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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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Excellent Baseball Podcast!

By Dan Heaton - Sep 08 2019
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I was looking for another baseball podcast to go along with Effectively Wild, and The Ringer MLB Show stepped up to the plate. I love the variety of guests and topics, with more of a focus on the latest news. It's well-produced and consistently engaging. Great show for hardcore baseball fans!

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

714 Ratings
Average Ratings
503
63
43
34
71

Excellent Baseball Podcast!

By Dan Heaton - Sep 08 2019
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I was looking for another baseball podcast to go along with Effectively Wild, and The Ringer MLB Show stepped up to the plate. I love the variety of guests and topics, with more of a focus on the latest news. It's well-produced and consistently engaging. Great show for hardcore baseball fans!

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.

Rank #1: The Truth About (the Original) Ty Cobb (Ep. 92)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about Freddie Freeman's performance at third base so far (00:30), the Nationals' trade for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson (02:00), and Matt Holliday's weekend baserunning adventure (06:15). Then, with "Ty Cobb" recently trending for a surprising reason, they talk to Charles Leerhsen, author of 'Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty,' about why the baseball legend was not the cruel, cutthroat racist he's widely believed to be (12:00), how that misconception started (26:30), and what we can learn from how hard it's been to debunk Cobb's bad reputation (49:30).
Jul 17 2017
1 hour
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Rank #2: 'Stros of Today and Stars of Tomorrow (Ep. 97)

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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).

Aug 03 2017
35 mins
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Rank #3: 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
53 mins
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Rank #4: Outclassed Agents and the Future of Labor Relations (Ep. 102)

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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).

Aug 21 2017
53 mins
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Rank #5: Tyler Flowers, Framing, and the Robot Umps Debate (Ep. 89)

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The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about All-Star selection philosophies (1:10) and then tee up Ben’s conversation with Braves catcher Tyler Flowers, an elite pitch framer who’s transformed himself offensively and has, by one measure, been one of the most valuable players in baseball this season (10:25). Then, they discuss whether Flowers’s framing skill is good or bad for baseball (36:55), the obstacles that still stand in the way of a computerized strike zone (42:35), and whether they’re pro-robot umps (45:00).
Jul 06 2017
58 mins
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Rank #6: Baseball Biomechanics and the Secrets of Statcast (Ep. 84)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about balding and baseball hairstyles (01:00), then bring on Kyle Boddy, founder of data-driven training facility Driveline Baseball, to talk about how independent instructors work with teams and college programs (03:45), how Boddy is trying to turn Driveline into baseball's DARPA (12:45), myths about baseball training (16:00), the future of biomechanics in baseball (24:00), and the latest on launch angle and spin rate (26:00). Then, they ask RotoGraphs writer and xStats founder Andrew Perpetua about Statcast's improvements and limitations (32:00) and how he uses Statcast stats to assess skill and project performance (34:00). They wrap up with a brief discussion about the struggle to stay curious about baseball (50:00).
Jun 19 2017
59 mins
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Rank #7: 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
34 mins
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Rank #8: The Mailbag Bats Around (Ep. 106)

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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.

Sep 04 2017
53 mins
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Rank #9: 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
56 mins
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Rank #10: 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
53 mins
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Rank #11: 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
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 11 mins
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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)

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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
51 mins
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Rank #14: Manny Machado Is a San Diego Padre. All It Took Was $300 Million. | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 169)

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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

Feb 20 2019
52 mins
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Rank #15: The Uneven Easts and Noah Syndergaard (Ep. 81)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the AL East's historic strength (03:00) and the NL East's historic weakness (with a focus on the Phillies' stalled rebuild). They they speak to injured Mets starter Noah Syndergaard about his health (12:15), the Mets' struggles this season (15:00), his pitching approach (18:30), how he spends time in New York (27:00), and trends in home runs and strikeouts (30:00). Lastly, Ben and Michael talk about the incentives that often lead to injury for hard-throwing pitchers (34:00).
Jun 08 2017
39 mins
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Rank #16: Streaking, Slumping, and Sign-Stealing (Ep. 107)

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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).

Sep 07 2017
52 mins
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Rank #17: 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
47 mins
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Rank #18: A Tale of Two Streaks (Ep. 108)

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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).

Sep 11 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #19: 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
55 mins
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Rank #20: Tom Verducci on the Curveball Comeback (Ep. 77)

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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann start off with a quick edition of "College Baseball Player or Fictional Racing Driver" (02:30). Then they bring on Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and Fox Sports/MLB Network analyst Tom Verducci to discuss his new SI cover story about the high-tech ways in which teams are evaluating breaking balls (04:30), why the curveball is becoming more common and disrupting traditional pitch-usage patterns (06:00), how an emphasis on spin rate could affect the pitcher-batter balance (18:00), and how Verducci reports on trends that teams could consider competitive advantages (28:45).
May 25 2017
41 mins
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