, look at 8 potential breakout performances and whether they are buying or selling, and of course answer questions from the #groundscrew

Apr 19 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #7: Starting 9 Episode #4: David Ross

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Barstool Sports presents the 4th episode of the Starting 9 featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. The baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. Includes special guest David Ross, formerly of the Cubs and Red Sox; duo talks Trout vs Harper, fan code of conduct, AL Wild Card, listener voicemails and Twitter questions and so much more!

Aug 24 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #8: Starting 9 Episode #3: Travis Shaw

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Barstool Sports presents the 3rd episode of the Starting 9 featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. The baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. Includes special guest Travis Shaw of the Milwaukee Brewers; duo talks Giancarlo Stanton's barrage, Dodgers, Rockies, Chris Sale-as-MVP, Aroldis Chapman and more.

Aug 17 2017

1hr 11mins

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Rank #9: Starting 9 Episode 151 - All-Decade Draft

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features the highly-anticipated All-Decade Draft, where each of the 3 podcast participants - Dallas, Jared and Justin - draft their Team of the Decade (much like the All-Time Draft from this past summer). The crew also breaks down the transactions from the week, as well as the latest development in the electronic sign-stealing scandal that has now touched the Red Sox and others.

Jan 08 2020

1hr 55mins

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Rank #10: Starting 9 Episode #15: Alex Bregman

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden. The baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. Featuring guest and newly-minuted World Series champion Alex Bregman of the Astros, who talks his experiences in the World Series, some misadventures in the Twitter DMs and more. Jared and Dallas also talk Roy Halladay, awards finalists, Boras wanting $200M for JD Martinez, Tanaka and Cueto opting-in and more!

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Nov 09 2017

1hr 34mins

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Rank #11: Starting 9 Episode #82 - Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw & Eric Thames

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features an extended, casual sit-down conversation with a trio of Milwaukee Brewers - reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Eric Thames, who joined Dallas and Jared from Spring Training in Arizona. Nearly every possible topic was covered. In addition, the crew hits on the news of the week (Adam Jones, Kyle Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Vlad Jr, etc), while also beginning their Division Preview series, starting with the AL West and the NL Central. Dallas and Jared wrap it all up by answering Twitter questions from the #groundscrew. 

Mar 13 2019

3hr 28mins

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Rank #12: Starting 9 Episode #100 - Alex Bregman

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode - the 100th in the podcast's history - features n interview with return guest and budding AL MVP candidate Alex Bregman. Dallas and Jared also give love to the #groundscrew for the support across 100 episodes, run through the news of the week (Bruce, Gallo, McCutchen, Freeland), hit on the MLB Draft, “give some love” to a wide array of players, including Griffin Canning, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Xander Bogaerts, Austin Riley and others. The crew also dives into a batch of Twitter questions in this celebration of the best baseball podcast going.

Jun 04 2019

2hr 52mins

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Rank #13: Starting 9 Episode #58 - Nicholas Castellanos & Shane Greene

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features a fascinating and sprawling interview with Detroit Tigers teammates Nicholas Castellanos and Shane Greene, who dive into their careers, their interaction with social media, their podcast, fellow players getting paid market value and much more! Dallas and Jared also get into a wide variety of topics, including the Josh Donaldson trade, Ryan Howard's retirement, the Mariners clubhouse ‘fight', Christian Yelich's rise to superstardom and we revisit the National League Rookie of the Year race between Juan Soto and Ronald Acuna. The crew also enjoys some listener-submitted Homer Minutes, and answer Twitter questions from the #groundscrew. 

Sep 06 2018

2hr 28mins

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Rank #14: Starting 9 Episode #61 - David Ortiz

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden, the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features a truly epic guest - World Series winner, one of the greatest DH's of all time, one of the most clutch players in baseball history - Big Papi, David Ortiz. Ortiz touches on this year's Red Sox, the home run mashing going on out in Oakland with Khris Davis and others, Bo Jackson, and the pitching in the modern game - including some thoughts on Blake Snell of the Rays - and much more. The guys also get into a wide variety of news, including Shohei Ohtani's impending Tommy John, John Gibbons and the Blue Jays parting ways, the developing situations with Roberto Osuna and Addison Russell, the injuries to Didi Gregorius and Dansby Swanson, and more. The crew dives into the wild postseason situation as we head into the final weekend, while also paying final respects to a trio of greats leaving the game - David Wright, Victor Martinez and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. The crew also answers questions from the #groundscrew. 

Sep 27 2018

1hr 37mins

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Rank #15: Starting 9 Episode #80 - Nolan Arenado

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features a bucket list interview with Rockies superstar and newly-extended Nolan Arenado, who sat down with Dallas and Jared during the #SpikesUpTour in Arizona at the start of Spring Training. Arenado gets into a wide variety of topics, including his time on Team USA and the World Baseball Classic, Troy Tulowitzki's impact early on during his career, the upcoming 2019 Rockies season and much more. The crew also breaks down the new Arenado record-setting contract extension, while Dallas and Jared discuss the overall experience in Arizona Spring Training. 

Feb 28 2019

2hr 3mins

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Rank #16: Starting 9 Episode #49: Johnny Damon

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 podcast, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features an interview with former Red Sox and Yankees legend Johnny Damon, who talks about his memories of those years, what he's been up to lately, and his impressions of the game today. Jared and Dallas also hand out their 1st Half Awards in both leagues - MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, along with unique awards like the Saugus Rocket Award and the 209 Mayor Award. The crew also debuts the Homer Minute - a quick, 60-second assessment of the ‘home teams' of the three podcast participants.

Jul 03 2018

1hr 45mins

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Rank #17: Starting 9 Episode #50: Jed Lowrie

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 podcast, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. The 50th episode features an interview with freshly-minted All-Star Jed Lowrie of the Oakland Athletics, who talks about making the Midsummer Classic, the Athletics surprising season and much more. Jared and Dallas also get into a variety of current topics, including: Ken Giles demotion, Vladimir Guerrero Jr's impending promotion, the Phillies place in the NL East, the Dexter Fowler/Cardinals situation, Manny Machado trade rumors, the Final Vote results and more. The crew also digs into Twitter questions from the #groundscrew and this week's edition of the Homer Minute.

Jul 12 2018

1hr 46mins

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Rank #18: Starting 9 Episode 132 - Christian Yelich

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's second episode features a return of the most frequent guest in Starting 9 history, the reigning NL MVP and face of the Milwaukee Brewers, Christian Yelich, who talks the 2019 season, the Brewers fight for the postseason, his unfortunate injury, the ESPN the Magazine Body Issue and much more. Dallas and Jared also talk the clinches that occurred over the last 48 hours (Nationals, Brewers, Twins), along with the AL Wild Card and the failure of the Indians to get the job done. The crew shows some love to Sonny Gray and Jake Odorizzi, while also answering Twitter questions from the grounds crew.

Sep 26 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #19: Starting 9 Episode 147 - Yankees Sign Cole

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else gives you. This week's episode comes to you live from the Winter Meetings in San Diego, with arguably the biggest domino falling on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning, and this crew breaks it all down: Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for 9 years and over $300M. That and more on the newest edition!

Dec 11 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #20: Starting 9 Episode #47: Pat McAfee

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Barstool Sports presents the Starting 9 podcast, featuring Jared Carrabis and Dallas Braden - the baseball podcast everyone wants but no one else will give you. This week's episode features an electric interview with our own Pat McAfee, who talks about his cross-over independent league baseball event and his growing knowledge of the game. Dallas and Jared also get into the biggest stories of the week, including the Astros red-hot play, the rise of Juan Soto, the Nationals acquisition of Kelvin Herrera and Hunter Strickland's self-inflicted injury. The crew also plays “buy or sell” on 8 possible realities or storylines from around baseball, including but not limited to: Mike Trout winning the AL MVP; the Braves being the best team in the NL East; and the Mets trading at least one of Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard - and many more. The guys also answer questions from the #groundscrew. 

Jun 21 2018

1hr 49mins

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