Rank #1: The Truth About (the Original) Ty Cobb (Ep. 92)
Rank #2: 'Stros of Today and Stars of Tomorrow (Ep. 97)
The Ringer's Michael Baumann is joined by Jake Kaplan from the Houston Chronicle to discuss Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Cooperstown (03:00), a disappointing trade deadline for the Astros (05:00), Carlos Correa's return (11:15), and the truth behind the funeral for Carlos Beltrán's glove. Then, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs joins the show to talk about Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (23:00) and other late-season call-ups to keep an eye on (29:30).
Rank #3: The First-Half Draft (Ep. 87)
Rank #4: Outclassed Agents and the Future of Labor Relations (Ep. 102)
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the history of MLB players who've worn no. 69 (03:00), an incredible catch in the Junior League World Series (05:30), the Giants' official elimination from the NL West race (06:30), Aroldis Chapman's removal from the Yankees' closer role (08:00), and a short-lived umpire protest (11:00), then talk to R.J. Anderson of CBS Sports about the growing information gap between teams and agents and the future of labor relations in MLB (16:30).
Rank #5: Tyler Flowers, Framing, and the Robot Umps Debate (Ep. 89)
Rank #6: Baseball Biomechanics and the Secrets of Statcast (Ep. 84)
Rank #7: Roasting the 2018 Yankees With Bill Simmons and Jack-O | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 127)
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).
Rank #8: The Mailbag Bats Around (Ep. 106)
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann answer listener questions about playoff chases, statistical milestones, award races, baseball terminology, and more, and try to repair their relationship after having their most vehement disagreement ever.
Rank #9: The Trade-Deadline Roundtable | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 145)
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.
Rank #10: Baseball's Latest DL Losses and Newest Nationalities (Ep. 70)
Rank #11: Texas–St. Louis World Series Game 6, 2011: A Special Sports Rewatchables | The Ringer MLB Show
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
Rank #12: Mike Trout’s $430 Million Contract, Plus Over/Under Bets for All 30 Teams | The Ringer MLB Show
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
Rank #13: 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)
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).
Rank #14: Manny Machado Is a San Diego Padre. All It Took Was $300 Million. | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 169)
We reconvene the 'MLB Show' to discuss the biggest move of the offseason: Manny Machado's breaking the hot stove dry spell by signing the largest free-agent contract in baseball history.
Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram
Rank #15: The Uneven Easts and Noah Syndergaard (Ep. 81)
Rank #16: Streaking, Slumping, and Sign-Stealing (Ep. 107)
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about their enthusiasm for next month's probable playoff matchups (01:00), examine the significance (if any) of the Dodgers' slump and the Indians' and Diamondbacks' hot streaks (03:30), and discuss the Red Sox–Yankees sign-stealing scandal (18:30). Then they bring on longtime baseball scout and executive Tony Blengino for an insider's perspective on sign-stealing (26:00), whether baseball's prohibition on internet-connected devices in the dugout makes sense in an information-rich era (31:00), how the game might change if that ban is lifted (36:45), the state of grudges and gamesmanship between teams (46:00), and the future of scouting in the age of motion-tracking technology (48:45).
Rank #17: Manny Machado Madness Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again (Ep. 71)
Rank #18: A Tale of Two Streaks (Ep. 108)
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about the teams in the midst of baseball's worst of times and best of times, bringing on L.A. Times beat writer Andy McCullough to diagnose the slumping Dodgers (who've lost 10 in a row and 15 of 16) (03:00) and then MLB.com beat writer Jordan Bastian to discuss the unbeatable Indians (who've won 18 in a row and at least temporarily claimed the AL's best record) (36:00).