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The Return of Ohtani and the Rise of the Twins | The Ringer MLB Show

1:04:59 | May 7th

We bounce around the leading headlines from the past week, including the return of Shohei Ohtani and the Boston Red Sox's divided clubhouse (1:30). Then, Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Aaron Gleeman joins the show to break down how the Twins hav...Show More
Vlad Guerrero Jr. Is Here, and We Are More Than Ready | The Ringer MLB Show

1:01:26 | Apr 30th

We hand out some early-season MLB superlatives (2:45), before discussing the Blue Jays’ recent call-up of Vlad Guerrero Jr.—baseball’s top prospect (26:08). Then Ben Lindbergh closes the show out by joining to theorize what might happen to baseball i...Show More
The Yankees' IL Might Be the Best Team in the League | The Ringer MLB Show

49:54 | Apr 23rd

Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are off to almost unfathomably hot starts. Are their performances sustainable, lucky, or a little bit of both (1:49)? Then, with the Tim Anderson suspension, MLB proves that it never runs out of creative ways to st...Show More
Rays vs. Astros: Who’s the Best Team in Baseball Right Now? | The Ringer MLB Show

1:01:14 | Apr 16th

We mull over Zach Kram’s preseason prediction that the Tampa Bay Rays would win the AL East and wonder: Should that prediction be expanded (2:20)? Then, The Athletic's Astros beat writer, Jake Kaplan, calls into the show to talk about the slow start ...Show More
The Red Sox Have a Chris Sale Problem | The Ringer MLB Show

1:01:48 | Apr 9th

The Red Sox haven’t gotten off to the start they hoped after steamrolling their way to a World Series victory last October (4:15), while the Mariners have—against all odds—seemingly stolen their thunder (23:30). Plus, which preseason predictions look...Show More
Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Extension, Plus Bryce Harper’s Welcome Tour | The Ringer MLB Show

52:08 | Apr 2nd

The Braves signed Ronald Acuña Jr. to one of the most team-friendly long-term deals in recent memory (1:30), and we wonder whether the Cleveland Indians’ bad first weekend and shallow lineup mean that 2019 isn’t going to be the cakewalk we all though...Show More
Jacob deGrom’s Extension and 2019 Fake Prop Bets | The Ringer MLB Show

1:06:29 | Mar 26th

We weigh the Jacob deGrom contract against the extensions of Chris Sale, Justin Verlander, and Kyle Hendricks (2:00). Then, we run through our annual fake prop bets to preview the upcoming 2019 season (19:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindberg...Show More
Mike Trout’s $430 Million Contract, Plus Over/Under Bets for All 30 Teams | The Ringer MLB Show

1:11:53 | Mar 19th

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 gi...Show More
Texas–St. Louis World Series Game 6, 2011: A Special Sports Rewatchables | The Ringer MLB Show

1:29:35 | Mar 14th

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 al...Show More
How Has Pitcher Usage Fundamentally Changed the Game We Love? | The Ringer MLB Show

1:03:25 | Mar 12th

We run through some of the news of the past week—including a two-pound chicken tender being offered at the Texas Rangers’ stadium, Vlad Guerrero Jr. getting injured, and Adam Jones finally landing with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2:00). Then, in the fi...Show More
The Bryce Harper Welcome Tour and Marc Normandin on Labor Relations in MLB | The Ringer MLB Show

1:04:51 | Mar 5th

With a few more days to process the news and observe how Bryce Harper is being received in Philadelphia, we go deep on the structure of his contract, the immediate returns on ticket and merchandise sales, and the now-stacked NL East (2:20). Then, Mar...Show More
Bryce Harper to the Phillies Emergency Podcast | The Ringer MLB Show

25:52 | Mar 1st

After months of speculation, Bryce Harper has finally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, to the tune of 13 years and $330 million—the most total money for a contract in MLB history. We give our immediate reactions to the length of the contract, t...Show More
Nolan Arenado's Rockies Extension and Rob Arthur on Data in Baseball | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 170)

1:11:01 | Feb 26th

We take a look at Nolan Arenado’s eight-year, $260 million deal with the Colorado Rockies and the recent run of extensions this offseason — including Aaron Hicks and Miles Mikolas (3:42). Then freelance journalist and data consultant Rob Arthur joins...Show More
Manny Machado Is a San Diego Padre. All It Took Was $300 Million. | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 169)

52:47 | Feb 20th

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
The Mariners Go Back-to-Back With Blockbusters to the Mets, Phillies | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 168)

27:24 | Dec 4th, 2018

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 a...Show More
Early Offseason Roundup and MLB’s Messy Political Ties | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 167)

1:01:52 | Nov 28th, 2018

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...Show More
The Great James Paxton Debate | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 166)

53:03 | Nov 20th, 2018

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.
Parsing the Allegations Against the Mariners | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 165)

56:44 | Nov 13th, 2018

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 Lindbe...Show More
Where Do We Want the Top Free Agents to Go? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 164)

1:02:40 | Nov 6th, 2018

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).
The Red Sox Have Won Their Fourth World Series of the Century | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 163)

58:41 | Oct 29th, 2018

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 mea...Show More
The Red Sox Have Taken Control of the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 162)

52:14 | Oct 26th, 2018

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, inc...Show More
The 2018 World Series Preview | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 161)

56:04 | Oct 22nd, 2018

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...Show More
The Red Sox Have Flipped the Script. Will the Dodgers Meet Them in the Fall Classic? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 160)

1:01:49 | Oct 19th, 2018

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

55:03 | Oct 15th, 2018

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 S...Show More
Is the World Series Headed For a Rematch? Previewing the Championship Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 158)

49:26 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 M...Show More
Red Sox–Yankees ALDS Recap With Bill Simmons and JackO | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 157)

33:47 | Oct 10th, 2018

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.
The Red Sox vs. Yankees Power Shift, Plus Can the Dodgers Be the Brewers’ Kryptonite? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 156)

50:04 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 S...Show More
AL and NL Division Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 155)

54:20 | Oct 4th, 2018

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 sh...Show More
Wild-Card Previews and Tiebreaker Madness | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 154)

55:27 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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 Rockie...Show More
The All-Ringer Team | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 153)

1:04:19 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Listener Questions, Interleague Play, and Finding Joy in September Baseball | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 152)

1:03:16 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 qu...Show More
The Brewers’ Hot Pursuit of the Cubs in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 151)

51:42 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 Lindberg...Show More
Bold Predictions For September | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 150)

46:24 | Sep 4th, 2018

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 on...Show More
Ranking the Playoff Races and Getting Wonky With WAR | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 149)

1:03:28 | Aug 28th, 2018

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 ad...Show More
The Cards, the Kids, the Chaos | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 148)

59:05 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 M...Show More
Go West and Players Weekend | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 147)

53:37 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 t...Show More
Playoff Odds, Fantasy Updates, and Lance Lynn | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 146)

48:49 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 More
The Trade-Deadline Roundtable | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 145)

56:31 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 Arc...Show More
Hand, Foot, and Mets Disease | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 144)

1:03:50 | Jul 24th, 2018

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-ch...Show More
More Machado Trade Rumors, a Night of Dingers, and the End of the Mike Matheny Era | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 143)

58:23 | Jul 17th, 2018

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 te...Show More
All-Star Rosters and the Abyss in Baltimore and Kansas City | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 142)

44:44 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Unrest in Washington, Our Beloved Willians Astudillo, and Jon Gray's Puzzling Demotion | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 141)

43:06 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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'...Show More
Landscape of a Trade Deadline, Matt Kemp's Return to Los Angeles, and the Lowly AL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 140)

51:37 | Jun 26th, 2018

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 Clev...Show More
David and Goliath in the AL West and Washington's Boring All-Star Game Uniforms | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 139)

48:59 | Jun 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Ohtani's Elbow, the Resurgent Giants, and a Surprisingly Civil DH Argument | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 139)

49:44 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 remai...Show More
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)

49:55 | Jun 5th, 2018

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 finall...Show More
What Jerry Dipoto Did, Gleyber Torres and the Youth, And Stop Disrespecting Mike Trout | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 137)

59:59 | May 30th, 2018

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 Torre...Show More
Bullpenning in Tampa Bay, a Youth Movement in Washington, and Big Heat in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 136)

51:15 | May 22nd, 2018

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 sens...Show More
Cano's Suspension, Legalized Gambling, and the Electric Fernando Romero | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 135)

45:54 | May 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Baby Braves, Red Sox Go to New York, and Cratering Kershaw | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 134)

55:26 | May 8th, 2018

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...Show More
Corey Seager's Busted Elbow, Gerrit Cole's Mighty Arm, and Didi vs. Jeter | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 133)

53:00 | May 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More
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)

51:06 | Apr 24th, 2018

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...Show More
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)

52:13 | Apr 18th, 2018

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

1:06:28 | Apr 10th, 2018

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...Show More
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)

52:32 | Apr 3rd, 2018

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 Ev...Show More
Going Over (and Under) the 2018 Season | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 128)

55:07 | Mar 27th, 2018

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 ...Show More
Roasting the 2018 Yankees With Bill Simmons and Jack-O | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 127)

34:47 | Mar 22nd, 2018

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

52:13 | Mar 20th, 2018

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). T...Show More
The Early-Offseason Activity Roundup (Ep. 125)

1:00:45 | Nov 6th, 2017

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 (...Show More
The Astros’ Wait Is Over (Ep. 124)

56:49 | Nov 2nd, 2017

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 Astro...Show More
The World Series One-ups Itself and Shea Serrano (Ep. 123)

59:33 | Oct 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Astros and Dodgers Flip Out (Ep. 122)

54:58 | Oct 26th, 2017

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 f...Show More
Championship Series Wrap and World Series Preview (Ep .121)

1:00:58 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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)...Show More
The Yankees' Comeback, the Dodgers' Dominance, and Problems With Playoff Managing (Ep. 120)

1:01:05 | Oct 19th, 2017

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 atmosp...Show More
Astros Aces, Dodgers Bats, and Two 2-0 Series (Ep. 119)

58:15 | Oct 16th, 2017

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 Ju...Show More
Strasburg's Statement, the Yankees' Comeback, and Farrell's Firing (Ep. 118)

58:24 | Oct 12th, 2017

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 Yankee...Show More
Weekend Takeaways and the States of the Series (Ep. 117)

52:48 | Oct 9th, 2017

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 trustw...Show More
Ten Reasons to Get Excited for the Playoffs (Ep. 116)

1:04:36 | Oct 6th, 2017

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 tea...Show More
Wild-Card Recap and Division Series Setup (Ep. 115)

54:55 | Oct 5th, 2017

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...Show More
The Playoff Preview Episode (Ep. 114)

53:16 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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 str...Show More
Difficult Awards Decisions and the Derek Jeter Regime (Ep. 113)

53:06 | Sep 28th, 2017

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...Show More
Kneeling, Netting, and Otani (Ep. 112)

1:03:11 | Sep 25th, 2017

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 J...Show More
How to Savor September, and MLB's Home Run Future (Ep. 111)

56:23 | Sep 21st, 2017

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...Show More
Talking to a Hit-by-Pitch King (Ep. 110)

42:50 | Sep 18th, 2017

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 las...Show More
The Unbeatable Team, Shohei Otani, and Baseball Meets 'Star Trek' (Ep. 109)

53:27 | Sep 14th, 2017

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 (10:3...Show More
A Tale of Two Streaks (Ep. 108)

1:01:19 | Sep 11th, 2017

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...Show More
Streaking, Slumping, and Sign-Stealing (Ep. 107)

52:49 | Sep 7th, 2017

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 discu...Show More
The Mailbag Bats Around (Ep. 106)

53:58 | Sep 4th, 2017

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 eve...Show More
15 Prop Bets for the Stretch Run (Ep. 105)

53:25 | Aug 31st, 2017

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 Clev...Show More
Stanton, Hoskins, and 'Game of Thrones' (Ep. 104)

56:33 | Aug 28th, 2017

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...Show More
Rich Hill, the Home Run Record, and the Evolution of Position Playing (Ep. 103)

48:52 | Aug 24th, 2017

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:...Show More
Outclassed Agents and the Future of Labor Relations (Ep. 102)

53:16 | Aug 21st, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Marlins Sale, Slugging Stanton, and the Hot Hand (Ep. 101)

51:57 | Aug 17th, 2017

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 Marlin...Show More
Developing the Stacked White Sox System, and Girls Resisting Softball (Ep. 100)

1:02:34 | Aug 14th, 2017

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...Show More
Cold Judge, Hot Trout, and Player Nicknames (Ep. 99)

57:39 | Aug 10th, 2017

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 Aaro...Show More
The Unstoppable Dodgers, A-Rod's Redemption, and More (Ep. 98)

59:47 | Aug 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More
'Stros of Today and Stars of Tomorrow (Ep. 97)

35:45 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 be...Show More
The Trade Deadline Dissected (Ep. 96)

52:25 | Aug 1st, 2017

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-formi...Show More
Hall of Fame Weekend and 'The Cooperstown Casebook' (Ep. 95)

52:25 | Jul 27th, 2017

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 coul...Show More
Parity, Payroll, and Deadline Decisions (Ep. 94)

51:59 | Jul 24th, 2017

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 th...Show More
Trade Season Starts Early (Ep. 93)

55:25 | Jul 20th, 2017

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 n...Show More
The Truth About (the Original) Ty Cobb (Ep. 92)

1:00:44 | Jul 17th, 2017

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, ...Show More
The Quintana Trade and the Most Fascinating Rest-of-Season Storylines (Ep. 91)

1:00:23 | Jul 13th, 2017

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 c...Show More
Explaining the Unlikeliest All-Stars (Ep. 90)

1:04:55 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Tyler Flowers, Framing, and the Robot Umps Debate (Ep. 89)

58:43 | Jul 6th, 2017

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 measu...Show More
Let the Trade Talk Begin (Ep. 88)

53:24 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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),...Show More
The First-Half Draft (Ep. 87)

53:13 | Jun 29th, 2017

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 (...Show More
The Dodgers, the Freeze, and Julio Urías (Ep. 86)

44:09 | Jun 26th, 2017

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 becom...Show More
Marly Rivera on the Lives of Latino Players (Ep. 85)

51:09 | Jun 22nd, 2017

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 spe...Show More
Baseball Biomechanics and the Secrets of Statcast (Ep. 84)

59:14 | Jun 19th, 2017

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 ...Show More
The Michael Baumann Battle (Ep. 83)

48:43 | Jun 15th, 2017

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...Show More
Setting the Scene for the Amateur Draft (Ep. 82)

49:57 | Jun 12th, 2017

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 o...Show More
The Uneven Easts and Noah Syndergaard (Ep. 81)

39:42 | Jun 8th, 2017

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 hea...Show More
When Albert Arrived (Ep. 80)

47:44 | Jun 5th, 2017

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 th...Show More
The Impervious Astros and the Rebuilding Reckoning (Ep. 79)

53:05 | Jun 1st, 2017

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 weak...Show More
The Unfailingly Friendly Fly-Ball Debate (Ep. 78)

42:13 | May 29th, 2017

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 d...Show More
Tom Verducci on the Curveball Comeback (Ep. 77)

41:45 | May 25th, 2017

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 Verducc...Show More
The Red-Hot Rangers and Dissatisfied Stanton (Ep. 76)

49:23 | May 22nd, 2017

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 su...Show More
MLB's Top Trio, a Returning Reliever, and an Unbeaten Streak (Ep. 75)

44:52 | May 19th, 2017

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 ta...Show More
The Uncertain NL Central (Ep. 74)

59:30 | May 15th, 2017

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) an...Show More
Moneyball Meets the Business of Baseball (Ep. 73)

58:16 | May 11th, 2017

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 (39:0...Show More
The 'Pitch' Postmortem (Ep. 72)

46:43 | May 8th, 2017

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 Fal...Show More
Manny Machado Madness Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again (Ep. 71)

47:16 | May 4th, 2017

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) amo...Show More
Baseball's Latest DL Losses and Newest Nationalities (Ep. 70)

53:48 | May 1st, 2017

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 Pittsb...Show More
Geoff Blum and Mitchell Schwartz (Ep. 69)

52:29 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 g...Show More
Five Teams in Trouble and LaTroy Hawkins on Race and Relieving (Ep. 68)

46:02 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 the...Show More
Ozzie Smith and Michael Lorenzen (Ep. 67)

44:12 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 position...Show More
Rick Ankiel and Chris Devenski (Ep. 66)

40:53 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 wi...Show More
Ballpark Behavior and Baseball's Battle With Blisters (Ep. 65)

42:00 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 t...Show More
MLB Week 1 in Weirdness (Ep. 64)

47:33 | Apr 28th, 2017

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'...Show More
First-Week ‘Real or Not Real’ and April’s Statistical Lies (Ep. 63)

45:41 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Hank Azaria on 'Brockmire' and Chipper Jones on 'Ballplayer' (Ep. 62)

44:39 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 f...Show More
Preseason Prop Bets and 'MLB the Show 17' (Ep. 61)

48:15 | Mar 27th, 2017

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 tal...Show More
Ep. 60: Prospect Conflicts and Baseball Punk

48:45 | Mar 20th, 2017

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 forme...Show More
Ep. 59: Spring Training Travels and Misunderstood Stats

48:04 | Mar 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More
Ep. 58: Corralling the Rule-Benders and Advance Scouting the WBC

45:49 | Mar 6th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 57: Baseball's Rule-Fixing Fixation and the Newest Two-Way Player

45:57 | Feb 28th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 56: How Big Leaguers Are Living the Fly Life

50:50 | Feb 20th, 2017

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 hi...Show More
Ep. 55: A Stat-Savvy Closer With Glen Perkins

41:17 | Feb 13th, 2017

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 sta...Show More
Ep. 54: Baseball in the White House and a Rebuilt Reliever

1:00:47 | Feb 6th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 53: Jerry Dipoto and the Next Steps for Statcast

59:00 | Jan 30th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 52: The New Stats That Help Explain Surprising Pitching

57:28 | Jan 23rd, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 51: More Mariners Moves and an Elbow Bellwether

56:41 | Jan 16th, 2017

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 a...Show More
Ep. 50: A Winter on Waivers, Free-Agent Trout, and Dipoto's Deals

50:27 | Jan 9th, 2017

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...Show More
Ep. 49: The Statistical Trends of 2016

57:41 | Jan 2nd, 2017

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 s...Show More
Ep. 48: All Aboard the Raines Train

53:58 | Dec 19th, 2016

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 Rain...Show More
Ep. 47: Sandy Alomar Jr. on Pennant Wins, World Series Losses, and Tito Bombs

47:32 | Dec 12th, 2016

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), th...Show More
Ep. 46: Winter Meetings Madness and the Offseason's Most Surprising Signee

51:47 | Dec 8th, 2016

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 Melan...Show More
Ep. 45: McCutchen on the Move (Maybe) and a CBA Breakdown

49:18 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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 competi...Show More
Ep. 44: Hall of Fame Forecast and the Astros' Alex Bregman

52:04 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 43: Trout Talk, Houston's Hot Stove, and Brian ​Dozier Dishes

41:50 | Nov 18th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 42: Reluctantly Lighting the Hot Stove

49:26 | Nov 7th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 41: The Cubs (The Cubs!) Just Won the World Series

49:42 | Nov 3rd, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 40: Kevin Burkhardt Brings Home the Hardware

42:20 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 f...Show More
Ep. 39: The World Series so far and the Cubs' Mental Skills

39:20 | Oct 27th, 2016

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 discu...Show More
Ep. 38: Two Title Droughts Enter, One Title Drought Leaves

49:28 | Oct 24th, 2016

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.
Ep. 37: The Playoff Futures Draft

44:41 | Oct 21st, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 36: Playoff Tactics Talk

42:29 | Oct 18th, 2016

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 a...Show More
Ep. 35: Dissecting the Championship Series and Boog on Broadcasting

52:49 | Oct 14th, 2016

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 lik...Show More
Ep. 34: October Grab Bag

56:01 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 t...Show More
Ep. 33: The Postseason's Secret Weapon

50:09 | Oct 7th, 2016

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 i...Show More
Ep. 32: How to Manage a Must-Win Game, and the Diamondbacks' Demise

48:23 | Oct 4th, 2016

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 Ni...Show More
Ep. 31: Michael Schur and a Sidearm Success Story

1:15:58 | Sep 30th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 30: Baseball's Biggest Executive Tree and Modernizing Minnesota

1:02:45 | Sep 27th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 29: A Big Leaguer's Look at Unwritten Rules, and Scully's Successor

1:05:21 | Sep 23rd, 2016

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 D...Show More
Ep. 28: Producing 'Pitch,' and the TV Verdict From Two Real-Life Pro Players

59:32 | Sep 20th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 27: A GM Suspension and a GM Search

52:35 | Sep 16th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 26: The AL East's Historic Stretch Run, and the AL's Interleague Dominance

51:01 | Sep 13th, 2016

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 pl...Show More
Ep. 25: The State of Statcast, and How to Be Baseball's Best Organist

58:18 | Sep 9th, 2016

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 Ma...Show More
Ep. 24: September's Prospect Promotions, and Baseball's Behind-the-Scenes Rules

1:07:47 | Sep 6th, 2016

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 pe...Show More
Ep. 23: The Man With the Best Job in Baseball, and the Manager Who's Killing the Closer

46:06 | Sep 1st, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 22: Growing Gary Sánchez and Pitching to Tim Tebow

57:09 | Aug 30th, 2016

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 vetera...Show More
Ep. 21: Scouting Cuba's Biggest Star, and How the Dodgers Are Winning While Wounded

58:02 | Aug 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 20: MLB Panic Meter With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

34:46 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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.
Ep. 19: How to Give Major League Makeovers With John Baker and Brian Bannister

55:51 | Aug 18th, 2016

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 inte...Show More
Ep. 18: How José Altuve and Mookie Betts Were Made

56:17 | Aug 16th, 2016

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 ama...Show More
Ep. 17: A-Rod's Retirement and Prince Fielder's Career-Ending Injury

43:26 | Aug 12th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 16: Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Brewers GM David Stearns

53:41 | Aug 9th, 2016

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.
Ep. 15: Brian Kenny and Cole Figueroa

1:33:47 | Aug 4th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 14: Trade Deadline Winners and Losers With Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann

55:52 | Aug 2nd, 2016

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.
Ep. 13: Trade Rumor Mill With Jeff Passan and Ichiro's 3,000th Hit With Ben Gibbard

1:00:53 | Jul 28th, 2016

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 More
Ep. 12: Trade Deadline Talk With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

46:31 | Jul 26th, 2016

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 p...Show More
Ep. 11: The Pirates' Revolution and Breaking Down 2016 Baseball Movies

54:07 | Jul 21st, 2016

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 ...Show More
Ep. 10: Baseball Hall of Fame With SI's Jay Jaffe, and the Cleveland Curse With Rob Harvilla

35:27 | Jul 19th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 9: Mourning the Mets With Sean Fennessey, Sam Schube, and Anthony DiComo

42:00 | Jul 13th, 2016

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 j...Show More
Ep. 8: 'Midseason Mailbag' With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

59:37 | Jul 8th, 2016

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 t...Show More
Ep. 7: Ringer All-Star Pitching Rotation With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

59:19 | Jun 29th, 2016

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...Show More
Ep. 6: Ringer All-Star Extravaganza With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

56:36 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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.
Ep. 5: Midseason Fantasy Special With Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann

56:55 | Jun 15th, 2016

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.
Ep. 4: What's up With the AL Central With Michael Baumann, Nick Schaefer, and Aaron Gleeman

35:45 | Jun 10th, 2016

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.
Ep. 3: The Rise of the Chicago Cubs With Mallory Rubin and Rany Jazayerli

38:15 | Jun 8th, 2016

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.
Ep. 2: The Philadelphia Phillies' Process With Yahoo's Liz Roscher

26:17 | Jun 1st, 2016

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.
Ep. 1: Yankees and AL East w/ Bill Simmons, JackO, and Mallory Rubin

43:29 | May 24th, 2016

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.