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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.


Episode Date
The Mariners Go Back-to-Back With Blockbusters to the Mets, Phillies | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 168)
00:27:24

We break our hiatus to discuss the Mariners selling their roster pieces off. First, Robinson Canó and Edwin Diaz to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and prospects (1:00). Then, Jean Segura and two relievers to the Phillies for J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana (14:00).

Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Dec 04, 2018
Early Offseason Roundup and MLB’s Messy Political Ties | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 167)
01:01:52

Josh Donaldson lands in Atlanta (2:20), most teams in the league are looking to blow it up (11:40), and Kyler Murray has a big decision to make (28:25). Then, where did MLB go wrong with Cindy Hyde-Smith and what does it do from here? (39:10).

Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Nov 28, 2018
The Great James Paxton Debate | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 166)
00:53:03

Is Paxton the top-10 pitcher the Yankees need? Plus, Adrián Beltré's two-decade career has come to an end, assessing the state of the Cy Young and MVP races, and wondering what the hell is going on on Bryce Harper’s head.

Nov 20, 2018
Parsing the Allegations Against the Mariners | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 165)
00:56:44

Dr. Lorena Martin’s accounts of sexism and racism inside the Seattle Mariners front office (2:03), some early offseason trades (14:11), Rookie of the Year (29:22), and Joe Mauer sailing off into the sunset (46:22).

Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Nov 13, 2018
Where Do We Want the Top Free Agents to Go? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 164)
01:02:40

A rapid-fire look at offseason news headlines — including Clayton Kershaw re-upping with the Dodgers and the Mets hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to be their GM (3:07). Then, a breakdown of the notable free agents and where they fit best (33:44).

Nov 06, 2018
The Red Sox Have Won Their Fourth World Series of the Century | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 163)
00:58:41

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the ease with which Boston dispatched Los Angeles to win its fourth World Series of the century (1:30). Then, the three discuss what this means for generational ace Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers going forward (40:32).

Oct 29, 2018
The Red Sox Have Taken Control of the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 162)
00:52:14

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by fellow staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the dominance of the Red Sox lineup through Games 1 and 2 of the World Series (1:15). Then, the trio discuss some leaguewide hiring news, including the three managerial hirings and the Mets’ GM search (44:26).

Oct 26, 2018
The 2018 World Series Preview | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 161)
00:56:04

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to look back at the Dodgers’ triumph over the Brewers in the NLCS (2:26) and discuss the most prominent upcoming storylines of the World Series (12:42). Then they give their World Series predictions and MVP picks (47:06).

Oct 22, 2018
The Red Sox Have Flipped the Script. Will the Dodgers Meet Them in the Fall Classic? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 160)
01:01:49

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
Playoff Kershaw Is Snakebitten Again, Plus the Red Sox Are Still Alive in the AL | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 159)
00:55:03

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss another substandard playoff start from Clayton Kershaw, Dave Roberts’s strange roster choices, and a shaky Brewers bullpen (1:53). Then, they wonder whether Red Sox ace Chris Sale can get over a stomach illness that dampened his Game 1 start, and whether the Red Sox offense can keep the team alive in Houston (35:13).

Oct 15, 2018
Is the World Series Headed For a Rematch? Previewing the Championship Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 158)
00:49:26

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to predict storylines and key players for the AL and NL Championship Series, including whether the Red Sox stand a chance against the juggernaut Astros (8:40), and whether Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen will look human against a deep Dodgers lineup (27:26).

Oct 11, 2018
Red Sox–Yankees ALDS Recap With Bill Simmons and JackO | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 157)
00:33:47

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons gleefully calls his buddy JackO, a Yankees fan, to discuss Boston's win over New York in the 2018 ALDS.

Oct 10, 2018
The Red Sox vs. Yankees Power Shift, Plus Can the Dodgers Be the Brewers’ Kryptonite? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 156)
00:50:04

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram to discuss the shortcomings of Yankees manager Aaron Boone against his counterpart Alex Cora (2:25). Then, they recap the disappointing performance gaps in the NL Division Series and wonder whether the Dodgers and Brewers will match up more evenly (28:33).

Oct 09, 2018
AL and NL Division Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 155)
00:54:20

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to break down the NL division series matchups between the Braves and Dodgers and the hipster-baseball-fan series of the year, the Brewers and Rockies (1:11). Then Ben Lindbergh comes on to share his experience at the wild-card game at Yankee Stadium (26:00) and give predictions on how the AL division series will unfold (27:30).

Oct 04, 2018
Wild-Card Previews and Tiebreaker Madness | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 154)
00:55:27

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann brings on Zach Kram to talk about how the Athletics aren’t as much of an underdog against the Yankees in the AL wild card as some might think (1:47). Then, Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss the Brewers-Cubs and Rockies-Dodgers tiebreakers as well as how the ensuing wild-card game between the Cubs and the Rockies will shake out (24:14).

Oct 02, 2018
The All-Ringer Team | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 153)
01:04:19

Ringer staff writers Michael Baumann and Zach Kram discuss the players who most excited and fascinated the Ringer staff in 2018, including Shohei Ohtani and Matt Chapman (1:53). Then, Ben Lindbergh hops on to discuss the story lines from this season we’ll remember most (38:42).


New York and Boston Go Nuts, and We Go Nuts About Shohei Ohtani | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 130)

Sam Miller: The Year That ... : Finding the single memory that defines each baseball season since 1903

Sep 25, 2018
Listener Questions, Interleague Play, and Finding Joy in September Baseball | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 152)
01:03:16

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about reasons to enjoy baseball even if your team isn’t in the pennant race (2:10). Then producer Bobby Wagner steps in front of the microphone to join Baumann in fielding listener questions during a special mailbag segment (19:41). Finally, Ben Lindbergh jumps in to discuss the National League’s best interleague performance in 15 years, and how the balance of power has shifted (40:56).

Sep 18, 2018
The Brewers’ Hot Pursuit of the Cubs in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 151)
00:51:42

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Ringer senior editor Ryan O’Hanlon to talk about the Milwaukee Brewers’ dogged pursuit of the first-place Cubs as well as how to judge how tight a playoff race is (1:56). Then staff writer Ben Lindbergh weighs in on the NL East race and the potential effects of bad weather on baseball down the stretch (29:11).

Sep 11, 2018
Bold Predictions For September | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 150)
00:46:24

In this episode, Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann solicits bold predictions for the MLB stretch run. Zach Kram joins the show to talk about the Tampa Bay Rays’ chase for the AL wild card (0:00), Claire McNear predicts that Bryce Harper will put one last exclamation point on his Nationals career (16:00), and Ben Lindbergh talks about Jacob deGrom’s historically low win total and how it might help him win the NL Cy Young Award (26:00).

Sep 04, 2018
Ranking the Playoff Races and Getting Wonky With WAR | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 149)
01:03:28

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to draft the eight MLB playoff races and rank them from most to least interesting (2:30). Then Ben Lindbergh joins the show to talk about Aaron Nola’s weird statistical season, how WAR and advanced defensive metrics work, and the state of public sabermetrics (32:30).

Aug 28, 2018
The Cards, the Kids, the Chaos | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 148)
00:59:05

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the St. Louis Cardinals, who are resurgent under new manager Mike Shildt, and their exciting rookie center fielder Harrison Bader (1:20). Then Little League World Series superfan Mark Titus joins the show to discuss the action in Williamsport (22:10) before Ben Lindbergh closes the episode with a look at how the much-discussed all-or-nothing approach to team building has affected the MLB pennant races (36:18).

Aug 21, 2018
Go West and Players Weekend | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 147)
00:53:37

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the surprisingly crowded NL West race, then goes over the highlights and disappointments of the Players Weekend nicknames and uniforms with Sean Yoo. Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to break down where the AL West race stands in the aftermath of Seattle's sweep of the Astros.

Aug 14, 2018
Playoff Odds, Fantasy Updates, and Lance Lynn | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 146)
00:48:49

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
The Trade-Deadline Roundtable | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 145)
00:56:31

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
Hand, Foot, and Mets Disease | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 144)
01:03:50

The Mets are having an exciting couple of weeks, so this week's show is a Metstravaganza. Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann brings on Zach Kram to talk about the recent Jeurys Familia trade and the potential Jacob deGrom trade (02:00). Editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey explains what the Wilpon ownership group is doing wrong, and what it's like to root for a team that can't get out of its own way (19:30). Finally, Ben Lindbergh speculates on where the franchise might head from here, and when the Mets might be competitive again (42:30).


Hosted by: Michael BaumannZach KramSean Fennessey and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network



Jul 24, 2018
More Machado Trade Rumors, a Night of Dingers, and the End of the Mike Matheny Era | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 143)
00:58:23

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann discusses the latest Manny Machado–to-the-Dodgers rumors with Zach Kram (02:00), then talks to Robert Mays about his beloved Chicago Cubs (21:30). Then Ben Lindbergh breaks down the ignoble end to Mike Matheny's tenure in St. Louis, with home run derby chat scattered throughout (36:00).



Jul 17, 2018
All-Star Rosters and the Abyss in Baltimore and Kansas City | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 142)
00:44:44

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the All-Star rosters, including the snub of Rays lefty Blake Snell, and find out what works and what doesn't in the Midsummer Classic (01:00). Then Ben Lindbergh joins the podcast for a spirited conversation about the two worst teams in MLB, the Royals and Orioles, and how Baltimore ought to handle trade speculation about free-agent-to-be Manny Machado (23:00).


Hosted by: Michael BaumannZach Kram, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network




Jul 10, 2018
Unrest in Washington, Our Beloved Willians Astudillo, and Jon Gray's Puzzling Demotion | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 141)
00:43:06

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Washington Nationals' brutal June and the Oakland Athletics' chances of breaking into the AL playoff race (01:15). Then Megan Schuster comes on the pod to talk about our staff's favorite player: Twins rookie utilityman Willians Astudillo (18:10). Finally, Ben Lindbergh explains why the Colorado Rockies just demoted their Opening Day starter, and how that demotion is even weirder than it looks (27:47).

Jul 03, 2018
Landscape of a Trade Deadline, Matt Kemp's Return to Los Angeles, and the Lowly AL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 140)
00:51:37

The Ringer's Zach Kram talks to Michael Baumann about trade deadline possibilities around the league (01:30) before "The Chief" Craig Gaines joins the show to discuss Matt Kemp and the resurgent Dodgers (19:00). Then, Ben Lindbergh discusses the Cleveland Indians' hold on the AL Central (36:30).


Credits:

Hosted by: Zach KramMichael BaumannCraig Gaines, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network



Jun 26, 2018
David and Goliath in the AL West and Washington's Boring All-Star Game Uniforms | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 139)
00:48:59

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann talks about the red-hot Houston Astros with Zach Kram (01:15) and takes apart the newly released All-Star Game uniforms with Ringer designer Matt James (18:15). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins the show to explain how a ragtag team out of Seattle is keeping pace with Houston's juggernaut (32:30).

Credits:

Hosted by: Michael BaumannZach KramMatt James, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network



Jun 19, 2018
Ohtani's Elbow, the Resurgent Giants, and a Surprisingly Civil DH Argument | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 139)
00:49:44

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who lays out the implications of Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury and what it means for the Angels and baseball (01:30). Then Claire McNear discusses the surprisingly resilient Giants, who remain in the NL West hunt despite a slew of pitcher injuries (20:15). Finally, Ben Lindbergh defends his anti-DH stance and attempts to balance joy with efficiency (29:00).


Credits:

Hosted by: Michael BaumannZach KramClaire McNear, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network



Jun 12, 2018
Kershaw's Back, But Not For Long; Kyler Murray's Two-Sport Odyssey; and Jake Arrieta's Equine Metaphors | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 138)
00:49:55

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann attempts to shoehorn the MLB draft into numerous conversations: first with Zach Kram on Clayton Kershaw's latest injury, then with Rodger Sherman on why Oakland drafted Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and finally with Ben Lindbergh on the Phillies' rough weekend and the perils of the shift.

Jun 05, 2018
What Jerry Dipoto Did, Gleyber Torres and the Youth, And Stop Disrespecting Mike Trout | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 137)
00:59:59

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Denard Span–Álex Colomé trade and the Mariners' surprising staying power in the pennant race (02:30). Then Ben Glicksman comes on to talk about Yankees wunderkind Gleyber Torres (21:30), and Ben Lindbergh explains why—despite what you might have heard—Mike Trout is still the best player in baseball (37:15).


Credits:

Hosted by: Michael BaumannZach KramBen Glicksman, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network



May 30, 2018
Bullpenning in Tampa Bay, a Youth Movement in Washington, and Big Heat in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 136)
00:51:15

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who details the Tampa Bay Rays' innovative and controversial new pitching tactics (01:45). Then Claire McNear drops by to talk about Rich Hill's blisters and the league's latest teenage sensation, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (20:15). Finally Ben Lindbergh makes a quick appearance—though not as quick as the fastballs of relievers Jordan Hicks and Josh Hader, who have made headlines this week for different reasons (33:00).


Credits:

Hosted by: Michael Baumann, Zach Kram, Claire McNear, and Ben Lindbergh

Produced by: Jim Cunningham

Brought to you by: The Ringer Podcast Network


May 22, 2018
Cano's Suspension, Legalized Gambling, and the Electric Fernando Romero | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 135)
00:45:54

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to examine the impact of Robinson Cano testing positive for a banned diuretic, from how the 80-game suspension will hurt this year's Mariners to how it could hurt Cano's Hall of Fame chances (02:00). Then Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis joins the podcast to talk about the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on sports betting, how it reflects on baseball's colorful history with gambling, and how it might change the way we talk about the game going forward (21:00). Finally, Megan Schuster explains what's so special about Twins rookie right-hander Fernando Romero and breaks down the bizarre start to the race for the AL Central (36:00).

May 15, 2018
Baby Braves, Red Sox Go to New York, and Cratering Kershaw | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 134)
00:55:26

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann starts this week's show by joining Zach Kram to stare at the Braves' young stars in slack-jawed awe (01:55). He then talks Yankees-Red Sox and the star qualities of Luis Severino and Mookie Betts with Paolo Uggetti (22:25) before asking Ben Lindbergh if Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher in baseball (37:08).

May 08, 2018
Corey Seager's Busted Elbow, Gerrit Cole's Mighty Arm, and Didi vs. Jeter | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 133)
00:53:00

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann wanted to talk to Zach Kram about the dominant Arizona Diamondbacks, but fittingly, the Dodgers overshadowed their rivals again by announcing that star shortstop Corey Seager is out for the season (03:00). Then he talks about Gerrit Cole's impressive April with Ringer editor Ben Glicksman (19:30), and Ben Lindbergh gives his thoughts on Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius's power surge (33:45).

May 01, 2018
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)
00:51:06

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
Is It Time to Panic in Chicago and Washington? Has the Balance of Power Shifted in Los Angeles? And Is Kurt Suzuki the Best Catcher in Baseball? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 131)
00:52:13

Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the upside-down NL East (01:15) and NL Central races (10:00) then marvels at the Angels' hot start with Ben Lindbergh (21:15). Finally Ringer senior editor and staff contrarian Ryan "O'Headline" O'Hanlon joins the pod to talk about whether pitch framing is dishonorable (37:30) and whether Aaron Judge is still the worst player in baseball (46:15).

Apr 18, 2018
New York and Boston Go Nuts, and We Go Nuts About Shohei Ohtani | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 130)
01:06:28

The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the 8-1 Mets (01:45), then brings in Ben Lindbergh to marvel at Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani's stellar week (16:00). Finally, Bill Simmons drops by to talk about Ohtani's unique star potential (30:45), the Red Sox (46:30), and the story lines that could make this regular season one to remember (53:00).



Apr 10, 2018
Freaking Out in Philly, Ohtani's Debut(s), the State of the New York Empire, and the Astros' Two-Way Dominance | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 129)
00:52:32

The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Chris Ryan about rookie Phillies manager Gabe Kapler's creative bullpen use (01:00). Then he brings in Zach Kram to talk about Shohei Ohtani's debut(s) (16:00) and Sean Yoo to talk about the Yankees' return to Evil Empire status (28:15), before Ben Lindbergh closes with the Astros' new-look rotation (38:00) and the awkward timing of Yuli Gurriel's suspension (47:00).


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Apr 03, 2018
Going Over (and Under) the 2018 Season | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 128)
00:55:07

Ringer writer Michael Baumann examines the Vegas win total over/unders for all 30 teams, featuring Zach Kram on the AL West (02:00) and NL Central (14:00), Claire McNear on the NL East (23:30) and NL West (29:45), and Ben Lindbergh on the AL Central (37:30) and AL East (44:15).


You can find the official Ringer merch store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop



Mar 27, 2018
Roasting the 2018 Yankees With Bill Simmons and Jack-O | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 127)
00:34:47

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
Missing Machado (Already), Shohei Ohtani Fantasy Watch, the Puzzling Mets, and Free-Agency Roundup | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 126)
00:52:13

The Ringer's Michael Baumann kicks off the 2018 baseball season by needling Mallory Rubin about Manny Machado's future in Baltimore (01:15) and chatting with Zach Kram about the unique problems that Shoehei Otani poses for fantasy baseball (08:30). Then Sean Fennessey joins the show to discuss the confusing and frustrating Mets (22:00) and Ben Lindbergh closes out the show with free-agency talk (34:30).


Read Claire McNear's article on the future of Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals here: https://t.co/af1FgWUhxH

Mar 20, 2018
The Early-Offseason Activity Roundup (Ep. 125)
01:00:45

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann catch up with a wave of early-offseason moves, including a quintet of managerial hirings and the emergence of a new model of manager (06:00), the players association's perplexing stance on Shohei Otani (27:30), the opt-in decisions of a trio of pitchers (and the extension of Justin Upton) (39:00), potentially era-ending option decisions regarding Andre Ethier, Ichiro Suzuki, and Jose Bautista, and the Yasmani Grandal trade market (49:00).

Nov 06, 2017
The Astros’ Wait Is Over (Ep. 124)
00:56:49

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Game 7 of the World Series, dwelling on the Dodgers’ lack of timely hitting, Yu Darvish’s Series struggles, the argument that Clayton Kershaw should have started Game 7 instead, and how the Astros-Dodgers battle stacks up historically. Then they talk about the effectiveness of (and backlash to) tanking, how hard it is to win titles, whether teams can still become dynasties in baseball today, and how the Astros and Dodgers set up for the future (spoiler: pretty well).

Nov 02, 2017
The World Series One-ups Itself and Shea Serrano (Ep. 123)
00:59:33

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the story lines and hangover from a historic World Series Game 5, including home runs and slick balls (04:30), Clayton Kershaw's renewed postseason struggles (11:30), bad (and depleted) bullpens (14:00), a series of incredible comebacks and unlikely events involving baseball's best teams and biggest stars (24:00), and Yuli Gurriel's deferred suspension (31:30). Then they bring on colleague and brand-new baseball writer Shea Serrano to discuss the experience of seeing Game 5 through the eyes of a newly minted Astros fan (40:00).

Oct 30, 2017
The Astros and Dodgers Flip Out (Ep. 122)
00:54:58

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann go deep on Game 2 of the World Series, a classic tilt between the Astros and Dodgers. They dissect Dave Roberts's fateful decision to pull starter Rich Hill after four innings (02:45), then draft their favorite moments from the game (13:00), from the eight home runs (16:00) to the bat flips (18:00) to a series of bizarre outfield deflections (27:30). They conclude by discussing the Yankees' controversial decision to part ways with manager Joe Girardi (45:45).

Oct 26, 2017
Championship Series Wrap and World Series Preview (Ep .121)
01:00:58

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann close the book on the championship series by reviewing the Astros' incredible curveball usage (and bullpen avoidance) in ALCS Game 7 (02:45), tipping their caps to the vanquished Cubs and Yankees (14:00), and discussing their top reasons to be excited about the World Series and explaining why the Dodgers-Astros matchup seems so even (21:00). They finish by reflecting on the dismissal of Dusty Baker and the managerial moves of the Mets, Tigers, and Red Sox (49:00).

Oct 23, 2017
The Yankees' Comeback, the Dodgers' Dominance, and Problems With Playoff Managing (Ep. 120)
01:01:05

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down both championship series, starting with the Yankees' comeback from an 0-2 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over the Astros (05:00), the resurgence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (08:00), the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium (15:45), misleading momentum (19:30), and the Astros' issues on offense and in the bullpen (21:00). Then they discuss how the Dodgers have outplayed the Cubs en route to a 3-1 series lead (38:00) and how the Cubs saved themselves in Game 4 (43:30), and wrap up with a conversation about how postseason managing has evolved more quickly than some managers can handle (50:15).

Oct 19, 2017
Astros Aces, Dodgers Bats, and Two 2-0 Series (Ep. 119)
00:58:15

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Ben's furtive baseball-watching on his wedding weekend (02:00), then break down both of the 2-0 championship series (05:00), beginning with the brilliance of Astros starters Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander (12:00), the riveting tag team of José Altuve and Carlos Correa (21:30), the exciting send-off Altuve gave Game 2 (25:00), and the offensive struggles of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (27:30), and ending with the heroics of Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner (30:30), the latest backlash against Puig (42:30), the Cubs' faltering bullpen and Joe Maddon's flagging tactical reputation (48:00), and a discussion about which series is more likely to produce a comeback (52:00).

Oct 16, 2017
Strasburg's Statement, the Yankees' Comeback, and Farrell's Firing (Ep. 118)
00:58:24

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann marvel at a sick Stephen Strasburg's brilliant performance in Game 4 of the NLDS (02:00) and condemn the macho culture that questioned his character before the start (10:00). Then they analyze the Yankees' unlikely recovery to beat Cleveland after trailing 2-0 in the ALDS (25:30), preview the Astros-Yankees ALCS (35:00), salute the three teams eliminated from the playoffs this week (48:30), and reflect on the firing of former Red Sox skipper John Farrell (49:30).

Oct 12, 2017
Weekend Takeaways and the States of the Series (Ep. 117)
00:52:48

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the weekend's playoff action, starting with Joe Girardi's curious relationship with the challenge and Aaron Judge's untimely slump (02:00), then David Price's emergence as Boston's only trustworthy pitcher (23:00) and Jose Altuve's .700-plus batting average (32:45). Then they wrestle with Clayton Kershaw's playoff reputation (37:45), whether Arizona is good enough to come back from a 2-0 deficit (42:00), and Joe Maddon's bullpen management in the Cubs' Game 2 loss to Washington (46:00).

Oct 09, 2017
Ten Reasons to Get Excited for the Playoffs (Ep. 116)
01:04:36

The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Ryan O’Hanlon present the casual fan’s guide to baseball playoffs by explaining what they look forward to most in October (2:10). Plus, they are joined by The Ringer’s resident Cubs fan Robert Mays to chat about his team’s chances of repeating as the World Series champions (50:19).

Oct 06, 2017
Wild-Card Recap and Division Series Setup (Ep. 115)
00:54:55

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about their takeaways from the Yankees' and Diamondbacks' lengthy and eventful wins in the wild-card games, focusing on how those games may have given us a glimpse at what's in store for the rest of the playoffs (02:00). Then they preview all four division series matchups, with prop bets and predictions (13:00).

Oct 05, 2017
The Playoff Preview Episode (Ep. 114)
00:53:16

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann celebrate the extension of Clayton Kershaw's ERA reduction streak (01:00), then bring on their colleague Zach Kram for a wide-ranging playoff preview, including thoughts on wild-card game formats and strategy (10:30), the lopsided nature of this year's wild-card matchups (22:15), whether there's such a thing as a way to win in the playoffs (25:00), which relievers and bullpens are best suited for heavy playoff workloads (32:00), which teams might be at a particular advantage or disadvantage in October (37:00), and which teams might produce the best stories this month (44:00).

Oct 02, 2017
Difficult Awards Decisions and the Derek Jeter Regime (Ep. 113)
00:53:06

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about Michael’s blasts-from-the-past Diamond Mind draft (0:20) and the White Sox broadcast crew’s beliefs about batting around (2:50), then discuss the evolution of BBWAA awards voting (0:00), why some of this season’s awards races are too close to call (5:35), and which players they would pick for MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year (11:10). Later, they bring back baseball historian, writer, and podcaster Steven Goldman to discuss ex-player precedents for Derek Jeter’s ascension to an ownership role with the Marlins (21:45), why the transition from beloved, legendary player to baseball-operations executive doesn’t always go smoothly (24:15), and whether the Marlins will be better off under the Jeter regime (29:50).

Sep 28, 2017
Kneeling, Netting, and Otani (Ep. 112)
01:03:11

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the Nationals' 'Game of Thrones' cosplay (02:00), the Angels' possible salary manipulation (03:30), and the Rockies-Brewers wild-card race (07:00). Then they talk to Yahoo Sports columnist Jeff Passan about Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell's decision to kneel during the national anthem (12:30), the debate about extending the netting at MLB ballparks (40:00), and the latest outlook for Shohei Otani's potential free agency (50:00). Lastly, they discuss a new baseball acronym and the stakes in Clayton Kershaw's last regular-season start (58:00).

Sep 25, 2017
How to Savor September, and MLB's Home Run Future (Ep. 111)
00:56:23

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann begin by recounting the best listener-submitted nicknames for their guest on the previous episode, Blue Jays hit-by-pitch machine Nick Sinay (01:30). Then, with most of the pennant races decided, Ben and Michael list some of the best reasons to pay attention to the rest of regular-season baseball, from the few remaining playoff races to team records to individual accomplishments (04:00). Lastly, they bring on FanGraphs writer Travis Sawchik to discuss whether home runs will keep coming at record rates (30:30), and how the current high-home-run environment complicates scouting and team-building (41:00).

Sep 21, 2017
Talking to a Hit-by-Pitch King (Ep. 110)
00:42:50

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann dissect the stats of Blue Jays minor leaguer Nick Sinay, one of the most hit-by-pitch-prone players of all time (02:15), and play a quick game of "Pitcher who's posted at least a 50 Game Score in the last 30 days or pop-punk/emo front man" (09:30). Then they bring on Sinay to find out why and where he gets hit so often (16:30), how many bruises he has (21:00), how he stays on the field despite getting plunked every other game (on average) (23:00), and whether his unique style of play can take him higher on the minor league ladder (30:00).

Sep 18, 2017
The Unbeatable Team, Shohei Otani, and Baseball Meets 'Star Trek' (Ep. 109)
00:53:27

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Cleveland's record winning streak (02:45), the prospect of Shohei Otani signing with an MLB team this offseason (05:45), and the continued offensive excellence of the Phillies' Rhys Hoskins (10:30). Then, in a special Space Week crossover, they bring on Ira Steven Behr, former executive producer and showrunner of 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' to reminisce about the origin, making, and legacy of the legendary 'Deep Space Nine' baseball episode, "Take Me Out to the Holosuite" (14:45).

Sep 14, 2017
A Tale of Two Streaks (Ep. 108)
01:01:19

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
Streaking, Slumping, and Sign-Stealing (Ep. 107)
00:52:49

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
The Mailbag Bats Around (Ep. 106)
00:53:58

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
15 Prop Bets for the Stretch Run (Ep. 105)
00:53:25

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto's latest trade (03:30), the MLB pitching debut of Astros rookie (and two-way college star) J.D. Davis (08:00), and Indians owner Paul Dolan's latest comments on Cleveland's logo (11:00). Then, they discuss 15 over/unders for the rest of the 2017 season and offer several pennant-race predictions (15:00).

Aug 31, 2017
Stanton, Hoskins, and 'Game of Thrones' (Ep. 104)
00:56:33

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the hot home run streaks of Rhys Hoskins and Giancarlo Stanton (03:15), then talk to Pirates catcher Chris Stewart about 'Game of Thrones' and 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' his opinion on incest in Westeros (14:00), being baseball's biggest bookworm (20:00), whether any other series has the same cachet in the clubhouse (32:30), how he helps instill the Pirates' pitching philosophy in new acquisitions (35:00), his struggles to stay healthy as a big catcher in his mid-30s (42:30), his top book recommendations (44:45), and more. Lastly, Michael conducts a quick chat with another big 'Game of Thrones' fan, Nationals pitcher Shawn Kelley (48:00).

Aug 28, 2017
Rich Hill, the Home Run Record, and the Evolution of Position Playing (Ep. 103)
00:48:52

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about Rich Hill’s brilliant, heartbreaking, nine-no-hit-inning loss (0:35), Giancarlo Stanton’s comments about the single-season home run record (6:10), and why every record comes with caveats (8:10). Then, they talk to Baseball Prospectus writer Russell Carleton about how teams are abandoning traditional defensive alignments (12:40), why it’s becoming more common for players to play multiple positions (23:40), and whether techniques such as the four-man outfield, the Waxahachie Swap, and swapping corner defenders based on batter handedness make strategic sense (33:25).

Aug 24, 2017
Outclassed Agents and the Future of Labor Relations (Ep. 102)
00:53:16

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
The Marlins Sale, Slugging Stanton, and the Hot Hand (Ep. 101)
00:51:57

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the four-man outfield that the Cubs deployed against Joey Votto (01:00), then discuss the reportedly proceeding sale of the Miami Marlins (05:30), the possible impending demise of the Marlins Park home run sculpture (07:30), Giancarlo Stanton's hot streak (11:00), and whether it makes sense for the Marlins to trade the face of their franchise (16:30). Then they bring on FiveThirtyEight writer Rob Arthur to talk about his recent research into the "hot hand" effect for pitchers and why his method succeeds in detecting and predicting hot streaks where so many previous statistical attempts have failed (24:00).

Aug 17, 2017
Developing the Stacked White Sox System, and Girls Resisting Softball (Ep. 100)
01:02:34

On their centenary episode, The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about Bryce Harper's bone bruise and the AL wild-card logjam (03:30), then talk to former big leaguer and current White Sox player development director Chris Getz about how he and the rest of the White Sox front office plan to turn baseball's best farm system into a winning major league team (11:30), how the organization decides when to promote players to the bigs (21:00), and what highly touted rookie Yoan Moncada still has to work on (38:30). Then they bring on Liz Roscher of Yahoo Sports to talk about the latest Baseball For All tournament (42:30), why more and more girls are resisting being forced to switch from baseball to softball (46:00), the continuing relevance of 'A League of Their Own' (48:45), and what the future holds for girls and women in baseball (54:00).

Aug 14, 2017
Cold Judge, Hot Trout, and Player Nicknames (Ep. 99)
00:57:39

The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about an Angels team photo (1:15), the Mets-Indians Jay Bruce trade (2:00), and an Astros blooper (4:05). Then, they bring on ESPN’s Mark Simon to discuss how teams are attacking the slumping Aaron Judge (6:30) and Mike Trout’s continued dominance (15:50). After that, they welcome Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman of MLB.com and Cespedes Family BBQ to talk about the best and the worst player-chosen nicknames for the upcoming Players Weekend (27:45), and whether the event signals a thaw in baseball’s aversion to self-expression (44:55). Lastly, Ben and Michael discuss what Jerry Dipoto did (53:35).

Aug 10, 2017
The Unstoppable Dodgers, A-Rod's Redemption, and More (Ep. 98)
00:59:47

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the leveling out of the infield shift (03:00); the significance of the Dodgers' pursuit of the all-time regular-season wins record (14:30), and the team's playoff outlook (22:00). Then they talk about the latest phase of the Alex Rodriguez redemption saga (32:00), a report about Dave Dombrowski being barred from trading Boston's top prospects (40:30), the Orioles' refusal to spend on the international market (49:00), and, with an assist from FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan and Baseball Prospectus's Meg Rowley, a late-breaking update on what Jerry Dipoto did (55:00).

Aug 07, 2017
'Stros of Today and Stars of Tomorrow (Ep. 97)
00:35:45

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
The Trade Deadline Dissected (Ep. 96)
00:52:25

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann celebrate Adrián Beltré's 3,000th hit and improbable Hall of Fame career path (04:00), then break down all the action on trade-deadline day, including the Dodgers adding Yu Darvish to their already-formidable rotation (10:00), the Yankees acquiring Sonny Gray and Jaime García (21:30), and other contenders (including the Red Sox, Indians, and Nationals) restocking their bullpens (25:00). They also discuss whether teams such as the Red Sox, Astros, and Orioles should have been more active (27:30), as well as the steep decline in the value of Jonathan Lucroy (38:30), who was traded at a second consecutive deadline, this time for a much smaller return.

Aug 01, 2017
Hall of Fame Weekend and 'The Cooperstown Casebook' (Ep. 95)
00:52:25

On the eve of the Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony, The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Sports Illustrated writer Jay Jaffe to discuss the future of Hall of Fame debates (06:00), how the Hall would be different if Jay could pick the plaques (12:00), several overlooked inductees and candidates (19:30), Adrián Beltré and the BBWAA's bias against third basemen (27:30), how the Hall should handle relievers (44:00), and Jay's new book, 'The Cooperstown Casebook' (48:00).

Jul 27, 2017
Parity, Payroll, and Deadline Decisions (Ep. 94)
00:51:59

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the injuries that forced Clayton Kershaw and Stephen Strasburg to leave their Sunday starts early (02:30), then bring on FiveThirtyEight editor and senior sportswriter Neil Paine to talk about the unusual eliteness of 2017's top teams (10:30), how to evaluate whether a team should buy or sell at the trade deadline (16:00), the teams with the toughest buy/sell decisions this season (38:30), the best matches between contending teams and expendable players (41:00), and the outlook for Aaron Judge (43:30).

Jul 24, 2017
Trade Season Starts Early (Ep. 93)
00:55:25
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the Astros' funeral for Carlos Beltrán's glove (01:15), the problem with baseball humor (02:30), and why teams aren't waiting for the deadline to make moves (05:30). Then they round up the news from a busy baseball week, including: the Yankees–White Sox trade (08:30); Yoan Moncada's promotion (18:30); the battle to be Chicago's best-looking third baseman (20:45); the Carlos Correa injury (22:15); Kris Bryant's close call (22:00); the pros and cons of headfirst slides (22:30); the J.D. Martinez deal (and why Detroit didn't get more) (30:00); the changing tenor of trade analysis (37:30); Orioles trade rumors (41:30); the red-hot Dodgers and Dodger Stadium naming rights (43:30); what constitutes a blockbuster (47:30); and, for the first time in months, what Jerry Dipoto did (51:30).
Jul 20, 2017
The Truth About (the Original) Ty Cobb (Ep. 92)
01:00:44
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
The Quintana Trade and the Most Fascinating Rest-of-Season Storylines (Ep. 91)
01:00:23
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
Explaining the Unlikeliest All-Stars (Ep. 90)
01:04:55
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on a series of writers (including Eric Stephen, Rustin Dodd, Dan Hayes, Andrew Stoeten, and Zach Buchanan) to explain the anomalous seasons of five veterans who are making their first trips to the All-Star Game: Alex Wood (04:15), Jason Vargas (15:15), Avisaíl García (28:00), Justin Smoak (40:30), and Zack Cozart (53:00). In the process, they also discuss the trade-deadline outlooks of the Dodgers, Royals, White Sox, Blue Jays, and Reds.
Jul 10, 2017
Tyler Flowers, Framing, and the Robot Umps Debate (Ep. 89)
00:58:43
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
Let the Trade Talk Begin (Ep. 88)
00:53:24
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports to talk about the likely (and unlikely) buyers and sellers at this month's MLB trade deadline (01:00), what the contenders can do to address their weaknesses (13:00), the best bats and arms available (31:00), the impact that the massive 2018-19 free-agent classes could have on the market throughout the next year (45:00), and the latest on Japanese superstar Shohei Otani's MLB ETA (48:00).
Jul 03, 2017
The First-Half Draft (Ep. 87)
00:53:13
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
The Dodgers, the Freeze, and Julio Urías (Ep. 86)
00:44:09
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss a wild Dodgers win and the surprising longevity of weak-hitting Michael Martínez (05:30), then talk to superhero/sprinter/Braves grounds crew member Nigel Talton (a.k.a. "the Freeze") about becoming a between-innings phenomenon at SunTrust Park this season (09:30). Lastly, they bring on orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Dugas to discuss the season-ending injury to Dodgers phenom Julio Urías (25:15), the prognosis for his career and return (28:00), and why shoulder injuries have become less common among major league pitchers (32:30).
Jun 26, 2017
Marly Rivera on the Lives of Latino Players (Ep. 85)
00:51:09
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman potentially moving to third (01:00), then bring on ESPN's Marly Rivera to discuss the Béisbol Experience project (06:00), why baseball's native Spanish speakers still aren't covered enough (09:30), the drawbacks and benefits of Latino players' paths to the majors (16:00), how teams are trying to make it easier for Latino players to learn English and adjust to American culture and food (20:00), differences among countries in off-the-field challenges and on-the-field playing styles (23:30), leadership questions and cultural cliques in the clubhouse (26:00), why baseball players rarely talk to the media (or each other) about politics (33:30), and more.
Jun 22, 2017
Baseball Biomechanics and the Secrets of Statcast (Ep. 84)
00:59:14
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
The Michael Baumann Battle (Ep. 83)
00:48:43
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about Michael's recent power rankings (01:15) and Carlos Ruiz's pitching appearance (04:00), then bring on ... Michael Baumann, a college pitcher whom the Orioles just selected with the 98th overall pick in the amateur draft (05:00). Later, Ben and Michael (the first one) play a game of "Is This Reliever Currently Good?" (19:30) and end with an Aaron Judge Minute (42:00).
Jun 15, 2017
Setting the Scene for the Amateur Draft (Ep. 82)
00:49:57
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
The Uneven Easts and Noah Syndergaard (Ep. 81)
00:39:42
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
When Albert Arrived (Ep. 80)
00:47:44
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about college baseball (01:00), Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen's two-way opportunity (02:00), Jon Lester's triumphant pickoff throw (03:30), and Albert Pujols's 600th career homer (08:15). They then bring on longtime Cardinals executive John Vuch to talk about Pujols's origin story as a 13th-round draft pick (11:00), his rapid ascent to the majors (25:00), and his St. Louis peak (30:00).
Jun 05, 2017
The Impervious Astros and the Rebuilding Reckoning (Ep. 79)
00:53:05
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter how poor pitcher hitting affects the DH debate (02:30) and Mike Trout's injury (06:00), then talk to The Crawfish Boxes managing editor Ryan Dunsmore about whether the streaking Astros have a weakness (11:15) and what they can do to distance themselves further from the field (14:15). Lastly, Ben and Michael discuss whether the success of the Astros and Cubs has overfly inflated fan expectations for rebuilding teams (38:20) and whether the current, copycat crop of rebuilders can count on such short paths to the playoffs (42:30).
Jun 01, 2017
The Unfailingly Friendly Fly-Ball Debate (Ep. 78)
00:42:13
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to FanGraphs writer/fly-ball believer Travis Sawchik and 'FiveThirtyEight' writer/fly-ball skeptic Rob Arthur about hitters who've broken out after aiming for the air (03:00), other hitters who've declined despite elevating their batted balls (13:00), how teams are trying to teach the uppercut swing (15:00), whether the "fly-ball revolution" explains the big leagues' record home run rate (24:00), and whether pitchers can counter batters' altered approach (33:00).
May 29, 2017
Tom Verducci on the Curveball Comeback (Ep. 77)
00:41:45
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
The Red-Hot Rangers and Dissatisfied Stanton (Ep. 76)
00:49:23
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about a fun fact and then talk to WFAA Rangers reporter Levi Weaver about how the irrepressible Rangers have won without big contributions from their projected best players and whether they can sustain their success (06:00). Then they bring on Sun Sentinel Marlins beat writer Tim Healey to discuss Giancarlo Stanton's vocal frustration with the state of his team (27:30), how his contract affects his future (30:30), and the Marlins' depressing prospects of success (46:00).
May 22, 2017
MLB's Top Trio, a Returning Reliever, and an Unbeaten Streak (Ep. 75)
00:44:52
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann examine the adjustments that Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper have made this season to become even better (03:00). Then they bring on Royals reliever and injury trailblazer Seth Maness to talk about making it back to the big leagues after undergoing "primary repair," an alternative to Tommy John surgery that helped him get back on the mound much faster (16:00). Lastly, they talk to Robert Mosley, who set a record in MLB's Beat the Streak competition but fell just short of the ultimate goal (30:30).
May 19, 2017
The Uncertain NL Central (Ep. 74)
00:59:30
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann shine a spotlight on the topsy-turvy and tightly compressed NL Central, talking to The Athletic Chicago's Sahadev Sharma about the surprisingly mediocre Cubs (03:00) and MLB.com's Adam McCalvy (25:30) and the Cincinnati Enquirer's Zach Buchanan (43:00) about the unexpectedly competitive Brewers and Reds, respectively.
May 15, 2017
Moneyball Meets the Business of Baseball (Ep. 73)
00:58:16
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Red Sox executive vice president and chief financial officer Tim Zue about how teams are using data to optimize ticketing (05:00), marketing (12:00), concessions (36:00), the fan experience (39:00), and more, and the ways in which baseball business analytics are similar to and different from baseball operations analytics (51:30).
May 11, 2017
The 'Pitch' Postmortem (Ep. 72)
00:46:43
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann and Baseball Prospectus writer Meg Rowley banter about Kris Bryant's double-play avoidance (03:00) and whether Giancarlo Stanton still inspires awe (07:00). Then they talk to 'Pitch' showrunner Kevin Falls about why Fox canceled the series (13:00), his attempts to revive the show or provide closure for fans (17:00), what did and didn't work in the first season (20:00), the challenges of making a TV show about sports (25:00), and what he had in mind for Season 2 (43:00).
May 08, 2017
Manny Machado Madness Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again (Ep. 71)
00:47:16
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
Baseball's Latest DL Losses and Newest Nationalities (Ep. 70)
00:53:48
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
Geoff Blum and Mitchell Schwartz (Ep. 69)
00:52:29
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on former big leaguer (and current Astros broadcaster) Geoff Blum to discuss his evolution in the booth (01:00), the Astros’ past, present, and future (03:30), the differences between playing for good and bad teams, and more (18:00). Then, they welcome Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz to talk about his affinity for baseball (26:00), his thoughts on biometric monitoring of athletes (28:30), and the gaps between baseball and football in terms of physical strain (31:30), the strength of unions and security of contracts (42:30), the use of analytics (44:00), and the degree to which player performance is dependent on coaching (47:30).
Apr 28, 2017
Five Teams in Trouble and LaTroy Hawkins on Race and Relieving (Ep. 68)
00:46:02
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann check in on the season’s high home run rate (01:30), talk about whether bullpens have gotten too big (03:30), and debate the fates of five teams that are off to rough starts this season (10:30). Then they bring on longtime big league pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to discuss data about the declining number of African American players (24:00) and the underrepresentation of black pitchers and catchers (31:30), as well as his thoughts on underrated major league cities (40:00), the keys to aging gracefully as an athlete (41:15), and the evolution of reliever usage (44:30).
Apr 28, 2017
Ozzie Smith and Michael Lorenzen (Ep. 67)
00:44:12
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith about baseball’s rising strikeout rate (04:00), the current crop of talented young shortstops (10:00), the impact of shifting and data-driven defensive positioning (12:30), and the ascendance of advanced defensive stats (14:30). Then they bring on Reds reliever/pinch hitter Michael Lorenzen to talk about Cincinnati’s unorthodox free-flowing bullpen and quick-working staff (26:00), his history and preparation as a hitter (34:30), and his attempt to fill roles both in the bullpen and on the bench (38:30).
Apr 28, 2017
Rick Ankiel and Chris Devenski (Ep. 66)
00:40:53
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the ingredients of a good baseball memoir (01:00), then bring on former major leaguer Rick Ankiel to discuss his new book, ‘The Phenomenon’ (05:00), his outfield conversion (09:00), his battle with the yips (11:00), and the improvement in baseball’s treatment of its players’ psyches (14:00). Then, they talk to Astros relief ace Chris ‘The Dragon’ Devenski about his unpredictable, multi-inning role (28:30), why he was underrated as a prospect (32:30), his filthy changeup and evolving slider (33:30), and his distinctive nickname (38:15).
Apr 28, 2017
Ballpark Behavior and Baseball's Battle With Blisters (Ep. 65)
00:42:00
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about the early season’s upside-down standings (02:00), toasted grasshoppers at Safeco Field (06:30), the etiquette of the wave (09:30), and how quickly you should quit on a closer (12:00). Then they bring on two dermatologists, Dr. John E. Olerud and Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield (15:00), to talk about how Dr. Olerud balanced pro baseball and medical school (16:00), possible remedies for Rich Hill’s seemingly unfixable blister (23:00), the dangers of sun exposure in sports (30:00), and how Botox is helping hitters (40:45).
Apr 28, 2017
MLB Week 1 in Weirdness (Ep. 64)
00:47:33
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss 10 of the strangest, most surprising, and most impressive events from the first week of the MLB regular season, including an epic battle between Mike Trout and King Félix (10:30), Jeremy Guthrie's disaster start (15:00), Yadier Molina's sticky-baseball blooper (29:30), and the Padres' unprecedented tanking (41:00).
Apr 28, 2017
First-Week ‘Real or Not Real’ and April’s Statistical Lies (Ep. 63)
00:45:41
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann review a dozen developments from the first week of the season and analyze whether they're signs of things to come (02:00). Then they bring on Baseball Prospectus writer Rob Mains to talk about how April differs from the rest of the regular season (23:00) and how fans (and fellow writers!) can avoid being misled by early-season small-sample results (41:30).
Apr 28, 2017
Hank Azaria on 'Brockmire' and Chipper Jones on 'Ballplayer' (Ep. 62)
00:44:39
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on actor Hank Azaria to discuss spoofing baseball broadcasters (03:00), juxtaposing baseball and black comedy (10:00), explaining the sport's eccentricities (19:30), his reaction to a famous line from 'Heat' (22:45), and his new IFC TV series, 'Brockmire' (26:00). Then they call former MVP and future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones to talk about becoming baseball-obsessed (27:00), switch-hitting (34:20), playoff randomness (39:00), misbehaving away from the field (41:15), and his new book, 'Ballplayer' (43:15).
Apr 28, 2017
Preseason Prop Bets and 'MLB the Show 17' (Ep. 61)
00:48:15
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
Ep. 60: Prospect Conflicts and Baseball Punk
00:48:45
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Eric Longenhagen and Chris Mitchell from FanGraphs about the differences between the site's scouting-based and stats-based top-prospect lists and the highly ranked players who appear on the former but not the latter (02:00). Then they bring on Evan October and Justin Safely from Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club to discuss the band's origin story and songwriting process (27:00), baseball's punk-rock cred (34:00), and the Isotopes' new single, "Legend of George Brett," and forthcoming album, '1994 World Series Champions' (43:30).
Mar 20, 2017
Ep. 59: Spring Training Travels and Misunderstood Stats
00:48:04
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss whether MLB teams should limit the workloads of players on WBC teams (02:00), break down Michael's clubhouse interviewing technique (11:00), and comment on quotes from two players Michael talked to on his trip to Arizona (14:00), Rangers starter Cole Hamels (on aging and wearable sensors) and Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer (on getting hit by pitches). Then they bring on Economist editor Dan Rosenheck to talk about his study on the significance of spring training stats (27:50) and examine why earlier analysts came to incorrect conclusions about traditional baseball beliefs (35:00).
Mar 13, 2017
Ep. 58: Corralling the Rule-Benders and Advance Scouting the WBC
00:45:49
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to baseball columnist and historian Steven Goldman about the new so-called Carter Capps and David Price rules (04:00), the evolution of the pitching motion (04:40), and past examples of rule changes prompted by a specific player, person, or event (07:10). Then they bring on journalist Octavio Hernández to discuss his statistical work for the World Baseball Classic (23:55), how big the WBC is in Venezuela (28:10), and how the top teams stack up (39:05).
Mar 06, 2017
Ep. 57: Baseball's Rule-Fixing Fixation and the Newest Two-Way Player
00:45:57
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to MLB.com columnist Joe Posnanski about his new job as a full-time baseball writer (01:45), his hatred for the intentional walk (04:50), the automatic IBB rule (5:50), and why baseball fans are so attached to rules and resistant to change (12:55). Then they bring on Padres super-utility player Christian Bethancourt to discuss his conversion from catcher to two-way player who catches, pitches, and plays all over the field (27:25).
Feb 28, 2017
Ep. 56: How Big Leaguers Are Living the Fly Life
00:50:50
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Dodgers setup man Grant Dayton about being a 28-year-old rookie, his whirlwind success in 2016, his fascinating whiffs-and-flies fastball, and how a move from the Marlins to the Dodgers helped him embrace his unconventional pitching approach (0:35). Then they bring on hitting instructor Doug Latta to discuss working with big leaguers without being employed by an MLB team, reinventing Justin Turner, and why the uppercut, fly-ball-oriented swing is replacing an outmoded belief in "hitting down on the ball" (23:50). ​
Feb 20, 2017
Ep. 55: A Stat-Savvy Closer With Glen Perkins
00:41:17
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann play "College Baseball Player, Figure From American History, or Nicolas Cage Character?" (02:40) and talk to Twins pitcher Glen Perkins about his return from a torn labrum (09:45), embracing advanced stats (18:00) and preaching sabermetrics to teammates (30:30), reliever valuation and usage (33:30), and setting an entrance-song trend (38:24).
Feb 13, 2017
Ep. 54: Baseball in the White House and a Rebuilt Reliever
01:00:47
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former White House press secretary Josh Earnest about his Royals fandom (03:20), following baseball in the White House (13:55), President Obama's trash talk (15:30), sticking (or not sticking) to sports (20:15), MLB's PR approach (24:00), the Cardinals hacking scandal (28:50), and his plans for the future (32:35). Then they bring on veteran big league reliever Craig Breslow to discuss how he used statistics and technology to emulate other relievers (36:25) and reinvent himself at the age of 36 (53:50).
Feb 06, 2017
Ep. 53: Jerry Dipoto and the Next Steps for Statcast
00:59:00
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann produce one last edition of 'What Did Jerry Dipoto Do?' with Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto (01:08), who dishes on trading tactics (03:43), GM etiquette (08:58), communicating with players (12:22), and jet lag (28:58). Then Ben and Baumann talk to MLB.com writer Mike Petriello about Statcast's progress (34:45), the fragile balance of pitcher-batter power (45:45), and coping with Coors Field (47:43).
Jan 30, 2017
Ep. 52: The New Stats That Help Explain Surprising Pitching
00:57:28
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann remember Yordano Ventura (01:32) and talk to Baseball Prospectus writers Jeff Long and Jonathan Judge about their new attempts to quantify how some pitchers use command (04:53) and 'tunneling' to achieve more success than their raw stuff would suggest (24:46). Lastly, Ben and Michael discuss how stats have changed the way we talk and write about baseball (50:49) and bring back BP's Meg Rowley for an abbreviated edition of "What Did Jerry Dipoto Do?” (56:07).
Jan 23, 2017
Ep. 51: More Mariners Moves and an Elbow Bellwether
00:56:41
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring back Baseball Prospectus writer Meg Rowley for a second round of "What Did Dipoto Do?" after another active week for the Mariners GM (1:46). Then they talk to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Dugas about a pivotal test of a new procedure that could repair pitchers' elbows much more quickly than Tommy John surgery (12:20). Lastly, they discuss the news that college coaches are considering equipping catchers with headsets to improve the pace of play (41:49).
Jan 16, 2017
Ep. 50: A Winter on Waivers, Free-Agent Trout, and Dipoto's Deals
00:50:27
Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Cubs pitcher David Rollins about changing teams five times in 36 days (01:25). Then they bring on FanGraphs writer Nathaniel Grow to discuss a legal loophole that could make Mike Trout a free agent before his contract expires (13:43). Lastly, they talk to Baseball Prospectus writer Meg Rowley about Jerry Dipoto's latest trades (29:31), the Mariners' strange rotation (35:57), and Edgar Martinez's Cooperstown case (43:33).
Jan 09, 2017
Ep. 49: The Statistical Trends of 2016
00:57:41
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on writers/analysts Jeff Sullivan (2:30), Rob Arthur (14:42), Corinne Landrey (26:40), Gerald Schifman (36:08) and Jeff Zimmerman (47:10) to discuss their recent research into several sabermetric subjects that yielded new insights in 2016, including catcher framing, defense and Statcast, the positional spectrum, competitive balance, and injuries.
Jan 02, 2017
Ep. 48: All Aboard the Raines Train
00:53:58
Inspired by ‘Rogue One,’ The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann pick the former players they’d like to see CGI’d back into their primes. Then they bring on Jonah Keri of CBS Sports to discuss his Hall of Fame philosophy and stump for Tim Raines. Lastly, they talk to WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed about the results of a large-scale study in which minor league players wore his company’s fitness tracker when they weren't on the field.
Dec 19, 2016
Ep. 47: Sandy Alomar Jr. on Pennant Wins, World Series Losses, and Tito Bombs
00:47:32
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Cleveland Indians coach and former longtime catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. about his team's 2016 playoff run (4:31), his two tough World Series losses, leadership and diversity in the dugout (7:18), the 1990s Indians' crazy clubhouses (10:47), manager Terry Francona's disgusting gum-chewing (35:23), and more.
Dec 12, 2016
Ep. 46: Winter Meetings Madness and the Offseason's Most Surprising Signee
00:51:47
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
Ep. 45: McCutchen on the Move (Maybe) and a CBA Breakdown
00:49:18
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann appraise Andrew McCutchen's trade value (3:49) and assess the wisdom of a recent flurry of signings and trades by the Braves (12:50). Then they bring on Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports to discuss the competitive ramifications of baseball's new collective bargaining agreement (18:49) and predict how long labor peace will last (40:15).
Dec 02, 2016
Ep. 44: Hall of Fame Forecast and the Astros' Alex Bregman
00:52:04
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann put in a plug for 'Pitch' and talk Hall of Fame with Sports Illustrated writer Jay Jaffe (5:25), discussing the new and returning candidates on this year's ballot (6:13)and Jaffe's forecast for the 2017 Cooperstown class (32:30). Then, they bring on Astros infielder Alex Bregman to talk about his rapid rise to the majors (36:05), the changes he made to his swing before and after overcoming his slow start in the big leagues (39:35), and his outlook for next season (46:32).
Nov 22, 2016
Ep. 43: Trout Talk, Houston's Hot Stove, and Brian ​Dozier Dishes
00:41:50
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann react to Mike Trout's deserved (but still surprising) MVP Award win (4:50) and the Astros' active start to the offseason (11:45). Then, they bring on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier to discuss how the heck he hit 42 homers (16:50).
Nov 18, 2016
Ep. 42: Reluctantly Lighting the Hot Stove
00:49:26
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the tough transition to the offseason, Theo Epstein's next challenge (3:22), and whether the playoffs are too different from the regular season (8:25). Then they bring on MLB Trade Rumors founder Tim Dierkes to talk about the weak free-agent class (12:25), how CBA uncertainty might affect the market (29:41), and the prospect of record contracts for relievers (39:27).
Nov 07, 2016
Ep. 41: The Cubs (The Cubs!) Just Won the World Series
00:49:42
In the aftermath of the Cubs' World Series win, The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to their colleague Robert Mays about Cubs fans' euphoria (3:00). Then, Ben and Michael draft and discuss their favorite moments from an unforgettable Game 7 (15:00).
Nov 03, 2016
Ep. 40: Kevin Burkhardt Brings Home the Hardware
00:42:20
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann recap Michael's trip to Wrigley Field and the Indians' approach against the Cubs' Jon Lester and Javier Báez. Then, they bring on Fox broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt (13:05) to talk about anchoring a panel filled with former superstars, Alex Rodriguez's TV preparation and rapport with Pete Rose, Frank Thomas's imposing size on set, and how to make a postgame show go viral.
Nov 01, 2016
Ep. 39: The World Series so far and the Cubs' Mental Skills
00:39:20
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann recap the first two games of the 1–1 World Series. Then, they bring on the director of the Cubs' mental skills program, Joshua Lifrak, and the team's mental skills coordinator, Darnell McDonald, to discuss how the organization is teaching its players meditation techniques to cope with the stresses of major (and minor) league life.
Oct 27, 2016
Ep. 38: Two Title Droughts Enter, One Title Drought Leaves
00:49:28
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
Ep. 37: The Playoff Futures Draft
00:44:41
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about the Dodgers' subtle scoreboard trolling and rank this year's playoff teams, and 10 more that missed the cut, in order of how likely they are to make the postseason in 2017. Then, they talk to a real-life Indians fan, Ringer staff writer Rob Harvilla, about his expectations and emotions on the eve of Cleveland's first World Series appearance in almost 20 years.
Oct 21, 2016
Ep. 36: Playoff Tactics Talk
00:42:29
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
Ep. 35: Dissecting the Championship Series and Boog on Broadcasting
00:52:49
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann recount Clayton Kershaw's heroic, short-rest relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS (1:00), then bring on ESPN play-by-play man Boog Sciambi to discuss how he's preparing for the ALCS and why no one likes national broadcasters (6:30). Lastly, Ben and Michael analyze the ALCS and NLCS matchups and pronounce their pick for each series (37:00).
Oct 14, 2016
Ep. 34: October Grab Bag
00:56:01
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the status of the Cubs-Giants NLDS and the secret to Chicago's incomparable run prevention (7:40), then talk about their takeaways from the sweeps of the Rangers and Red Sox (17:47) and explain the difficulty of copying the Indians' Andrew Miller model (21:40). Lastly, they debate whether the instant replay process needs to be amended for slide plays (33:33) and puzzle over the lackluster postseason performance of David Price and Clayton Kershaw (48:36).
Oct 11, 2016
Ep. 33: The Postseason's Secret Weapon
00:50:09
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann make a few grudging playoff predictions (3:04), then bring on Royals major league advance scout Alec Zumwalt (9:18) to discuss how teams prepare to take on their October opponents (11:30), the scouting insights that helped the Royals win back-to-back pennants (15:38), the differences between scouting in person and scouting via video and stats (25:25), and the scouting perspective on the decision not to send Alex Gordon in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series (45:17).
Oct 07, 2016
Ep. 32: How to Manage a Must-Win Game, and the Diamondbacks' Demise
00:48:23
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Athletics third-base coach and former Rangers skipper Ron Washington (3:30) about postseason tactics and managing the first-ever AL wild-card game. Then, they bring on Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (27:25) to discuss Arizona's dysfunctional front office and the firings of GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.
Oct 04, 2016
Ep. 31: Michael Schur and a Sidearm Success Story
01:15:58
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the Indians' Monday makeup dilemma (2:07) and Theo Epstein's contract extension (5:57). Then, they talk to 'The Good Place' creator Michael Schur about the Red Sox (14:07), the state of baseball discourse (23:50), and the intersections of sports and TV (36:26). Lastly, they ask A's pitcher Andrew Triggs about his unique delivery (59:18) and surprising performance this season (1:00:42).
Sep 30, 2016
Ep. 30: Baseball's Biggest Executive Tree and Modernizing Minnesota
01:02:45
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Braves president of baseball operations (and former Indians and Rangers GM) John Hart about his history of hiring executives who've gone on to run other teams (6:00). Then, they bring on Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Aaron Gleeman (36:30) to discuss the newest branch on Hart's tree, Derek Falvey, who'll reportedly take over the behind-the-times Twins.
Sep 27, 2016
Ep. 29: A Big Leaguer's Look at Unwritten Rules, and Scully's Successor
01:05:21
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former MLB pitcher Dan Haren about the latest blowup between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig (2:43) as well as the nature of unwritten rules (17:51). Then, in honor of Vin Scully Appreciation Day, they bring on Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis to ask him about being the heir to Scully's mic (43:44).
Sep 23, 2016
Ep. 28: Producing 'Pitch,' and the TV Verdict From Two Real-Life Pro Players
00:59:32
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about whether the Indians are doomed in October after their recent rash of injuries, and then talk to Kevin Falls, the executive producer and showrunner of 'Pitch,' about the making of the new Fox series and the secret history of 'Summer Catch.' Lastly, they bring on professional baseball players Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore to discuss their thoughts on 'Pitch' and their experience competing against men this summer.
Sep 20, 2016
Ep. 27: A GM Suspension and a GM Search
00:52:35
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to San Diego Union-Tribune Padres beat writer Dennis Lin about the suspension of boundary-pushing Padres general manager A.J. Preller. Then, they bring on Korn Ferry consultant Jed Hughes to discuss how his company helps MLB teams (including the Blue Jays, Brewers, and Twins) select and hire GMs.
Sep 16, 2016
Ep. 26: The AL East's Historic Stretch Run, and the AL's Interleague Dominance
00:51:01
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
Ep. 25: The State of Statcast, and How to Be Baseball's Best Organist
00:58:18
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to MLB Advanced Media director of R&D Daren Willman and senior data architect Tom Tango about the latest developments with baseball's Statcast tracking system. Then, they bring on Braves organist Matthew Kaminski to talk about his crowdsourced taunting of opposing players.
Sep 09, 2016
Ep. 24: September's Prospect Promotions, and Baseball's Behind-the-Scenes Rules
01:07:47
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Baseball America national writer Ben Badler about Yoan Moncada, Byron Buxton, José De Leon, and other high-profile prospects called up this month. Then, they bring on Angels director of player personnel Justin Hollander to discuss the unsung grunt work that prevents front offices from making major administrative mistakes.
Sep 06, 2016
Ep. 23: The Man With the Best Job in Baseball, and the Manager Who's Killing the Closer
00:46:06
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Padres bullpen catcher Justin Hatcher about why being an MLB bullpen catcher is secretly the best job in baseball. Then, Ben talks to Indians manager Terry Francona about Cleveland's innovative usage of relief ace Andrew Miller, who's broken the modern mold for late-inning relievers since his mid-season move.
Sep 01, 2016
Ep. 22: Growing Gary Sánchez and Pitching to Tim Tebow
00:57:09
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former major league catcher and current Yankees catching coordinator Josh Paul about how Gary Sánchez got to the big leagues and became the hottest hitter on earth. Then, they bring on MLB veteran David Aardsma to discuss his scouting report on Tim Tebow, who's about to try out for MLB teams.
Aug 30, 2016
Ep. 21: Scouting Cuba's Biggest Star, and How the Dodgers Are Winning While Wounded
00:58:02
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Astros director of pro scouting Kevin Goldstein about the scouting, signing, and big league debut of Yulieski Gurriel. Then, Ben brings on former Dodgers VP of medical services and head athletic trainer Stan Conte to discuss how the Dodgers have succeeded despite leading MLB in disabled-list stints in consecutive seasons.
Aug 25, 2016
Ep. 20: MLB Panic Meter With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:34:46
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann offer up five potential playoff contenders and determine whether it's time for these teams to hit the panic button as we enter the stretch run of the MLB season.
Aug 23, 2016
Ep. 19: How to Give Major League Makeovers With John Baker and Brian Bannister
00:55:51
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Cubs baseball operations assistant John Baker and Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development Brian Bannister about how the two former big leaguers are melding their major league experience and their interest in analytics to optimize player performance and bridge the gap between the front office and the field.
Aug 18, 2016
Ep. 18: How José Altuve and Mookie Betts Were Made
00:56:17
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann get firsthand accounts of the discovery and development of surprise superstars José Altuve and Mookie Betts from former Astros assistant GM (and current Pirates scout) Ricky Bennett and Red Sox VP of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye.
Aug 16, 2016
Ep. 17: A-Rod's Retirement and Prince Fielder's Career-Ending Injury
00:43:26
The Ringer's Michael Baumann brings on SB Nation writer Grant Brisbee to discuss the nature of baseball fandom and Prince Fielder's career-ending injury. Then, CBS Sports writer Dayn Perry joins to break down what Alex Rodriguez's farewell symbolizes.
Aug 12, 2016
Ep. 16: Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Brewers GM David Stearns
00:53:41
Ben Lindbergh talks to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Brewers general manager David Stearns about the moves they each made at the trade deadline, their top-ranked prospect stockpiles, and their strategies for revamping their rosters.
Aug 09, 2016
Ep. 15: Brian Kenny and Cole Figueroa
01:33:47
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh welcomes MLB Network studio host Brian Kenny to discuss his divisive on-air persona and his new book, 'Ahead of the Curve.' Then, Marlins infielder Cole Figueroa joins (1:02:00) to break down what it's like to be a casualty of the MLB trade deadline and describe life as a big league journeyman.
Aug 04, 2016
Ep. 14: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers With Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann
00:55:52
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
Ep. 13: Trade Rumor Mill With Jeff Passan and Ichiro's 3,000th Hit With Ben Gibbard
01:00:53
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh brings on Yahoo Sports baseball columnist and author Jeff Passan to discuss the science behind the trade rumor mill in baseball. Then Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard joins (36:10) to debut a new theme song for the show and give his thoughts on Ichiro's quest for 3,000 hits.
Jul 28, 2016
Ep. 12: Trade Deadline Talk With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:46:31
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann bring on resident Cubs fan Robert Mays and Yankees fan Ben Glicksman to give their thoughts on the Aroldis Chapman trade. Then, they discuss the impending trade deadline and give their best player–team pairing, their favorite trade rumor that's most likely not to happen, and potential dark-horse deals.
Jul 26, 2016
Ep. 11: The Pirates' Revolution and Breaking Down 2016 Baseball Movies
00:54:07
The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Travis Sawchik to discuss all of the ways the Pittsburgh Pirates are embracing sports science. Then Ben and Michael discuss whether baseball movies are having a moment by breaking down the 2016 lineup of 'Everybody Wants Some!!,' 'The Phenom,' and 'Undrafted.'
Jul 21, 2016
Ep. 10: Baseball Hall of Fame With SI's Jay Jaffe, and the Cleveland Curse With Rob Harvilla
00:35:27
The Ringer's Michael Baumann brings on Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe to discuss Cooperstown pitfalls, controversies, and mistakes. Then, The Ringer's Rob Harvilla joins (25:00) to give insight into the Cleveland spirit. Fresh off a Cavs championship and with the Indians on the rise, what would it mean for the city to win a World Series?
Jul 19, 2016
Ep. 9: Mourning the Mets With Sean Fennessey, Sam Schube, and Anthony DiComo
00:42:00
The Ringer's resident New York Mets faithful let their feelings flow as they take on Matt Harvey's grim future, David Wright's feeble back, and what's next for a once-promising rotation battling the injury bug. Then, MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo joins (23:00) to offer insight into the Mets’ best hope heading into the stretch run.
Jul 13, 2016
Ep. 8: 'Midseason Mailbag' With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:59:37
The Ringer’s Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann answer questions from listeners, including: What are the top five MLB teams to watch (2:00)? Which free agents have helped or hurt their stock in the first half (21:00)? And which starting outfield has the most talent in MLB (37:00)?
Jul 08, 2016
Ep. 7: Ringer All-Star Pitching Rotation With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:59:19
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann craft their All-Star pitching staffs by selecting five starters, two relievers, a pitching coach, and their top manager. Then, Yahoo's Andy Behrens joins to give a daily fantasy breakdown and discuss The Ringer's $5,000 baseball contest.
Jun 29, 2016
Ep. 6: Ringer All-Star Extravaganza With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:56:36
With All-Star voting ending on June 30, the Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann bring you the players they cherish. They list their top contenders and explain why each player made the cut.
Jun 22, 2016
Ep. 5: Midseason Fantasy Special With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann
00:56:55
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann on the best and worst of their fantasy draft picks and whom they would buy, sell, or trade.
Jun 15, 2016
Ep. 4: What's up With the AL Central With Michael Baumann, Nick Schaefer, and Aaron Gleeman
00:35:45
The Ringer's Michael Baumann checks in with Baseball Prospectus writer Nick Schaefer to discuss all things White Sox. Then, Aaron Gleeman joins to give an update on the Minnesota Twins' hopes in the AL Central.
Jun 10, 2016
Ep. 3: The Rise of the Chicago Cubs With Mallory Rubin and Rany Jazayerli
00:38:15
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and acclaimed baseball writer Rany Jazayerli on the Chicago Cubs’ historic season and their chase to emerge as the best team in MLB history.
Jun 08, 2016
Ep. 2: The Philadelphia Phillies' Process With Yahoo's Liz Roscher
00:26:17
The Ringer's Michael Baumann and 'Big League Stew' blogger Liz Roscher on the Phillies' bad-but-fun 2016 season and promise for the future.
Jun 01, 2016
Ep. 1: Yankees and AL East w/ Bill Simmons, JackO, and Mallory Rubin
00:43:29
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons hosts the inaugural 'Ringer MLB Show' with JackO and Mallory Rubin on the Yankees, AL East, and where Bryce Harper should sign with next.
May 24, 2016