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The Keith Law Show

The Keith Law Show is a once-a-week potpourri of baseball information. From prospects to the draft to the latest trends and trades, Keith will make sense of it all with great guests from all corners of the game.

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The Keith Law Show is a once-a-week potpourri of baseball information. From prospects to the draft to the latest trends and trades, Keith will make sense of it all with great guests from all corners of the game.

The 2021 MLB Draft w/Eric Longenhagen

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Keith is joined by Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs to discuss their takeaways from the 2021 MLB Draft, including Eric’s pick for which teams put together the best draft class, pitching-heavy approaches, the Dodgers’ best on their development group, and which prospects from this group will immediately join Eric’s Top 100 Prospects list. 


Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw

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Jul 19 2021

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Talking Draft w/Jonathan Mayo

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Keith is joined by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com to discuss the upcoming MLB Draft including the surprisingly unsettled nature of the top of the board, the potential early first-round slide of Kumar Rocker, Jonathan's pick for the third-ranked college pitcher behind Rocker and Jack Leiter, and more. 


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Jul 08 2021

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft w/Stephen Kurkjian

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Keith is joined by investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian to discuss his book 'MASTER THIEVES: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World's Greatest Art Heist' and the story of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft. 


For more on this story, check out the Last Seen podcast from WBUR, and 'This Is a Robbery' on Netflix. 


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Jun 28 2021

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'America on Fire' w/Dr. Elizabeth Hinton

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Keith is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Hinton to discuss her latest book ‘America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s’ including the important distinction between rebellion and rioting, the subsequent policy cycle of expanded policing, and Cairo, Illinois as an example of the devastating effects of racism on a community. 


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Jun 22 2021

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'How Lucky' w/Will Leitch

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Keith is joined by Will Leitch to discuss Will’s recently-released novel ‘How Lucky’, including the creation of the book’s main character, Daniel, how Will ‘subverted’ the rules of a thriller, and the decision to have the story take place in Athens, Georgia. 


Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw

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Jun 14 2021

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Moving forward in the pandemic w/Dr. Peter Hotez

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Keith is joined by Dr. Peter Hotez to discuss the current state of the pandemic, what to say to those who are choosing not to get vaccinated, and how baseball (and other sports) might respond better to the pandemic going forward. 


Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw

Follow Dr. Hotez on Twitter: @PeterHotez

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Jun 10 2021

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Changes in the Pioneer League & D-backs talk w/Zach Buchanan

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Keith is joined by Zach Buchanan of The Athletic to discuss big changes in the Pioneer League, Pavin Smith's step forward, Daulton Varsho's very limited role, the state of the NL West through two months, and options for Arizona with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. 


Rundown

2:15 Big Changes in the Pioneer League

8:48 Is There Any Good News with the D-backs?

11:52 Pavin Smith’s Steps Forward

15:06 Why Doesn’t Daulton Varsho Play More?

17:21 Stacking Up the NL West Through Two Months

26:06 Considerations for the D-backs w/Sixth Overall Pick


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May 24 2021

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The Mookie Betts trade, Boston's future pitching plans, and board games w/John Tomase

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Keith is joined by John Tomase of NBC Sports Boston to discuss the Mookie Betts trade, whether the Red Sox will spend on starting pitching in the near future, and their options with the fourth pick in the 2021 draft, before sharing some of their favorite board games from the past year. 


Rundown

3:03 Revisiting the Mookie Betts Trade

10:36 Will the Red Sox Spend for Pitching in the Near Future?

14:56 Considerations for Boston at No. 4 Overall 

19:48 Which GMs Should be Panicking Right Now?

29:09 John & Keith’s Recent Go-To Board Games


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May 17 2021

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A conversation w/Louisville catcher Henry Davis & Mailbag Questions

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Keith is joined by University of Louisville catcher Henry Davis to discuss his offensive approach, adjustments that opposing pitchers have made to him, his ongoing work as a game caller, and the best pizza back home in New York. Keith also answers several draft and prospect-related mailbag questions. 


Rundown

2:02 Henry Davis Interview Begins

4:21 Henry's Offensive Approach

6:15 Are Teams Pitching You Differently This Season?

9:31 Learning How to Call Games

11:43 Best Pizza Back Home; Keith's Pick in Louisville

15:27 Keith's Mailbag 


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May 03 2021

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2021 Draft Prospects w/Jim Callis

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Keith is joined by Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com to discuss several players from the 2021 draft class, including the debate at No. 1 overall, Jackson Jobe, Sam Bachman, Ryan Cusick, Jud Fabian, and a few potentially overlooked prospects in this year's class.


Rundown

2:52 Leiter vs. Rocker vs. Lawler vs. Mayer

8:03 Where Do You Expect Henry Davis to Be Selected?

11:59 Jackson Jobe v. Rocker & Other Recent Early HS RHP

16:17 Sam Bachman & Ryan Cusick

20:03 The Impact of Unusual High School Season Schedules

26:04 Where Will Jud Fabian End Up?

31:10 Where Will Alex Binelas End Up?

33:53 Three Potentially Overlooked Prospects in the Class


Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw

Follow Jim on Twitter: @JimCallisMLB


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Apr 28 2021

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An early look at the White Sox w/James Fegan

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Keith is joined by The Athletic's James Fegan to discuss the resurgence of Carlos Rodón, the surprising arrival of Yermín Mercedes, Andrew Vaughn's slow start, and all things White Sox. 


Rundown

1:47 A Disappointing Patriot’s Day for Lucas Giolito & the White Sox

4:15 A Rare Instance of Giolito’s Changeup Being Hittable

7:19 Carlos Rodón’s Return to Prominence 

12:28 Is Rodón a More Complete Pitcher Now?

19:15 The Surprising Emergence of Yermín Mercedes

23:45 Andrew Vaughn’s Slow Start

29:29 Garrett Crochet’s 2021 Role


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Apr 20 2021

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Talking Padres and replay woes w/Dennis Lin

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Keith is joined by Dennis Lin, The Athletic’s Padres beat writer, to discuss Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter, the health of Fernando Tatis Jr., ETAs for CJ Abrams, the Padres’ pitching depth, recent problems with MLB’s replay system, and early impressions of Ha-seong Kim.


Rundown

1:40 Joe Musgrove Throws the Padres’ First No-Hitter

3:27 Musgrove’s Evolution on the Mound

5:16 Fernando Tatis Jr. Update

7:34 CJ Abrams’ Timetable for Arrival in San Diego

10:07 Adrian Morejon’s Latest Arm Injury

12:27 MLB’s Recent Replay Issues

16:21 The NL West Outlook

18:10 Similarities and Differences Between Organizations In This Division?

20:35 Early Impressions of Ha-seong Kim


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Follow Dennis on Twitter: @dennistlin

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Apr 13 2021

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White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito on rebuilding his delivery and changing his pitch mix

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Keith is joined by White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito to discuss the changes he's made to his delivery over time, alterations to his pitch mix, and how he improved his arm action and timing. 


Rundown

2:05 What to Expect From 'The Inside Game' 

5:11 How Did You Rebuild Your Delivery?

8:05 Getting Away From the Curveball

10:40 The Development of the Changeup

16:00 Shortening Arm Action & Improving Timing 


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Apr 05 2021

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Kim Ng as a pioneer, an inflection point for baseball and domestic violence, and the yips w/Stephanie Apstein

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Keith is joined by Stephanie Apstein, senior writer at Sports Illustrated to discuss Kim Ng's career as a pioneer in baseball, the Astros' reaction to the Brandon Taubman story, Jose Altuve's case of the yips, and more. 


Rundown

2:15 Kim Ng’s Career as a Baseball Pioneer

7:33 Reducing Barriers for the Next Generation of Female Executives

10:59 Facing Criticism from the Astros After the Brandon Taubman Story

15:46 An Inflection Point in How Baseball Responds to Domestic Violence?

19:50 Jose Altuve’s Case of the Yips

27:52 How Many Players Are Dealing with This Issue?


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Mar 29 2021

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Why bad behavior in baseball matters w/Julie DiCaro

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Keith is joined by Julie DiCaro, senior writer and editor at Deadspin, and author of 'Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being A Woman in America' to discuss why Aroldis Chapman's past matters, how league policies could shift fan attitudes about domestic violence and sexual assault, the complication of lifetime bans, and more. 


Rundown

2:11 'Why Should I Care About Aroldis Chapman’s Past?'

5:35 Can Leagues Shift Fan Attitudes About Domestic Violence?

9:48 The Complications of Lifetime Bans

11:57 The Media's Role in Coverage of Bad Behavior

15:18 Getting Women Into Decision-Making Positions & The Mirror Complex

19:27 Should We Continue to Bring Up Transgressions from the Distant Past?

23:54 Was the Mets' Quick Dismissal of Jared Porter a Sign of Progress? 


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Follow Julie on Twitter: @JulieDiCaro


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Mar 23 2021

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Movies, Oscar Nominations & The Cardinals w/Tim Grierson

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Keith is joined by Tim Grierson, Senior U.S. Critic for ScreenDaily.com, co-host of the Grierson & Leitsch podcast, and author of the recently released book 'This is How You Make a Movie' to discuss his new book, this year's Oscar nominations, and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. 


Rundown

2:43 Inspiration for ’This is How You Make a Movie’

9:31 Appreciation of Great Techniques From Less Than Great Films

13:16 ‘Elf’ and Forced Perspective

17:39 2021 Oscar Nominations

21:59 ‘One Night in Miami’ as a Best Picture Snub

25:48 The Impact of Recency Bias on Oscar Nominations

30:28 ‘The White Tiger’ Gets a Nod

37:28 Are the Cardinals Dangerously Under the Radar in 2021?


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Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrierson


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Mar 15 2021

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Pitching development and making adjustments w/Triston McKenzie

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Keith is joined by Cleveland pitcher Triston McKenzie to discuss his path into baseball, adjustments he's made as a pro, how he's trying to hold his velocity deeper into starts, his choice between going pro and attending Vanderbilt after being drafted, and his involvement with True2U in Cleveland.


Interview w/Triston McKenzie

3:48 Triston’s Path into Baseball & Development as a Pitcher

7:03 Cleveland's Organizational Approach & Adjustments

9:20 Holding Velocity Deeper Into Starts & Building Strength

11:38 Focusing on Health

13:17 The Choice Between Vanderbilt vs. Signing Out of High School

15:47 Working with True2U in Cleveland & Being a Role Model

17:49 How Can MLB Increase Interest with Young Black Athletes


Mailbag Questions

20:08 Chances MLB Changes Course on DH Before Opening Day?

21:11 What is a ‘Feel Pitch’?

23:17 Root for Kumar Rocker to go 1.1 or to Texas?

25:56 Highest Ceiling Among Shortstop Prospects (Non Wander Division)

28:00 Commissioner Law’s Improvements to the Game

32:13 MLB Teams vs. Vandy: Developing Big Leaguers

33:47 Should New Order Be in the Rock and Roll HOF?


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Follow Triston on Twitter: @T_eazy24


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Mar 09 2021

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College Prospects w/Aaron Fitt

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Keith is joined by Aaron Fitt, editor at D1Baseball.com to discuss Kumar Rocker vs. Jack Leiter atop the 2021 draft board, the strengths of the 2021 draft class, Tommy Mace’s move up the board, comps for Sal Frelick, Mississippi State’s loaded rotation, and more. 


Rundown

2:40 Kumar Rocker vs. Jack Leiter at No. 1 Overall

5:14 Strengths of 2021 Draft Class

7:18 Will Teams Prefer High School Players In This Draft?

10:50 Tommy Mace is Moving Up Boards

12:17 Expectations and Comps for Sal Frelick

19:12 ACC & SEC Talent 

22:04 Mississippi State’s Loaded Rotation

26:14 Intriguing Prospects From Smaller College Programs


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Mar 02 2021

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International Scouting & Blue Jays Prospects w/Andrew Tinnish

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Keith is joined by Blue Jays VP of International Scouting Andrew Tinnish to discuss the unique challenges of scouting international players, and several current members of the organization including Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno, Orelvis Martinez, and more. 


Rundown

4:24 Andrew’s Background in International Scouting

7:21 Projecting Physical Growth From Younger Players

9:56 Evaluating Players with Longer Timetables to the Big Leagues

13:21 Alejandro Kirk and the Leap from High-A to MLB

17:29 Gabriel Moreno’s Profile

20:53 Orelvis Martinez’s Bright Future

23:38 The Jays’ Dutch Prospects


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Feb 24 2021

30mins

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Prospects with big growth potential, JJ Bleday's timetable, Spencer Howard's ceiling, and board game questions!

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Keith opens up the mailbag to discuss several prospects -- including expectations for JJ Bleday's arrival in Miami, Spencer Howard's ceiling, Nolan Gorman's long-term position -- and a mix of board game questions. 


Rundown

2:00 Expectations for Atlanta Prospect Bryce Ball

3:34 D.J. Peterson & Mitch Garver, Hitters in New Mexico

6:50 Prospects w/Biggest Growth Potential 

8:18 JJ Bleday’s Timetable

9:51 Evaluation Takeaways From Winter Leagues

10:40 Cubs Starting Pitching Prospects

11:27 Spencer Howard’s Ceiling

12:54 Mason Thompson’s Chances of Being a Starter

13:55 What is Keith's Favorite Bird in Wingspan?

15:28 Who Are the Blue Jays’ Untouchables?

16:48 Time to Alter Expectations for Jo Adell?

17:45 Changes to Oakland’s Draft Strategy & Player Development

20:21 Masyn Winn’s Future

21:35 Ranking the Tigers’ Top Pitching Prospects

22:38 Nolan Gorman’s Long-Term Position

23:27 Simeon Woods Richardson’s Future Role

25:52 Top Priority for MLBPA in CBA Negotiations 

29:12 Best Expansion for Seven Wonders?

30:31 Preferred Place for Reviews in New Fiction

34:59 Positional Value in Top 100 Prospect Rankings


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Feb 15 2021

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Klaw is the best!

By PaulieWalnuts55 - May 11 2020
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Klaw’s interviews are the best. Great new pod!

Great Pod

By EMAWfan4life - May 04 2020
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Really enjoy the old scouting stories! Please do more of them!