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John Kape
 Dec 4, 2020
My favorite Sports Podcast. Very funny, very entertaining.

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The Ringer baseball crew brings you the analysis, humor, player breakdowns, and instant reactions you need for the MLB season. TUES: ‘Baseball BBQ’ with Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman. FRI: ‘The Ringer MLB Show’ with Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, and Zach Kram.

Episode Date
Looking for the Next Shane Bieber, Carlos Rodón’s No-Hitter, and Padres-Dodgers Preview
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Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, and Zach Kram start by discussing the report from The Athletic detailing a culture of sexual harassment in the New York Mets organization (4:56). Then they have a conversation about a piece Michael wrote about the pursuit of the next Shane Bieber (14:09). After that they discuss potential rule changes (26:26) and Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter(36:30). Lastly, they preview the upcoming series between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers (45:20).  Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Ronald Acuña Jr. Is As Much the Face of Baseball As Anyone
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We discuss Joe Musgrove tossing the first no-hitter in Padres history and Ronald Acuña Jr.’s blazing-hot start to the 2021 season (0:30), before being joined by Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell Jr. to talk about his MLB debut against the Yankees (24:30). Plus: This week’s Good, Bad, Uggla features the Texas Rangers' dismal offense and Jedd Gyorko’s new managerial career (37:39). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Brent Honeywell Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Will (or Should) Trevor Bauer Be Suspended?
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We open the show by discussing The Athletic’s report that MLB removed multiple Trevor Bauer–pitched baseballs from play to inspect them for illegal foreign substances (0:15). Then, we discuss the Michael Conforto walk-off hit by pitch that shouldn’t have been ruled a hit by pitch, injuries to Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trevor Rosenthal, and the slow start for the A's (25:15). Finally, we preview the weekend series between the Braves and Phillies, Yankees and Rays, and Dodgers and Nationals (49:00). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Opening Weekend Reactions: All Hail the Shohei Ohtani Experience
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We recap a packed opening weekend of baseball, including the historic pitching and hitting performance of Angels star Shohei Ohtani (0:30). Plus: The Good, the Bad, and the Uggla makes its return, featuring some abominable A’s starting pitching, the Coors cat, and more (28:47). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
MLB Opening Day Reactions. Plus: The Five Most Exciting Baseball Story Lines in 2021.
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We react to the (almost) full slate of baseball games yesterday, as well as the Francisco Lindor mega-extension, before sharing the stories we’re most looking forward to this year: the Padres becoming heroes, the Dodgers becoming villains, Shohei Ohtani finally staying healthy, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Introducing ‘Ringer Baseball’
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The Ringer baseball crew brings you the analysis, humor, player breakdowns, and instant reactions you need for the MLB season. TUES: ‘Baseball BBQ’ with Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman. FRI: ‘The Ringer MLB Show’ with Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, and Zach Kram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
The 10 Biggest Questions Heading Into the 2021 MLB Season
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Will Padres-Dodgers live up to the hype? Are any pitchers going to be suspended for foreign substances? Will the Yankees' injuries keep them from making it to the World Series again? We answer MLB’s biggest questions heading into Opening Day 2021. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
Your 2021 NL Preview: It’s Time to Decide. Dodgers or Padres?
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The Dodgers have ruled the NL West for a baseball eternity. Can the Padres finally take that crown? Plus: Is there any path for the Phillies to make the playoffs? Are the Mets or the Braves the NL East favorite? Can we find a pulse on any of the NL Central teams outside St. Louis? All that and more in the second installment of our season preview. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Your 2021 AL Preview: Can Anyone Challenge the Yankees?
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We rank all 15 teams in the American League and answer the biggest lingering questions heading into the season. Are the Yankees going to bulldoze their way to the World Series? Who has the edge in the AL Central? Will the Astros still get booed at every road game?  Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
The Biggest Weaknesses of the League’s Best Teams
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We identify the biggest weaknesses of the best teams in the league, and prescribe our favorite solutions to fix them (48:05). Plus: a deeper-than-you-ever-asked-for analysis of Luis Guillorme’s incredible 22-pitch walk featuring a surprise guest appearance, reactions to the minor league rule changes, and more (0:17). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Mike Petriello Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
The 26 People Who Will Define the 2021 MLB Season
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As the season creeps closer, we zoom out on the baseball landscape: Who are the most important people in 2021? Whether the answers are superstars like Mike Trout or guys with something to prove like Javy Báez, we’ve got it all covered. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
10 Overreactions to the First Two Days of Spring Training
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Baseball is back … sort of. We discuss the beginning of spring training and the quirks of seven-inning exhibitions before relaying our 10 biggest overreactions to the first two days of live games (0:18). Then, we create an all free-agent team from the players who remain unsigned (24:35) before playing a little game of “Would You Rather?” about the Francisco Lindor extension. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
The Origins of ‘Backyard Baseball.’ Plus: Best Shape of His Life SZN Is Here.
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To celebrate video game week on the site, we’re joined by ‘Backyard Baseball’ creator Nick Mirkovich to discuss how the game got started, the quirks that made it such a megahit, and its enduring legacy (31:52). Before talking to Nick, we speed-round all the news coming out of spring training: Mariners CEO Kevin Mather’s resignation, the myriad of players showing up in “the best shape of their lives,” Yoenis Céspedes speculation, Albert Pujols’s potential final season, and more (1:30). Read Zach Kram’s ‘Backyard Baseball’ piece here. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Nick Mirkovich Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
The Dodgers and Justin Turner Reunite. Plus: Your Guide to 2021 College Baseball.
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After being cut short by the pandemic in 2020, college baseball is returning this weekend. If you don’t currently watch, we’re making the case for why you should (32:30). Before that, we discuss Justin Turner reuniting with the Dodgers (1:48) and draft a starting rotation of the pitchers who have signed one-year deals this offseason (21:01). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Kyle Peterson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
The MLB Offseason Power Rankings
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The Padres, Cardinals, and Mets made big splashes on the trade market, while the Blue Jays hit home runs in free agency. The Rockies did … well, we don’t really know, and the Pirates acquired some important prospects while they rebuild. We rank the offseasons of all 30 teams, from those that improved the least to those that improved the most. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
The Nolan Arenado Trade Is a Statement of Rockies Dysfunction. Plus: Dustin Pedroia’s Retirement.
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We open this week by discussing The Athletic’s report that Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway sexually harassed multiple female reporters during his time in Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles (1:08). Then, we discuss the Nolan Arenado trade from every angle: how good Arenado is, whether this makes St. Louis a serious contender, and what exactly the Rockies are doing (21:30). Finally, we wave goodbye to Dustin Pedroia’s career by inviting Joon Lee, a Red Sox fan, and Randy Wilkins, a Yankees fan, to discuss what Pedroia’s lasting legacy will be (55:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Nick Groke, Joon Lee, Randy Wilkins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
Hank Aaron’s Life and Legacy
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We discuss the breaking news that JT Realmuto will re-sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for 5 years, $115 million (1:07), as well as the Jameson Taillon and Adam Ottavino trades (6:00), before bringing on ESPN’s Clinton Yates to discuss the titanic life of the great Henry Aaron, who passed away at age 86 last week (25:30). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Clinton Yates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
The Padres Won’t Stop Trading for Pitchers. Plus: The Yankees Finally Bring Back DJ LeMahieu.
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We discuss the news that the Mets fired GM Jared Porter after an ESPN report detailed his harassment of a female reporter during his time with the Cubs in 2016 (1:28). Then, we recap a busy week in baseball transactions: Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove joined a growing cadre of talented starting pitchers in San Diego, DJ LeMahieu finally got inked to come back to the Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers took a flyer on former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (6:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
Liam Hendriks Is the Latest Win-Now Move for the White Sox. Plus: METSCON Lindor Edition.
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We reach into our bag to grab the latest news from around the league since we last spoke: Liam Hendriks to the White Sox, how much Yu Darvish helps the Padres, Tomoyuki Sugano staying in Japan, and Rusney Castillo leaving the States (1:25). Then, we dive deep into the emotions of producer and Mets superfan Bobby Wagner, who takes us through what it felt like to find out the Mets traded for Francisco Lindor (38:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
Instant Reactions to Francisco Lindor Being Traded to the Mets
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The Mets have landed Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco in a blockbuster trade with Cleveland. Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman discuss their immediate thoughts on the deal, as well as what it means for both teams and for Lindor moving forward. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
What Is the Greatest Pitch of All Time? A Baseball BBQ Investigation.
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Mariano Rivera’s cutter, Walter Johnson’s fastball, Bob Gibson’s slider, Pedro Martínez’s [insert pitch here]—everything is on the table. We’re breaking form this week to bring you a special ‘Baseball BBQ’ investigation into one of the game’s most unanswerable questions. Strap in! Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Nick Swisher, Lucas Giolito, Rob Friedman, Brent Honeywell, Kinza Baad, Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Spilborghs, Ethan Katz, Eno Sarris, Bob Kendrick, Clinton Yates, and Sarah Langs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
What the Blake Snell Trade Means for the Padres, the Rays, and the Future
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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded away another star, this time in the form of former Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. We tell you everything you need to know, from what this means for the Padres, who the Rays got back, Snell’s fit in San Diego, and what it says that the defending American League Champion just traded away their best pitcher. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
Bob Kendrick on MLB’s Official Recognition of the Negro Leagues. Plus: The Free Agents You Already Forgot About.
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George Springer, Trevor Bauer, and DJ LeMahieu are on the top of everyone’s minds as the baseball offseason continues. But what about Andrelton Simmons, Joc Pederson, Didi Gregorius, and other more-forgotten free agents (30:00)? Plus, we talk to the inimitable Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, about the news that MLB would be formally recognizing the statistics of the seven leagues collectively known as the Negro Leagues (10:00).  Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Bob Kendrick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2020
Cleveland Drops Its Name (Kind Of). Plus: Reliving the Drake LaRoche Saga of 2016.
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James McCann is signing with the Mets, Dave Dombrowski will helm the Phillies, Lance Lynn is headed to Chicago, and, of course, Cleveland announced that it plans to change its team name (in the near future). We recap the week in baseball news (1:45), including the White Sox re-signing Adam Eaton, which leads us down a rabbit hole with Dan Hayes of The Athletic, who reported on the mysterious and downright bizarre Drake LaRoche controversy the last time Eaton donned a White Sox uniform (43:52). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Dan Hayes and Michael Baumann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2020
Live From Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia … It’s Baseball BBQ!
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In the first “in-person” podcast recorded in 'Baseball BBQ' history, we meet up in an empty parking lot outside Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, to discuss a potential Zack Wheeler trade, the canceled winter meetings, and the joys of seeing a baseball game in person with your buddies (0:09). Then, KBO MVP Mel Rojas Jr. joins to discuss his stunning season, getting into a groove at the plate, the differences in playing in South Korea as opposed to the U.S. or the Dominican Republic, where he wants to play next year, and more (27:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Mel Rojas Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2020
Who Would Win If Real Umpires Fought Robot Umpires? And Other Essential Offseason Mailbag Questions
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We recap the slim pickings of news in the last week (1:45) before opening up the offseason mailbag to answer your questions about baseball in the Olympics, robot umps vs. human umps, and more (14:00).  Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
It’s the Most Wonderfully Boring Time of the Year
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It’s the doldrums of the offseason, where we refresh Twitter and hope for some breaking news. This week, we discuss Robinson Canó’s suspension and Theo Epstein’s resignation (2:00). Then, New York Daily News Mets beat reporter Deesha Thosar joins to make sense of Canó’s suspension and the “reply guy” nature of new Mets owner Steve Cohen (21:23). We’re also joined by the Josė Gomez, GM of Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, to discuss what it’s like to run a LIDOM team in a pandemic (35:00). Finally, we quickly draft the most boring people, places, things, and situations in the baseball world (48:20). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Deesha Thosar and José Gomez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
The 12 Biggest Stories to Monitor This Offseason
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We are officially in the offseason, so to prepare you, we loaded a 'Price Is Right'–style spinning wheel with the 12 biggest story lines we think will dominate the next two months—from minor league baseball shrinking, to free agents, to potential blockbuster trades, we have you covered. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
The Baseball BBQ Superlative Awards
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Major League Baseball has handed out the Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and Manager of the Year awards. We predict who will win the Cy Young and MVP awards in each league (3:30), before fashioning our own set of awards to hand out (17:02). Which player who we thought sucked is actually good? Which team was the most incompetent? Who did we think about least? Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Let’s Build MLB’s 2020 Time Capsule
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Join us on a wild ride as we pick 25 items to place into an imaginary time capsule of the weirdest baseball season of our lives—from wet rags, to mattresses, to Clayton Kershaw’s hat. You won’t want to miss this one. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Lucas Giolito Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
What Does the Tony La Russa Hire Really Mean? Plus: Rhea Butcher’s Dodgers Victory Lap and Frankenstein Draft Review.
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We go further in depth on what Tony La Russa's hiring will actually mean on and off the field for the 2021 Chicago White Sox, including how he even got hired in the first place (1:06). Then, comedian and ‘Three Swings’ host Rhea Butcher joins to rehash their guarantee (on Baseball BBQ) that the Dodgers would win the World Series (25:15). Finally, Sarah Langs of MLB.com and Stephen Nelson of MLB Network return to the pod to review the Frankenstein teams they drafted on the podcast before the playoffs started (55:30), and we close with the first METSCON of the Steve Cohen era (1:27:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Rhea Butcher, Stephen Nelson, and Sarah Langs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
The White Sox Hired Tony La Russa, So Jake Is Walking to Chicago. Oh, and The Dodgers Won the World Series.
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We are joined by The Athletic’s Levi Weaver to discuss the energy at Globe Life Field during the World Series, the profoundly bizarre experience of hearing that Justin Turner tested positive for COVID and then went onto the field to celebrate anyway, and what his most lasting memories of covering baseball in 2020 will be (1:32). Then, we give the Dodgers credit for building, wire-to-wire, the best team in baseball, and send off the 2020 Rays—an impressively constructed team that was overmatched in the end (30:22). Finally, the news you’ve all been waiting for: Tony La Russa is the new manager of the Chicago White Sox. Will Jake fulfill his promise of “walking from [his] apartment to Guaranteed Rate Field if the White Sox hire Tony La Russa” (1:03:46)? Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Levi Weaver Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers Bounce Back to Win Game 5 After a Historically Bizarre Game 4 Loss
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The Rays evened the World Series in Game 4 after a bizarre set of mistakes by the Dodgers allowed Randy Arozarena to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Dodgers bounced back Sunday night on the back of a strong Clayton Kershaw start and some clutch relief pitching to take a 3-2 series lead. Will they close it out in Game 6, or are we going to see a World Series Game 7 for the second straight year?  Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Blake Snell and Brandon Lowe Help the Rays Even the World Series. Plus: How Buehler vs. Morton in Game 3 Will Shape the Rest of the Series.
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We react to a choppy Game 2 that featured seven Dodgers pitchers, a strong but short outing from Blake Snell, and a semi-revival of the Rays’ bats. Then, we preview games 3 and 4 before sharing our Fave Five things of the series thus far. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
The Dodgers Meet the Rays in the World Series: Five Players to Watch and Our Series Predictions
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We recap a thrilling Game 7 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Braves that featured incredibly clutch home runs from Cody Bellinger and Kike Hernández (1:51) and a surprising Game 7 between the Astros and Rays in which the Rays held on to avoid blowing a 3-0 series lead. Then, we share our five favorite players and predict who will win the World Series, how many games it’ll take, and who will take home the World Series MVP trophy (24:40). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
The Dodgers Rout Their Way Back Into the Series. Plus: Houston Hangs on to Avoid a Sweep.
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We break down the 11-run inning that powered the Dodgers in Game 3, flipping the script in a series that had been surprisingly dominated by the Braves up to that point (0:00). Then, we discuss the saga that was Walker Buehler’s pants (1:21), before discussing how even with a loss in Game 4, the Rays have set themselves up nicely to close out the Astros in the coming days (20:33). Finally, we diagnose what it would mean for the White Sox—one of the most exciting young teams in baseball—to hire Tony La Russa, AJ Hinch, or Alex Cora (30:37). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Instant Reactions to Rays-Astros Game 1. Plus: Dodgers-Braves NLCS Preview.
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The Rays hung on to beat the Astros 2-1 in Game 1 of the ALCS on the back of a gritty pitching performance from Blake Snell and another Randy Arozarena home run. We recap that game as well as preview the rest of this fascinating series, before also previewing Game 1 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Braves. Will the Dodgers keep rolling along or will the stacked Braves lineup and surprisingly impressive postseason pitching give Los Angeles trouble? Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Cody Bellinger Robs Fernando Tatis Jr. to Help Put the Dodgers Up 2-0. Plus: A Breakdown of Every Divisional Series Thus Far.
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After a stress-filled Game 2 between the Dodgers and Padres, we convene to give our immediate reactions to that series, as well as the Yankees-Rays series that's tilted toward Tampa Bay, the Braves-Marlins series that's headed toward a sweep, and the A’s-Astros series that’s about to play its crucial Game 4. Plus: We take a victory lap on predicting the pitcher-friendly Globe Life Field would be the talk of the postseason, as well as predicting a big breakout for Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
Everything You Need to Be Excited for in the AL and NL Divisional Series
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We preview every series in both leagues and break down what you need to know, what you need to get excited for, and which players (outside the obvious) you should expect to show up big (1:03). Then, ESPN broadcaster Boog Sciambi joins to preview Marlins-Braves, describe what it’s like to call a fanless playoff game that you’re not even in the ballpark for, and discuss the nearly unbelievable arc of Fernando Tatis Jr. (33:26) Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Boog Sciambi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
We Watched 14 Straight Hours of Playoff Baseball and Then Recorded a Podcast
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The Yankees swept Cleveland. The Astros made an ever deeper heel turn. The Dodgers, if unconvincing, did their job by beating the Brewers. The Braves needed 13 innings just to put up one run against the Reds. Everything is happening all at once! We recap one of the most hectic, stressful, and entertaining baseball days of this century by going series by series and sharing our biggest takeaways, surprises, and emerging story lines. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
Your Team Is Going to Win the World Series. Here’s Why.
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We bring on 16 guests—one for each team in the postseason—to tell you why that team could win this year’s World Series. From the favorites like the Dodgers and the Rays, to the long shots like the Brewers and the Marlins, the field is wide open this year. Plus: a bonus intermission with Cleveland postseason hero Rajai Davis! Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Randy Wilkins, Demetrius Bell, Andrew Stoeten, Ian Happ, Alex Coffey, Andre Knott, Rajai Davis, Tyler Stafford, Will Leitch, Brace Hemmelgarn, Juan Toribio, Danny Graves, Jason Benetti, Jorge Arangure, Rhea Butcher, Tom Koehler, Adam McCalvy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Did This Baseball Season Make Any Sense at All?
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We discuss the playoff picture as it rounds into its final form for the season (1:27), before inviting FanGraphs managing editor Meg Rowley on to rate the efficacy of some of the wonky rule changes and circumstantial differences caused by the pandemic this season (14:12). We close this week with the final METSCON of the season and our Moment of Baseball Joy (58:15). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Meg Rowley Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
Drafting Frankenstein Playoff Teams With Sarah Langs and Stephen Nelson
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We give our fave five things to watch down the stretch run of the baseball season, including tight NL Cy Young and AL MVP races (1:31). Then, we invite MLB Network’s Stephen Nelson and MLB.com's Sarah Langs to draft a Frankenstein MLB playoff team—each person builds the best team possible by picking a lineup, a starting pitching rotation, a bullpen, a manager, and a team “vibe” from the remaining teams in the playoff hunt (17:46). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Sarah Langs and Stephen Nelson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
The Playoff Bubble and the Yankees' Resurgence. Plus: Kumar Rocker!
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The playoff picture is starting to come into focus. We revisit some of our previous playoff conversations to discuss where the Yankees stand, who will grab the final NL wild card spots, and how the playoff bubble plan will affect those teams once they get there (1:11). Then, we are joined by Vanderbilt ace and top college pitching prospect Kumar Rocker to discuss choosing Vanderbilt, his legendary no-hitter in the College World Series, what he admires about the game of baseball as it stands today, and more (26:19). Finally, we close with the Good, the Bad, and the Uggla and this week’s moment of baseball joy (48:58). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Kumar Rocker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
The White Sox Have Arrived
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We speed round Alec Mills’s no-hitter, Albert Pujols passing Willie Mays on the home run leaderboard, and Matt Chapman going down with an injury (0:47). Then we bring on White Sox announcer Jason Benetti to talk about the top seed in the American League and their bevy of young stars (20:02). We finish with a (Not) Sorry for Your Mentions and this week’s Moment of Baseball Joy (44:44). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Jason Benetti Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Braves-Marlins 29-9 Madness! Plus: Are the Wheels Officially Off for the Yankees?
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We get into the nitty-gritty of a bizarre baseball night that included a 29-9 shellacking of the Marlins by the Braves and the Brewers beating the Tigers 19-0 (0:43). Then, we follow up on last week’s episode addressing concerns for the 2020 Yankees—all of which have gotten worse in the past week. Finally, we close with Good, Bad, Uggla and Yo, Manfred! (22:09). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Labor Day Mailbag: Does Anyone Currently Playing Have a Chance to Become the Home Run King?
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We open the mailbag to answer all your questions—silly or serious—about baseball in 2020, including: Does anyone currently playing have a realistic shot at breaking Barry Bonds’s career home run record? Why don’t we play more baseball in torrential downpours? What songs are the most disturbing choices for walk-up music? Plus: Special guest Jake’s mom joins to tell the story of Jake’s birth mere hours before Cal Ripken Jr. tied the all-time record for games consecutively played. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Helane Greenfeld Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
A Deep Dive Into the Playoff Race. Plus: Ryan Ruocco on the Yankees' Strange Season and RIP, Tom Seaver.
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It’s almost time to get down to brass tacks in the MLB playoff races. We run through all eight teams currently in position to make the playoffs in each league, and then discuss the chances they’ll stay there vs. who might bounce them out of their spot (1:11). Then, ‘R2C2’ cohost and ESPN/SNY broadcaster Ryan Ruocco joins the show to home in on Yankees, a team riddled with injuries that is slightly underperforming its massive 2020 expectations (26:02). Finally, we hit the Good, the Bad, and the Uggla before we remember Tom Seaver, the greatest Met of all time, and perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time, as well (1:00:45). Subscribe to ‘R2C2’ with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco here. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Ryan Ruocco Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
The Five MLB Trades You Should Care About Most. Plus: Taylor Trammell on Getting Traded to the Mariners.
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We start this week off by sharing the five MLB trades from today’s deadline that we (and thus you, listener), should care about the most (6:27), before giving rapid-fire reactions to every move that was made at the deadline (25:21). Then, we welcome in top-100 prospect Taylor Trammell to discuss what it’s like to be traded, his time in the Padres system, and what he’s looking forward to about Seattle (39:54). Finally, after a tumultuous week in Queens, we reup METSCON to discuss what level of chaos and disarray the Mets are currently in, and whether there’s any easy way out of it (1:01:33). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Taylor Trammell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
After the Milwaukee Bucks Stopped the NBA Season, Baseball Followed Suit … Cautiously 
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We discuss the biggest news in the baseball and sports world: teams sitting out in protest of police brutality and the shooting of Jacob Blake. First, we are joined by Russell Dorsey, Chicago Cubs beat reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times (3:48). Then we’re joined by Brent Suter of the Milwaukee Brewers, the first team to decide not to play this week (39:54). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Russell Dorsey and Brent Suter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
A Budding Chicago Rivalry, Pitcher Debuts Galore, and the Padres Are on Fire. Plus: Randy Dobnak!
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We bounce around the weekend in baseball news and series, including a very entertaining series between the White Sox and Cubs in which the White Sox proved they’re approaching the Cubs’ level (1:04). Then, we invite on Padres radio play-by-play announcer Jesse Agler to discuss what it was like to cover all the worst San Diego teams from 2014 to now, and how different it feels now that the Padres are both good and electrifying (19:12). Finally, we chat with Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak on his utterly bizarre journey to leading the majors in wins, before wrapping with Sorry For Your Mentions and our baseball moment of joy for the week (43:25). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Jesse Agler and Randy Dobnak Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Thom Brennaman, Tatis Discourse, and a Mini Mailbag
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Reds announcer Thom Brennaman was caught using an anti-LGBTQ slur at the beginning of the Reds broadcast yesterday. We discuss the implications for his job, his apology, and the culture that exists in baseball that allows these things to happen so consistently (2:43). Then, we summarize a week in hotly debated Fernando Tatís Jr. discourse—including taking a special sports-radio call—before closing with The Good, the Bad, and the Uggla (25:14). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
The Plesac/Clevinger Saga, a Truly Terrible Red Sox Team, and the Debut of METSCON
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This week, we break down the latest news around the internal strife between Zach Plesac, Mike Clevinger, and the rest of the Cleveland roster after they broke COVID protocols last week (2:05). Then, we bring in The Boston Globe’s Red Sox beat reporter, Julian McWilliams, to gauge how the heck the Red Sox went from being average to one of the worst teams in baseball so quickly (25:30). Finally, we close with Sorry for Your Mentions; the debut of METSCON—how high-alert are Mets fans this week?; and Why Haven’t You Doubled Yet? (42:50) Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guets: Julian McWilliams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Only Juan Soto Can Outdo Juan Soto
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We offer rapid-fire reactions to the week in baseball news: Adam Plutko’s comments on his teammates breaking COVID protocols, Ramón Laureano’s suspension, Joe Kelly on Ross Stripling’s podcast, and the Buffalo Blue Jays (2:30). Then, we are joined by Washington Post Nationals beat reporter Jesse Dougherty for a boots in the press box report on Juan Soto’s mammoth home runs in Citi Field this week (25:35). Finally, we go to this week’s The Good, The Bad, and the Uggla, before sharing a moment of baseball joy (36:09). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Jesse Dougherty Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
Ramón Laureano … What Are You Doing, Bro?
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We open this week’s podcast by reviewing yesterday’s ill-advised brawl between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros, from which the resulting penalties are rumored to be severe (1:02). Then, we bring on ESPN’s Clinton Yates to break down the unique and growing appeal of Fernando Tatís Jr. and to make the case for the runner on second rule (25:26). Finally, we debate whether the Rockies and Padres are actually good (57:23). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Clinton Yates Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Fernando Tatís Jr. Is Our Ken Griffey Jr.
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We discuss the continued success of Fernando Tatís Jr. and the continued dominance of Mike Trout (0:54) before turning it over to conversations with one of baseball’s best pitchers, Shane Bieber (22:03), and newly minted Baltimore play-by-play announcer Melanie Newman (41:00). Finally, we share "The Good, the Bad, and the Uggla’" for the week (60:13). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Shane Bieber and Melanie Newman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
The St. Louis Cardinals COVID Outbreak and the Bizarre Yoenis Céspedes Saga. Plus: Nate Pearson on His MLB Debut.
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We discuss updates on COVID-related news across the league, including the St. Louis Cardinals’ season being temporarily suspended after news that 13 players tested positive for the coronavirus (1:10). Then, we react to a truly bizarre saga between the New York Mets and Yoenis Céspedes with New York Daily News reporter Deesha Thosar (12:24). Finally, we call up Blue Jays top pitching prospect Nate Pearson to discuss his stellar major league debut last Wednesday (39:19), before debuting a few new segments to close the episode (54:27). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Deesha Thosar and Nate Pearson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
The Rapidly Evolving Marlins and Phillies COVID Outbreaks, National Anthem Demonstrations in MLB, and the Debut of The Good, the Bad, and the Uggla
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We discuss the news that Phillies clubhouse managers have tested positive for COVID-19 and what that means for scheduling concerns just one week into the baseball season (1:43). Then, Bradford William Davis of the New York Daily News joins to discuss the way that MLB has handled demonstrations and kneeling during the national anthem during the first week of games (22:07). Finally, we debut a new in-season segment—“The Good, the Bad, and the Uggla”—in which we share one good thing from the last week, one bad thing, and one bizarre thing (42:35). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Bradford William Davis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
The Miami Marlins Have a COVID-19 Outbreak. What Do We Know Now About the Rest of the 2020 Season?
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We bring on Marlins reporter and radio personality Craig Mish to discuss the news that more than 10 Marlins players have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 just one weekend into the baseball season (3:07). Then, we discuss what this could mean for the rest of the 2020 season, Juan Soto’s positive test on Opening Day, the uneasy but uncannily normal feeling of watching baseball, and more (13:49). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Craig Mish Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Mookie Betts Signs a 12-Year, $365 Million Extension With the Dodgers, Plus: Previewing Every AL Team
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We react to the mega Mookie extension—12 years and $365 million to stay with the Dodgers—and give our analysis of what the Blue Jays’ ballpark uncertainty means for the their competitiveness in 2020 and the league at large (1:42). Then, like we did earlier in the week for the National League, we set a timer for every AL team and tell you one reason that team is interesting (15:50). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Mallory Rubin and Joon Lee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
(At Least) One Reason to Care About Every NL Team
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The MLB season is a mere three days away. To preview the National League, we set a timer for each team and tell you one reason that team is interesting, and the best- and worst-case scenarios for your favorite team. Plus: Ian Happ tells you why the Cubs are going to win the World Series in a sweep. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Ian Happ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
The 10 Biggest What-ifs of the 2020 Season 
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With less than a week until the 2020 season is scheduled to start, we sit down to talk about some of the biggest, strangest, and most exciting unanswered questions spawned by an unprecedented 60-game MLB season. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Adam Ottavino, Joe Davis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
MLB Is Back. What Is That Like?
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We take you inside the world of the MLB return by talking with Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams (26:21), Yankees beat reporter Lindsey Adler (43:19), and Marlins pitcher Sterling Sharp (64:49). We know 2020 is different, but how different? How are players and reporters preparing for one of the strangest seasons in baseball history? Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Lindsey Adler, Trevor Williams, and Sterling Sharp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
An Ode to Minor League Baseball. Plus: We’re Not Sure the 2020 Season Is Really Going to Happen.
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Even though summer training has begun, it's hard to believe the 2020 MLB season is really going to come to fruition without a major improvement in COVID-19-testing protocol. Will MLB figure it out? Next, we pour out a metaphorical cheap beer now that the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season has been finalized and share the things we miss most about the minor leagues—and why Rob Manfred would do well to reverse course on downsizing it. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Ben Hill Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
What Will the MLB Rule Changes Actually Change? Plus: ‘Koshien’ Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki
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Universal designated hitter, a runner on second base to start extra innings, and expanded active rosters—what will all this mean for the on-field product in 2020? We discuss those changes, their effect on our beloved Yoenis Céspedes, and where Yasiel Puig will end up (0:00). Then, we are joined by documentary filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki to discuss her film ‘Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams’—an engrossing, humanistic exploration of Japan’s national high school baseball tournament and the players and coaches that compete in it (0:00). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Ema Ryan Yamazaki Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
How Are We Supposed to Feel About MLB Coming Back? Plus: Preston Wilson on Baseball’s Racial Inequities and Lucas Giolito on Allyship.
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Major League Baseball finally has a plan to return. We bring on Michael Baumann to make sense of the coming 60-day season, the convoluted negotiations that led to this point, and our place in the sport as fans and media (2:55). Then we talk to retired outfielder Preston Wilson about his life and career, how biases in player development contribute to racial inequities in the majors, and the concrete steps the baseball community can take to start unlearning biases (23:48). Lastly, White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito joins to discuss what white allyship looks like in MLB, why this generation of players seems willing to speak out on issues of social justice, and whether demands for systemic change will persist once games resume (59:08). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Michael Baumann, Preston Wilson, and Lucas Giolito Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Will MLB Really Cancel the 2020 Season? Plus: Renel Brooks-Moon on Her Incredible Career and Activism in Baseball
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The baseball news cycle is as confusing as it is frustrating—we bring on Ben Lindbergh to parse all the facts that you need to know about the likelihood of MLB playing this summer (2:13). Then, Giants PA announcer Renel Brooks-Moon joins to talk about her wonderful journey into baseball media, how this player activism movement compares to others she’s seen and participated in, and how the baseball world can better address its race and gender inequities (26:31). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Ben Lindbergh and Renel Brooks-Moon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2020
‘Long Gone Summer’ Director AJ Schnack on the Summer Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa Changed Baseball
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We’re back early this week with a bonus podcast: It’s an interview with the director of ‘Long Gone Summer,’ the newest ESPN Films documentary on Mark McGwire's and Sammy Sosa’s battle for the single-season home run record in the summer of 1998. We ask AJ what made him want to make a film about this moment, the most difficult part of recounting this story, and why these two figures made that home run chase so compelling. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: AJ Schnack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
How Will Baseball Address Its Shortcomings With Race and Accessibility?
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As the nation continues to protest police brutality after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, calls for change and accountability have spread to the baseball world. How can the sport—at all levels—grow more diverse and improve the experience of Black players? In this episode, we speak to Royals minor leaguer Nick Heath and Johns Hopkins third baseman Matt Ritchie to gain their perspective. To donate to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, click here.  Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guests: Nick Heath and Matt Ritchie Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Will We Ever See a Two-Sport Superstar Again?
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From the headliner to the sideshow, we’re giving you everything you need to know about two-sport baseball stars. Will we see one in the future, or was Kyler Murray our last shot? Settle the debate: Bo or Prime Time? Plus, Brian Jordan on what it was like to play in the NFL and MLB, protecting Mark McGwire in the lineup as he chased 70 home runs in a single season, and why he ended up choosing baseball over football (29:54). Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Brian Jordan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
The Strange Origins and Glorious Evolution of the Home Run Derby
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For our second episode, it’s all about the long ball, baby. We break down everything we love about the Home Run Derby, the only purely joyful event on the baseball calendar. Who are the five greatest to ever do it? What is the derby’s ideal format? And which derby pitchers are the best at giving up dingers? Plus: a conversation with Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Rhys Hoskins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2020
Your Definitive Guide to Baseball Brawls | Baseball BBQ
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Jake and Jordan bring you everything you need to know about baseball brawls and then some, from ranking the top five in MLB history to examining what makes a good (and not so good) brawl. Plus, Reds reliever Amir Garrett explains what it was like to start the biggest brawl of the 2019 season. Hold on to your helmets and sunglasses—we’re coming out swinging. Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman Guest: Amir Garrett Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
Introducing Baseball BBQ
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman will serve as your guides to the good, bad, and utterly bizarre corners of the baseball world and all that makes it special. In the run-up to the delayed season, they’ll dive down the rabbit holes of some of their favorite fascinations, from the home run derby to baseball brawls and more. Once the MLB season returns, they’ll break down the latest news and developments with their trademark wit and irreverence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020