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The Athletic's flagship baseball podcast features some of the best writers and thinkers in the game. Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Britt Ghiroli, Eno Sarris, Keith Law, Andy McCullough, Grant Brisbee, Derek VanRiper, Tim McMaster and more come together five days per week to guide you through the Major League Baseball season. With rumors, analytics, trivia, prospects, and big name interviews, we've got you covered from Spring Training through the World Series.

Episode Date
DVR & Law | Overreaction Theatre, Rookie Class Check-In & Revisiting the 2012 Draft
3498
DVR and Keith put the White Sox's offense and the Giants' run prevention woes on the stage in the latest 'Overreaction Theatre' before discussing the big May improvements from Julio Rodríguez and Bobby Witt Jr., the continued success of Jeremy Peña, and the quiet production of Keibert Ruiz during his rookie campaign in D.C. Finally, they take a look back at the 2012 Draft in the wake of Keith's re-draft mock.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Twins Atop the AL Central, San Diego's Surge & Analyzing Eno's Dreams
3298
Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the Twins as the most surprising division leader as May winds down, what has gone right so far in Minnesota, the Padres’ strong start to 2022 despite the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr., and if MLB might ever consider a revenue-sharing plan based on placement in the standings. Plus, Eno takes a silver medal in an unusual way, the trio discusses how the Ghost Runner rule has worked out so far, and wonder if the Joey Votto turnaround is in progress. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Read Philip Buckingham's story about Premier League revenue distribution by standings table position ($): https://theathletic.com/3305637 Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2022
The Roundtable | Should the Nats trade Juan Soto, Adley Rutschman has arrived & Anderson-Donaldson comments aftermath
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee, Andy McCullough and Marc Carig. Each week, we will yammer about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. The guys discuss if they think Juan Soto will be traded by the Nationals, Adley Rutschman being called up by the Orioles & the aftermath of the Tim Anderson Josh Donaldson comments. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Marc on Twitter: @MarcCarig -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Starkville | Jason Benetti talks Donaldson-Anderson, breakfast baseball and Yadi pitching
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The voice of the White Sox and Peacock for MLB, Jason Benetti, returns to Starkville after calling an eventful weekend of games. First he was in the Bronx for Saturday's Yankees-White Sox game and Josh Donaldson-Tim Anderson situation. After a harrowing car ride to JFK, he was back at it calling breakfast baseball in Pittsburgh as Yadi Molina took the mound and Albert Pujols homered twice. Throw in some Pujols doubles trivia and this is an episode you don't want to miss. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Machado takes play to new level, Rutschman soaks it all in, plus your questions
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Ken and Tim start the show by discussing the player who helped make the Orioles competitive ten years ago, and the player the franchise hopes can do it now. Manny Machado and Adley Rutschman are both having memorable seasons. Then it's on to the mailbag... -Will the Blue Jays be able to sign their young core long term? -Is baseball trying to eliminate three true outcomes? -Why do current players have so many moving parts in their swings? -Will players try to make pitchers eligible as hitters to save roster spot? -What happened to Rick Porcello? -What happened to protective caps for pitchers? -Best ballpark food Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
The 3-0 Show | 2022 Breakouts, Blaming the Baseball & Working Through a Max Scherzer Absence
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss a few 2022 breakouts including the early step forward from Jazz Chisholm Jr. in Miami, pitchers that have exceeded expectations, continued complaints about the baseball, a surprisingly quiet offense in Toronto, the expected impact of Max Scherzer's injury on the Mets, and adjustments made by Nolan Arenado that have pushed him back toward MVP-level production at the plate.  Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
DVR & Law | Keith's 2022 MLB Mock Draft v 1.0, Kelenic's Demotion & Opportunity for MJ Melendez
3598
DVR and Keith discuss Keith's first 2022 MLB Mock Draft including a somewhat surprising projection for the Orioles' choice at 1.1, one potential riser into the Top 10 overall, and balancing risk and reward with pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery. Plus, the Mariners' decision to send Jarred Kelenic back to Triple-A, Jarren Duran's quick return to the minors, and an opportunity for MJ Melendez to carve out a larger 2022 role while Salvador Pérez is on the IL.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2022
The Roundtable | Revisiting Hot Takes, Ohtani's Greatness & No-Hitter Loss Talk with Stephen Nesbitt
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by Athletic Senior MLB Writer Stephen Nesbitt. The guys revisit their hot takes from the beginning of the season, they talk about the greatness of Ohtani and what's their thoughts on no-hitter losses and combined no-hitters. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Stephen on Twitter: @stephenjnesbitt -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Starkville | Pujols pitching, Yelich cycling and "Boog" Sciambi is back
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Doug was in St. Louis on Sunday along with this week's guest Jon "Boog" Sciambi to witness Albert Pujols pitching against the Giants. Jayson and the guys talk about that wild game and muchh more with Boog. Strange But True dives deeper into Christian Yelich's affinity for cycling against the Reds. Forget about killing the win, our trivia question celebrates pitchers who piled them up. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Offense up in May, challenging balls & strikes and the Mariners struggles
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Don't look now but offensive numbers are UP across MLB in recent weeks. Tim McMaster and Ken Rosenthal discuss why. Then it's on to the mailbag... -Is there proof that pitching limits lead to better health? -Is it too soon to panic over the Mariners start? -Could a ball/strike challenge system help the game? -Do hitting coaches matter? -Tweaking the 3-batter pitching rule -Do ballplayers care what's going on with other clubs? -Should Red Sox go into full sell mode? -Would the Cardinals trade Nolan Gorman for Xander Bogaeerts? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 2
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In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Detmers' no-no, Frank Lopez's incredible story and the legacy of nerdcast
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With DVR away, Eno takes over hosting duties so anything could happen. He and Britt discuss Reid Detmers' unlikely no-hitter. Then Britt gives the background to her feel good story about Indians minor leaguer Frank Lopez. After that, they discuss what makes a perfect baseball broadcast booth and how ESPN's nerdcast will be remembered. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 1
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In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
The Roundtable | The Most Surprising/Disappointing Teams & Dodgers Talk with Fabian Ardaya
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week, we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by The Athletic's Dodgers Writer Fabian Ardaya. The guys discuss the 1st place LA Dodgers, who are the most surprising team's of the first month of the season and who they think are the most disappointing teams. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Fabian on Twitter: @FabianArdaya -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Starkville | Dusty Baker on 2000 wins, old school vs. new school and more
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Dusty Baker is back in Starkville for the third time fresh off his 2000th win as a Major League manager. He reflects back on his managerial career and what has changed over the years. He explains why older managers can still get it done and how he has related to star players over the years. Also on this episode, Jayson forces Doug to relive the heartbreak of being on the 2003 Cubs. Plus Strange But True and listener trivia. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Posey and Molina's place in history, the Nestor Cortes Jr. story and Jacob deGrom as a closer
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After soaking in Buster Posey in San Francisco on Saturday Ken talks about Buster's career and how he and Yadier Molina are viewed by Hall of Fame voters. Then Tim and Ken move onto the mailbag... -Is Nester Cortes Jr. the best story in baseball this year? -Should the Mets move Jacob deGrom to the bullpen? -Are current stats considered during in-season arbitration hearings? -Could an international draft hurt baseball in Caribbean countries? -How about honoring Pujols and Molina as honorary all-stars? -When pitcher limits drop to 13 per roster, does Ohtani count as a pitcher or hitter? -Why aren't all MLB playoff games in primetime? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
DVR & Law | A Fast Start in the Bronx, Jo Adell's Future & Keith First 2022 Big Board
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DVR and Keith discuss the Yankees' fast start, a surprisingly sluggish Boston offense, Garrett Whitlock's initial success as a starter, the future for Jo Adell in the wake of a demotion back to Triple-A, and Keith first Top 100 for the 2022 MLB Draft.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Dusty Baker Reaches 2,000 Wins & Our April Surprises
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss Dusty Baker's 2,000-win milestone, and the few active managers with a shot of joining that club. Plus, they examine Robinson Canó's chances of landing on another roster, and their biggest surprises coming out of the first month of the season before handing out their 'People of the Week' hardware.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
The Roundtable | Releasing Cano and his contract, the new baseball & the Yankee's Letter with Evan Drellich
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week, we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by The Athletic's MLB Senior Writer Evan Drellich. The guys discuss the Mets releasing Robinson Cano & his big contract, what's the deal with the new baseball and how big of a deal is the Yankee's letter. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Starkville | Perry Minasian on the Angels fast start and his unique path to the front office
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The Angels are in first place to start off May. General Manager Perry Minasian visits Starkville to explain what has finally come together for the club. He also shares incredible stories from a lifetime around the game including tales from working with Nolan Ryan and Bo Jackson. Jayson and Doug also look back on what stood out to them from April and in Strange But True they did into a very young player and a very old ballpark. And of course there's trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | What can we take from April's small sample sizes?
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As the calendar changes to May, Tim and Ken take a look back on the first month of the season. What can we take from the small sample sizes and what should we be waiting on before drawing conclusions. Then they open up the mailbag: -Should batters be awarded two bases for being hit by a pitch? -Could the Red Sox trade Xander Bogaerts? -Is the building of bullpens changing as the game changes? -Is the effect of base stealers on pitchers overlooked in MLB? -Did Baltimore move the left field wall at Camden Yards too far? -Can anything be done about Angel Hernandez and bad umpiring? -Will the one-knee catching position go away when balls and strikes are called by robot umpires? -Is Rob Manfred making good on his plan to visit more players and teams this season? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
DVR & Law | A More Intriguing & Balanced AL Central, Taylor Ward's Opportunity & Pitching Prospects On the Brink of Promotion
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DVR and Keith discuss the long-term outlook for Adalberto Mondesi in the wake of his season-ending ACL injury, Bobby Witt Jr.’s slow start, Andrew Vaughn’s step forward, the White Sox’s increasingly difficult path in the AL Central as injuries pile up, Taylor Ward’s opportunity in Anaheim, and few pitching prospects knocking on the door for a callup.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
The 3-0 Show | The 2022 Baseball, Justifiably Angry Mets, A's Charades & Weekly Awards
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the early-season results of the current baseball -- the ultimate goal of trying to make changes to the game on a year-to-year basis, the Mets' justified frustration in the wake of several hit batters, weekly awards, and much more.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
The Roundtable | Miguel Cabrera's 3000th Hit, Struggling Prospects & Pitch Clocks with Cody Stavenhagen
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week, we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by The Athletic's Tigers Writer Cody Stavenhagen. The guys discuss Miguel Cabrera's 3000th hit and his career, top prospects coming up to early/late and pitch clocks coming to MLB. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Cody on Twitter: @CodyStavenhagen -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Starkville | Dave Dombrowski on Miggy, the 2022 Phillies, Angel Hernandez and more
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Miguel Cabrera reaches 3000 hits. Who better to talk to about it than Phillies's President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski who signed Miggy as GM of the Marlins and then traded for him with the Tigers. He shares stories of Cabrera and then talks about the 2022 Phillies, a team built to hit that hasn't yet. Also, Doug’s baseball travels take him back to Philadelphia this week. Strange but True gives us a 9-inning no-hitter that wasn’t, and a football game breaking out at Wrigley Field. All that plus 3000 hit trivia Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Where did all the runs go and who will be next to 3000 hits?
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Where has all the offense gone? Tim McMaster and Ken Rosenthal open the show trying to explain that and then it's on to the mailbag... -Who will be the next player to collect 3000 hits? -Why hasn't baseball developed a tacky baseball? -Should MLB get rid of league specific awards? -What if teams were only allowed five relievers per game? -Where did all the knuckleballers go? -Should ownership of general managers be blamed for Reds woes? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
DVR & Law | Curtailing Pitching Dominance & Assessing Early Risers
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DVR and Keith discuss DVR's desire to completely change baseball by allowing hitters to walk after Ball 3 in the wake of another step forward with pitcher velocities and an early-season stretch of historically light offensive production. Plus, they assess the early performances of MacKenzie Gore, Jurickson Profar, Kyle Wright and Cody Bellinger, before taking a look at the very top of the 2022 draft board.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
The 3-0 Show | What Matters Early? Gerrit Cole's April Struggles, Fast Starters & Week 2 Hardware
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the metrics that matter when analyzing limited samples of games early (or at any point) during the season. Plus, what should we make of Gerrit Cole's struggles? Should you buy into any surprising fast-start teams? Plus, Week 2 awards, and Britt shares her bold predictions for the 2022 season.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
The Roundtable | Kershaw, Joe Maddon & Unwritten Rules with Marc Carig
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week, we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by The Athletic Deputy managing editor for talent development Marc Carig. The guys talk about Clayton Kershaw getting pulled during a perfect game, Joe Maddon intentionally walking someone with the bases loaded and if the unwritten rules of baseball are actually something that should be followed. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Marc on Twitter: @MarcCarig -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Starkville | Bruce Bochy talks unwritten rules, plus bases loaded intentional walks and more
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Bruce Bochy makes his first trip to Starkville! Jayson and Doug talk to the legendary manager about unwritten rules, old school vs. new school, the current Giants and the great players he managed. Before that, Jayson and Doug share stories of baseball's impact through family and generations. Strange But True focuses on Joe Maddon's unprecedented decision to intentionally walk Corey Seager with the bases loaded. All that and trivia, of course! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Valuing veteran managers, major realignment and much more
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Tim McMaster and Ken Rosenthal open the show talking about Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin and the impact they're already having on the Mets and Padres. Then, in the mailbag... -How drastic could MLB realignment be after expansion? -A potential Yankees-Brewers blockbuster -Penalties for pitch clock violations -Is it time to make 40-man rosters larger? -Tyler Megill's value to the Mets -The Braves World Series rings Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Jackie Robinson Day Special | Doug Glanville and Dave Sims discuss the 75th Anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier
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As Major League Baseball celebrates the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier, Doug Glanville and Mariners play-by-play voice Dave Sims reflect on what Robinson's life and career have meant to them and how important Jackie Robinson Day is now and into the future. Dave has been a trailblazer in his own right, currently the only regular black television play-by-play voice in Major League Baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
The 3-0 Show | History in San Francisco, Extensions for José Ramírez & Ke'Bryan Hayes, Opening Week Observations
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Eno and DVR discuss history made in San Francisco on Tuesday night when Alyssa Nakken served as an on-field coach for the Giants, and the unusual circumstances that occurred in the events that preceded it. Plus, new booths on Friday Night Baseball and Sunday Night Baseball, José Ramírez's extension with Cleveland, Ke'Bryan Hayes' deal with Pittsburgh, other Opening Week observations, and the show's first-even weekly awards for Pitcher of the Week and Hitter of the Week (trophies/prizes to follow). Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
The Roundtable | Cardinals & Yankees Talk with Katie Woo and Lindsey Adler
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week, we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by Athletic Cardinals writer Katie Woo and Athletic Yankees Writer Lindsey Adler to talk about their teams interesting off-seasons, what do fans think of the approaches each team is taking and how a 90 win season is mandatory in the fans eyes from both teams every season. -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Lindsay on Twitter: @lindseyadler -Follow Katie on Twitter: @katiejwoo -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Starkville | Shaped by the USA, Puerto Rico and Cuba - Eduardo Perez talks about his baseball journey
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This week in Starkville, one week of the baseball season is in the books and already so many big moments. Doug was in The Bronx Sunday for Red Sox and Yankees and thinks back to the rivalry he grew up with.   Then Eduardo Perez joins the show to talk about his baseball journey from being Tony's son to a professional player himself to the broadcast booth. Eduardo and Doug tell stories from their time together at ESPN including their trip together to Cuba with Barack Obama and Rachel Robinson for baseball's return to the island. Strange But True examines the torrid start to the career of Steven Kwan and Bob Melvin's decision to pull starters from no-hitters on back to back days. All that, plus trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Benches clearing, potential win-win trades and free agent misses
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The Mets and Phillies got off to great starts entering a head to head matchup in Philadelphia this week. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster get you ready for that series and give some extra detail into Aaron Judge's contract situation. And then they open up the mailbag... -Should there be automatic suspensions for hitting batters in the head? -Does a Shane Bieber for Tyler O'Neil trade make sense for Guardians and Cardinals? -Why can't the Marlins acquire bullpen help? -How did the Yankees miss out on Manaea? -Are the Braves going to have trouble re-signing Dansby Swanson? -Why do teams bat their best hitters second these days? -Should Dave Stieb get Hall of Fame consideration? -With new format is MLB destined to always play in November? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
30 Teams, 30 (Mostly) Pitching Questions w/Nick Pollack of Pitcher List
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DVR is joined by Nick Pollack of Pitcher List to dig into a question about each of the 30 teams including Max Fried's ceiling, their expectations of a Reid Detmers breakout, the Marlins' excellent rotation. Plus, Nick reminisces about serving up an epic homer to a current big-leaguer. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Nick on Twitter: @PitcherList Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
The 3-0 Show | 2022 Season Predictions!
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Opening Day is here! Eno, Britt and DVR share their predictions for the 2022 MLB season and discuss the most improved teams since last season, their picks to win each of the six divisions, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP awards, plus their World Series winners.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
The Roundtable | 2022 MLB Season Hot Takes with Stephen Nesbitt
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Welcome to The Roundtable with Grant Brisbee and Andy McCullough. Each week we will yammer with a guest about the biggest topics/stories in MLB. This week we are joined by Athletic Senior MLB Writer Stephen Nesbitt. The guys each give their hottest take heading into the MLB season and they yammer about it. The Hot Takes are: 1) The Mets main Cy-Young candidate will be Chris Bassett. 2) The Padres will win the NL West. 3) The A's have had a good offseason -Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee -Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough -Follow Stephen on Twitter: @stephenjnesbitt -Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Starkville | Baseball is changing and Theo Epstein returns to make sense of it all
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In what is now officially a tradition, Theo Epstein is throwing out the first pitch in Starkville this season. He continues his mission to make Major League Baseball more entertaining so we’re covering potential rule changes and how they could impact the sport. From the pitch clock, to limiting shifts in the infield AND outfield to moving second base to PitchCom, robot umpires and more. Jayson and Doug also make their predictions sure to go wrong, look back on a 29-8 Spring Training game and of course... trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Trades and signings should go right up to Opening Day, plus predictions and more
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Just a few more sleeps until Opening Day and the transactions continue at a fever pitch across baseball. Ken explains what deals could still get done before the season's first pitch. Tim and Ken also give their predictions for the 2022 season and of course answer your questions... -What rookies could have big Opening Days? -What players could break out and surprise us this season? -Does the Ohtani DH rule work in reverse? -Is there a way to beat Ohtani for MVP considering he pitches and hits? -Are Indians overvaluing young players or just being cheap? -Did Cardinals do enough to contend? -Is there any chance John Fisher would sell the A's? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
DVR & Law | Keith's Arizona Observations & The Spring Roster Shuffle
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DVR and Keith discuss Keith's recent trip to Arizona, where he had a look at Mariners, Cubs and Giants prospects. Plus, they discuss the Reds' decision to push their top pitching prospects into the early-season mix with multiple injuries in the starting rotation, the Phillies' bid to outhit their defense, and a flurry of assignments and options as spring training winds down. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get a subscription to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first six months by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
The 3-0 Show | A Pujols Reunion, Lost in Arizona & Grading Eno's Bold Predictions
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis, the impact of early pitching injuries for the Cards, second base getting moved closer to home plate in the lower levels of the minors, the Nats' flashy City Connect uniforms, the oft-ignored Arizona Diamondbacks on the heels of an extension with Ketel Marte, and grades for a few of Eno's recent Bold Predictions.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Fun storylines, improving the DH and should the Angels trade Trout?
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With Opening Day just ten days away Ken explains how he covers Spring Training and how different this year has been. Then Tim and Ken open up the mailbag... -Why do players attend arbitration hearings? -Ways to "improve" universal DH -Limiting but not banning the shift -Why aren't international players included in the regular MLB Draft? -Would Angels be better off trading Mike Trout? -If Tatis injury occurred on motorcycle, should he forfeit salary? -Ken's fun storylines for 2022? -Why are Reds still tanking? -Will 2026 CBA negotiations be as heated? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Spring Observations & Big Adds for the Twins, Phillies & Red Sox
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss observations from spring training trips to the Florida and Arizona, plus the impact of the big additions made by the Twins (Carlos Correa), Phillies (Nicholas Castellanos & Kyle Schwarber), and Red Sox (Trevor Story) as all three teams made significant strides in their bid to reach the 2022 Postseason.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first six months: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
Starkville | Baseball's March Madness with Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos
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Major League Baseball's lockout has created a different kind of March Madness. The Atlanta Braves have been front and center and GM Alex Anthopoulos returns to Starkville to sum it all up. From Freddie Freeman's departure to Matt Olson's arrival, his emotional news conference and so much more. It's an interview you don't want to miss. Plus, in Strange But True, Jayson and Doug discuss last week's Baker family reunion and Wander Franco's parking mishap.   All that and of course... trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
DVR & Law | Grading the A's & Reds' Trade Returns + The Cubs' Busy Offseason
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DVR and Keith discuss the return the Athletics have received as they've traded away Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Chris Bassitt since the end of the lockout, the Reds' decision to trade away Jesse Winker & Eugenio Suárez, and whether the Cubs have done enough to make a playoff run out of the NL Central.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get a subscription to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first six months by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Offseason Winners (So Far) & Strange Decisions
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the flurry of activity since the start of the new CBA, the most improved teams as the offseason player movement draws close to the end, a curious decision by the Rockies to add Kris Bryant in free agency, and the strange timing of the teardown in Oakland, and changes in Cincinnati. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Blockbuster trades, a free agent frenzy and your questions
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As expected the frenzy of transactions is here as MLB teams look to fill their rosters before Opening Day in less than a month. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss the blockbuster trade that sent Josh Donaldson to the Yankees as well as what may happen with Carlos Correa. Then they open up the mailbag... -Is there a way to enjoy baseball without being the sucker that MLB is relying on to be there after a lockout? -Would getting rid of MLB's antitrust exemption be good for the game? -Ideas on the international draft -Would a dead ball help baseball? -What players should the Pirates build around? -Would it be good PR for MLB to get rid of Rob Manfred? -Does baseball hurt itself by talking so much about its problems? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
EMERGENCY STARKVILLE | The lockout is over, baseball is back
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The podcast we've all been waiting for! The lockout is over and players are on their way to Spring Training to get ready for an April 7th Opening Day across Major League Baseball. Jayson and Doug dive into the new CBA on an emergency episode of Starkville. Now that the lockout is over, will frustrated fans return to the sport? How does Rob Manfred avoid a repeat next time around? What is new with this CBA? Will it help eliminate tanking? What will the expanded playoffs look like? and where will Freddie Freeman land? Let us know how you feel about baseball right now at starkville@theathletic.com and we'll read them on the next episode. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Progress Toward a New CBA, MLBPA's Arizona Training Facility & Apple's Arrival
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss recent progress in the CBA negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA, Britt's trip to the MLBPA training facility in Arizona, how we might see 'spring training games' if the lockout lingers further into March, and Apple's first step into streaming live games.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Related Links Maria Torres & Ken Rosenthal: ‘A failed system’: A corrupt process exploits Dominican baseball prospects. Is an international draft really the answer?': https://theathletic.com/3080470 Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Starkville | Rosenthal returns as Spring Training get underway... sort of
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Spring Training has opened in Arizona and Florida but only for minor leaguers who aren't on 40-man rosters. Jayson is in Florida and he and Doug tell tales of happier Spring Trainings of yesteryear and explain why you never want to be on the back fields. Then, Ken Rosenthal adds to his record setting number of visits to Starkville. This time around he brings news from the negotiating table where MLB and the players continue to make little progress getting baseball back on the field. There's also trivia and a trip to the Doug-out for Astronomy and Spring dinners between teammates! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
DVR & Law | A Strange Spring, Opportunities & Inevitable Postseason Expansion
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DVR and Keith discuss college baseball as an alternative for fans missing spring training, a trio of Top 100 prospects likely to contribute in 2022, and ways to make inevitably expanding playoff fields less terrible. Plus, would the league be any less competitive than it is today if the competitive balance tax were removed completely? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get a subscription to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first six months by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
The 3-0 Show | No Deal, Baseball Love & Banana Ball!
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the current state of the MLB owner-imposed lockout, the origins of their love of baseball, and other sources of baseball to consider -- including a relatively new twist on the game with invention of 'Banana Ball'.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Related Links SportsCenter Feature 'How the Savannah Bananas have become the greatest show in baseball': https://youtu.be/T5RkB7_qNh8 The Savannah Bananas 'Banana Ball: The Future of the Bananas': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A03_WbiSVU Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Deadline Day for MLB and players
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Monday is the final day for MLB and the players to reach a new CBA to avoid missed regular season games according to Rob Manfred. But how strict is that deadline really. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss that before answering your questions in the mailbag... -Why is Tony Clark still in charge of Union after failures with last CBA? -How would an owner convince a fan that their side is fair? -How much power does Scott Boras have in these negotiations? -Could players start their own league as leverage? -Could National League DH lead to return of Rizzo or Scwarber to Cubs? -Is the automated strike zone a made up problem? -Manager contracts -How much animosity is there between big market and small market owners? -Why didn't they get a new CBA done during 2020 shutdown? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Looking 30 Years Into Baseball's Future
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss the many ways that baseball will change over the next 30 years, from automated strike zones to expansion, to finding ways to increase the number of balls in play, how different will the game look in 2052? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Related Links Grant Brisbee 'What Major League Baseball will be like in 2052': https://theathletic.com/3136290 James Fegan 'The death of pitch framing? A potential automated strike zone looms over the future of catching': https://theathletic.com/3134661 Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Starkville | Brett Phillips reminds us that baseball is fun + creating an MLB skills competition
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Who cares about the lockout when Brett Phillips is visiting Starkville to remind us all how much fun baseball is! He talks about how he's staying in shape (working out with local high school teams!) and reflects on his World Series walk-off hit, facing the Blue Jays as a pitcher and much more. Plus Jayson and Doug do talk about the lockout and the progress that has been made. They brainstorm events for an MLB skills competition and try to stay hot in listener trivia. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Brett Phillips on Twitter: @Brett_Phillips8 Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get six months of The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
DVR & Law | Top Ranked Systems & 2022 ETAs
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DVR and Keith discuss a few of Keith's top-ranked farm systems -- including the Dodgers, D-backs and Pirates -- and their prospects most likely to make an impact at some point in 2022.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Get a subscription to The Athletic at $1/mo for the first six months by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
The 3-0 Show | Extended 'Offseason Training' & Minor Leaguers In Limbo
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss what players are doing on their own in the absence of spring training, the increasingly difficult path to necessary offseason training facilities for minor-league players, and the seemingly limited paths to a better professional baseball landscape.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Related Links Britt, on the financial toll minor-league baseball takes on its players:  https://theathletic.com/3130271 Eno & Britt, on the minor-league players caught in limbo unable to sign contracts during the lockout: https://theathletic.com/3132562 Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/mo for Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | No reason to believe season will start on time
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Ken and Tim start the show by discussing why it's looking more and more like regular season games will be lost to the MLB lockout. Then they open up the mailbag... -Is baseball considering how to promote the game to kids in these negotiations? -Will the minor league seasons go on despite the lockout? -Can players play in independent leagues or overseas if lockout continues? -How can we best evaluate General Managers? -Will a bigger competitive balance tax lead to a decrease in parity? -Is MLB umpiring good or bad? -Would MLB adapt a schedule where all teams play each other every year? -What types of hotels do teams stay in on the road? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Ken's story on A.J. Preller: https://theathletic.com/2858560/2021/10/01/inside-the-padres-collapse-manager-gm-under-scrutiny-after-club-crumbles-down-the-stretch/ Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
The 3-0 Show | MLB Mega-Mock Draft, the Role of Owners, and the 2022 Baseballs
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Eno, Britt and DVR discuss The Athletic's recent MLB Mega-Mock Draft, in which 30 participants had to build a franchise through a seven-round draft, before wondering what the role of modern owners should realistically be, and answering mailbag questions about realignment and schedule changes, which baseballs will be used in 2022, and the impact of humidors in the nine parks where they're currently in use.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Related Links The Athletic's MegaDraft Results & Recap: https://theathletic.com/3099160 Baseball's Most Valuable Teams 2021 (Forbes, Mike Ozanian): https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2021/03/26/baseballs-most-valuable-teams-new-york-yankees-on-top-at-525-billion/ Estimated Local TV Revenue for MLB Teams (FanGraphs, Craig Edwards): https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-update-the-estimated-local-tv-revenue-for-mlb-teams/ Subscribe to The Athletic at 33% off for the first year: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Starkville | Royals All-Star Whit Merrifield on the lockout, the art of stealing and his long road to the Majors
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The start of Spring Training is about a week away but the owners and players remain far apart in their negotiations. Royals' All-Star Whit Merrifield visits Starkville with the players perspective on what has gone wrong and what needs to be figured out. He also tells the story of his journey to the Major Leagues, what makes him a great base stealer and much more. Jayson and Doug also discuss Groundhog Day, fix the tanking problem and discuss what baseball needs to do to match the NFL's playoff drama. All that plus trivia with Padres' broadcaster Jesse Agler! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Whit on Twitter: @WhitMerrifield Follow Jesse Agler on Twitter: @jesseagler Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
DVR & Law | Keith's 2022 Top 100 Prospects
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DVR and Keith discuss Keith's recently-released Top 100 Prospects List, focusing on the state of the rebuild in Baltimore, the Royals' path to a playoff berth with the impending arrival of Bobby Witt Jr., MJ Melendez and Nick Pratto, Seattle's continued ascent in the AL West with four current top-50 prospects, and several MLB-ready players from the list including the Cards' Nolan Gorman, the Angels' Reid Detmers, and the Rays' Vidal Bruján.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: NL East Edition
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Britt, Eno & DVR take a team-by-team look at the five clubs in the NL East in an attempt to sort out what the rest of the offseason will look like once the lockout is over.  Is Freddie Freeman destined to return to Atlanta? What else should the defending World Series Champions prioritize as they prepare for 2022? The Mets have already made a ton of moves to improve this winter, what other changes are in store? Can the Phillies find outfield and bullpen help and keep pace with the frontrunners in this division? Will the Nats make a handful of small moves to bolster their big-league roster once they're able to do so, or is longer rebuild unfolding? And, could the Marlins be positioned to increase their payroll and complement their young pitching in the wake of a new TV deal last year? Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | One step forward, two steps back for labor negotiations
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Yes, the owners and players made some progress in their negotiations a week ago, but the movement was minor and the sides are still far apart on almost every major talking point. Ken Rosenthal digs into that problem before opening up this week's mailbag to answer these questions from our listeners... -When will a decision be made regarding cancelling games? -Are teams currently talking trades that will be finished after lockout? -Where will Seiya Suzuki sign? -Would extra arbitration year lead to more non-tenders? -Will Bob Nutting sell the Pirates? -How does baseball get action back into the game? -Fixing MLB's blackout problem? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Starkville | Legendary David Ortiz stories with Peter Gammons
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David Ortiz is headed to Cooperstown and who better to share great Big Papi stories than the great Peter Gammons. From a HR derby in Appleton, WI to his ejection at Fenway Park as a Twin, to all of his postseason heroics. Jayson and Doug also cover the controversy of this year's Hall of Fame vote, Doug shares his own Ortiz stories and of course we have trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Peter Gammons on Twitter: @pgammo Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: AL East Edition
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DVR, Britt & Eno take a team-by-team look at the five clubs in the AL East in an attempt to sort out what the rest of the offseason will look like once the lockout is over.  Do the Rays have another move -- possibly a trade -- on the horizon to open up more playing time for their next wave of young talent? Will the Red Sox pursue a more impactful free agent if the Competitive Balance Tax threshold is significantly increased? Are the Yankees a lock to find an upgrade a shortstop? Can the Jays find one more big piece to upgrade their infield via trade or free agency? And, as the slow rebuild continues in Baltimore, will the Orioles allow their MLB-ready prospects to maximize their development time with the big club this season? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame Special | Part 3: Reaction to the vote withJay Jaffe, Jayson Stark, Britt Ghiroli and Dan Connolly
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In part 3 of Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame special, the results are in and Ken reacts to the election of David Ortiz to the Hall of Fame with help from FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe, and The Athletics' Jayson Stark, Britt Ghiroli and Dan Connolly. Check out all three parts of Ken's Hall of Fame special right here on The Athletic Baseball Show. You can watch the full stream here: https://youtu.be/KF8ZIo4Ia-U Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame Special | Part 2: Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Palmer, Jim Kaat and Eduardo Perez
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In part 2 of Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame special, Ken is joined by Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Junior, Jim Kaat and Jim Palmer, along with Eduardo Perez, the son of a Hall of Famer and current ESPN baseball analyst. Kaat discusses his election being well worth the wait. Palmer talks about Hall of Famers then and now. Perez has great insight into the steroid era and remembers his father getting the call. Griffey talks about David Ortiz all the way back to his Mariners days and much more. Check out all three parts of Ken's Hall of Fame special right here on The Athletic Baseball Show. You can watch the full stream here: https://youtu.be/KF8ZIo4Ia-U Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame Special | Part 1: Jimmy Rollins, Dustin Pedroia, Claire Smith and Braden Halladay
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In part 1 of Ken Rosenthal's Hall of Fame special, Ken is joined by legendary baseball writer Claire Smith, former Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, former Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and the son of Hall of Famer Roy Halladay, Braden Halladay. Smith explains her ballot and why she voted for 8 players including Andy Pettitte and Sammy Sosa. Rollins gets into his feelings being on the ballot for the first time. Pedroia weighs in on former teammates David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Curt Schilling and Braden Halladay shares stories of his father Roy who died in a plane crash in 2017. Check out all three parts of the Hall of Fame Special right here on The Athletic Baseball Show. You can watch the full stream here: https://youtu.be/KF8ZIo4Ia-U Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: NL Central Edition
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DVR is joined by Will Sammon, Katie Woo, Rob Biertempfel, Sahadev Sharma and C. Trent Rosecrans to fast forward through the lockout and attempt to finish the offseason adjustments for each team in the NL Central.  The Brewers quickly found a replacement for Avísail García by trading for Hunter Renfroe. Are more trades on the horizon for David Stearns once transactions can resume? The Cardinals added much needed rotation depth with Steven Matz, but is another arm a priority before the offseason is over? The Pirates still appear destined for a basement finish in the division, but can a few young starters emerge with a wide-open depth chart in Pittsburgh? Does the Cubs’ surprising addition of Marcus Stroman point to more signings via free agency? And will the Reds be able to leverage depth in their starting rotation to quietly make a run toward the playoffs in 2022? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Will on Twitter: @WillSammon Follow Katie on Twitter: @KatieJWoo Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobBiertempfel Follow Sahadev on Twitter: @SahadevSharma Follow Trent on Twitter: @ctrent Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Answering your latest lockout questions and much more
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What do you do when news about your career breaks while you're in the middle of recording a podcast? Ken explains what he did before opening up a mailbag filled with lockout and non-lockout questions: -How do GM's and front offices deal with the lockout? -Why hasn't expansion been included in lockout discussions? -Playoff expansion -What should we expect when the lockout ends? -Are baseball TV ratings up or down? -Could MLB move on from Manfred? -Baseball book suggestions Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Starkville | Charlie Manuel, Phillies legendary manager, chats Rollins, Howard, Utley HOF resumes
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The great Charlie Manuel joins Jayson and Doug on Starkville! Charlie reminisces about his tenure as manager in Philadelphia and breaks down the Hall of Fame case for Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley. What makes each Phillies great a HOF candidate? Of the three, who will actually get in? Plus, a HOF pitching listener trivia question and an injury-riddled Strange But True to start 2022! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Charlie on Twitter: @CMBaseball41 Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: AL Central Edition
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DVR is joined by Keith Law to fast forward through the lockout and attempt to finish the offseason adjustments for each team in the AL Central. The White Sox are positioned as favorite to repeat as AL Central Champions -- will they make any additional upgrades before Opening Day? Can the Guardians return to the postseason if their rotation stays healthy? Are the Twins primed for a big rebound despite questions about their pitching? What else could the Royals add to supplement a wave of young talent set to arrive in 2022? And will more free-agent spending following the additions of Javier Báez and Eduardo Rodriguez in Detroit? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
Ken's Mailbag | Would MLB have been better off not locking out players?
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As the MLB lockout enters month number two, Tim McMaster and Ken Rosenthal answer your questions about the work stoppage and much more: -Would Carlos Correa accept less than ten years to join Cubs? -After finalization of his divorce, has Omar Vizquel's HOF chances improved? -What would the loss of the antitrust exemption mean for MLB? -In cases like Marcel Ozuna, why does MLB do their own investigation and not leave it to the authorities? -Will Trevor Bauer count towards the Dodgers luxury tax threshold? -Ken's top "bigger than baseball" moments? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: NL West Edition
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DVR is joined by Keith Law to fast forward through the lockout and attempt to finish the offseason adjustments for each team in the NL West. Despite a few significant losses in free agency, the Dodgers still project as the best team in baseball? If they make an addition or two, where are they most likely to seek upgrades? As the Giants bring the band back together for 2022, will they find an impact bat or two to bolster their lineup? The Padres have young talent on the way, but could their biggest offseason additions actually come from changes to the coaching staff? It's going to be a long road back to the postseason in Colorado, but how should the Rockies proceed once player movement resume? And could the D-backs have a surprising bounce back from a disappointing 2021 on the strength of a significant wave of young talent? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
Minor league baseball: Evan Drellich and attorney's discuss minor league baseball and the merited issues connection to it
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Dec 22, 2021
Starkville | Tim Kurkjian chats HOF honor & 2021's best baseball moments
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As the curtain closes on 2021, Jayson and Doug reflect on the year's biggest baseball moments. The guys welcome BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Tim Kurkjian to Starkville to discuss his immortalization in Cooperstown. Tim shares which grocery store's self-checkout lane he was in when he received his HOF phone call. Tim reminisces with Jayson and Doug about his favorite baseball moments, his career and working alongside Jayson, and why he thinks baseball's charm is indelible. Plus, an NL/AL strikeout trivia question as well as a best of 2021 Strange But True wraps up 2021 in Starkville. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Tim on Twitter: @Kurkjian_ESPN Trivia courtesy: @zackfarb Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Baseball Barista | Pro Softball Player AJ Andrews talks about being the 1st women to win a Rawlings Gold Glove & how to expand and grow the sport
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are joined by Professional Softball Player & On Camera Host AJ Andrews to talk about her time in softball, her Olympic dreams and how to expand the growth of women's softball. AJ was the 1st women to win a Rawlings Gold Glove and she talks about how experience was. She talks about the differences in softball and baseball and how approaches at the plate are much different. She talks about how women's softball can grow like the WNBA and how hopefully MLB will jump aboard to make that happen. She talks about how she is training to get on the Olympic Skeleton team and how it is such a crazy sport to learn and train for. She talks about what things can be taken from other sports to improve and make baseball/softball more fun. And she breaks down how hard it is to hit a Rise Ball in softball. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Follow AJ on Twitter: @aj_andrews_ Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
MLB service time: Evan Drellich host a roundtable discussion on service time manipulation
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Just how long should players wait until they're called up? Why teams say they have baseball reasons for not bringing a player up. The risks in delaying calling up a top prospect. How teams can potentially be losing a couple weeks of play from an impact player. Evan along with Athletic baseball beat writers Patrick Mooney, Dennis Lin and Corey Brock chat about notable examples in recent years of service time manipulation. Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Patrick on Twitter: @PJ_Mooney  Follow Dennis on Twitter: @dennistlin Follow Corey on Twitter: @CoreyBrockMLB Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseball show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | "Does the commissioner think fans are stupid?" and other questions from frustrated fans
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As the MLB lockout approaches the two week mark with no movement on either side, Ken compares the impasse to the Oslo Accords. Frustrated fans weigh in with some great questions on this week's mailbag! -Does Rob Manfred think fans are stupid? -How can MLB recreate the recent free agent frenzy every year? -Has there ever been a first time GM to inherit a better situation than Chris Young in Texas? -Comparing this lockout to the 1994 players strike -Fans offer up their own proposals Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Fast Forwarding Through the Lockout: AL West Edition
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DVR is joined by Eno Sarris to fast forward through the lockout and attempt to finish the offseason adjustments for each team in the AL West. Following big spending early with the addition of Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jon Gray, will the Rangers add more veteran pitching to the mix? If the Astros don’t bring back Carlos Correa, is Trevor Story their preferred fallback option, or could they opt to give Jeremy Peña an opportunity to take over the starting job. How bright is the immediate future in Seattle, and is Kris Bryant a perfect fit for a Mariners seeking another impact bat? With health, can the Angels quickly revert to contender status in the division? And how will the A’s proceed with a poorly-ranked minor-league system and a core with several intriguing players to deal away including Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
Lockout update: McCullough grills Drellich from a fan perspective and a lesson in labor relations law
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One week into the lockout and both sides are quiet. In this week's labor of love, Andy McCullough turns the tables on Evan and grills him about MLB's lockout from a fan perspective. Then Evan catches up with Brooklyn Law School professor David Leach, a former Regional Director on the National Labor Relations Board to get in to the nuts and bolts of how labor relations work. Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Ken on Twitter: @ByMcCullough Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Atheletic at theathletic.com/baseball show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Starkville | Six new Hall of Famers and Andrew Miller gives player perspective on lockout
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Jayson and Doug discuss what the committees got right in electing six new Hall of Famers and also what they got wrong and leaving Dick Allen out. Then Andrew Miller joins the show to bring the players perspective on the lockout and labor negotiations between the owners and players. Doug and Jayson share their own stories from their own experiences with past negotiations and of course we have trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Randy on Twitter: @adamkane17 Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
The Lockout Begins: Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal weigh in on the negotiations and explain what comes next
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The lockout has begun. Just after midnight on Thursday morning Major League Baseball officially locked out the players causing the first work stoppage in the sport in 26 years. Evan Drellich lays out the arguments on both sides as we hear from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, MLBPA president Tony Clark and the players chief negotiator Bruce Meyer. After laying out the facts, Evan and Ken Rosenthal share their opinions and speculate where we go from here. Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Ken on Twitter: @ken_rosenthal Save 33% on an annual subscription to The Atheletic at theathletic.com/baseball show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Baseball Barista | Reviewing the MLB Awards & Hunter's tales from the Winter Leagues
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are back and ready to breakdown the winners of the MLB Awards and Hunter talks about his time down in the Winter Leagues. The guys break down the NL MVP and who they think should have won. They talk about if the MVP award should come from a player on a winning team or not. They talk about the amazing season that Ohtani had and if they think he can keep this going. They discuss if WAR is a good stat to use in giving out awards. They debate the NL Cy Young and if number of innings pitched should be a bigger part of the voting. Hunter talks about the time he was in the Winter leagues and how exciting it was and how much they loved baseball down there. And they talk about what things in Winter Leagues that could be brought to MLB to make things more exciting. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Explaining MLB's free agent frenzy days before the lockout
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Less than 72 hours until a likely lockout and MLB is in the midst of a spending spree! Byron Buxton, Marcus Semien, Kevin Gausman and more are cashing in. Ken explains why teams are emptying their wallets despite the uncertainty around the next CBA. Then in the mailbag... -After signing Steven Matz, could Cardinals still go big on more pitching? -Is Danny Salazar attempting a comeback? -Who's more likely to leave their long-time homes, Freddie Freeman or Clayton Kershaw? -Will the Yankees spend before the lockout -When will Cubs make a splash again? -Would MLB be better off with an economic system closer to the NFL's? -What if teams were forced to lower ticket prices if they don't spend enough? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $1 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Big Spenders?: How baseball's richest teams, the Yankees, Mets and Dodgers, view spending and the CBT
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The Competitive Balance Tax has changed the way big market teams approach spending in baseball. This week Evan dives into how that will impact this winter's labor negotiations with the help of Yankees reporter Lindsey Adler, Mets reporter Tim Britton and Andy McCullough who used to cover the Dodgers. Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Lindsey on Twitter: @lindseyadler Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimBritt on Follow Andy on Twitter: @ByMcCullough Get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseball show. It's the best deal of the year! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Starkville | Bob Costas returns to talk Hall of Fame, lockout and the best interview of his career
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Bob Costas is back for a record third visit to Starkville! With baseball headed towards a lockout, he talks about how the two sides can come together and what the sport needs to come out of these negotiations. He also discusses this year's Hall of Fame ballot and shares the best interview of his career. Jayson and Doug also react to awards week and with the recent news that teams will cover minor league housing, Doug shares stories of his minor league days from the Doug-out. All that plus trivia with Randy Karraker. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Randy on Twitter: @RandyKarraker Get an annual subscription to The Athletic for just $1 per month between now and November 29th at midnight by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Baseball Barista | Offseason Training Programs, Buster Posey Retires & Free Agent Player Rankings
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee is back and is going to talk about some of the things going on in the offseason so far. Hunter talks about how he would start preparing for the season once it hit the offseason. He talks about his training programs, how long he would relax before starting back up and is the saying "best shape of my life" actually a real thing. The guys talk about Giants C Buster Posey retiring and if Hunter found it surprising or shocking that he is hanging up the spikes while he is on top. The guys break down some of the free agent player rankings heading into free agency. They talk about some of the top young arms, some of the hall of fame type pitchers and some of the best infield options. And they give their pick of what team they think will make the biggest offseason splash. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
Tanking | Can it still work and how will it factor into the next CBA?
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The Cubs and Astros famously used tanking to build World Series champions. Other teams have tried to tank with less success. Evan Drellich is joined by Cubs reporter Sahadev Sharma, Astros reporter Jake Kaplan and Orioles reporter Dan Connolly to discuss why it worked in Houston and Chicago, why it may not work in Baltimore and why it's a big issue in the current CBA negotiations.   Before the roundtable, Eno Sarris joins the show to explain WAR and why it's not a great replacement tool for arbitration. Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Sahadev on Twitter: @sahadevsharma Follow Jake on Twitter: @jakemkaplan Follow Dan on Twitter: @danconnolly2016 Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseball show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Posey's HOF case, hot stove predictions and how long will the lockout last?
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As the countdown to the impending lockout ticks down, Ken weighs in on the Tigers early move to sign Eduardo Rodriguez. He also discusses his recent column on baseball's lack of front office diversity. Then it's on to the mailbag: -Is Buster Posey a Hall of Famer? -Will the Twins trade Buxton? -Will the Guardians re-sign Jose Ramirez? -Should the Cardinals target pitching? -Could this lockout result in a longer CBA? -Is there any good news from the negotiations? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
DVR & Law | The Mets' Woeful GM Search, Qualifying Offers, and Potential Bargain Bats in Free Agency
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DVR and Keith discuss the Mets' deeply flawed search for new General Manager, Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard both being on the receiving end of Qualifying Offers, expectations for Jon Gray if he leaves Colorado, Andrew Heaney's quick signing with the Dodgers, and a few potential bargain bats available in free agency this winter.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Countdown to a lockout | Drellich & Rosenthal set the table for this winter's MLB labor talks
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With a MLB lockout looming on December first, The Athletic’s Senior Writer Evan Drellich dives into the mess. In the first episode of this weekly offseason podcast, Evan is joined by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal to set the stage for the CBA negotiations. -Will moves be made before 12/1? -Why so quiet? -Tension as high as 1994 -Will the sides come together for the greater good? -It’s not just players vs owners QW -Predictions Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Save 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseball show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Starkville | Chipper Jones on Acuña Jr's knee, Freeman's contract and what the World Series means to Atlanta
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Chipper Jones takes some time off from hunting to visit Starkville and he has plenty to talk about. He explains what the World Series title means to Atlanta and how Braves legends are connected through the years. He also tells the story of his first time seeing Ronald Acuña Jr. hit, shares his thoughts on Freddie Freeman's free agency, explains what the heck happened on that dropped foul ball and more. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Howard Goldberg on Twitter: @hsg516 Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
DVR & Law | Digging Into Keith's Free Agent Rankings
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DVR and Keith discuss Buster Posey's decision to call it a career, his case for Cooperstown, and the Giants' next steps behind the plate, before digging into Keith's recently released Top Free Agent Rankings. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
Baseball Barista | How everything fell into place for the Braves to win the World Series
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee are here to break down the Atlanta Braves winning the World Series for the first time since 1995. Braves take down the Astros in 6 games to win it all. It was a crazy up and down ride for the Braves with a slow start, injuries and everything else involved. They guys think this Braves team reminded them both a lot of the misfit Giants team that won the World Series. Hunter thinks if things were different, the Braves should've won it last season. The Trade Deadline was huge for the Braves to rebuild their outfield after start Ronald Acuna Jr got hurt. The guys think the unsung hero of the Braves World Series championship is their bullpen. Freddie Freeman has been a great leader for the Braves and the guys talk about if they think Atlanta will resign him this offseason. And Hunter talks about the amazing feeling of winning a World Series Championship and how crazy the parades were that he was apart of with the Giants in San Francisco. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2021
The Atlanta Braves Win Their First World Series Since 1995
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Andy McCullough is joined by Evan Drellich to discuss how the Braves record seemed so distant from how good they actually were. A look at the many strengths of the Braves. Braves had a lineup that didn't quit. What's next for the Houston Astros? What drives front offices to take risks? And when should we stop talking about what happened with the Astros in 2017? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2021
Starkville | No Sleep Til Houston (at least) with Braves legend Dale Murphy
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Sleep deprivation month continues for Jayson and Doug as Braves legend Dale Murphy visits Starkville. They set the stage for Game 6 of the World Series, reflect on Hank Aaron's impact on Dale and much more. Plus, the guys take a shot at a nearly impossible trivia question and Austin Riley is the focus of this week's Strange But True.  Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Kevin Brown on Twitter: @kbremote Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Is pulling a starter from a no-hitter in the World Series good for baseball?
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As the World Series shifts back to Houston, Ken explains his recent column about Ian Anderson being pulled with a no-hitter in tact in Game 3. Also...  -Will the Red Sox' ability to spend money this winter be impacted by Liverpool Football Club obligations? -Should the Cardinals have looked outside the organization before making their new manager hire? -Why did the Athletics allow Bob Melvin to take the Padres manager job? -Will the Rays play games in Montreal next year? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
DVR & Law | The Curious Case of Charlie Morton & Goodbye to the 2021 Red Sox & Dodgers
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DVR and Keith discuss the unusual development path for Charlie Morton and a pair of potential late-bloomers available via free agency this winter before saying goodbye to the 2021 Red Sox and Dodgers.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2021
Baseball Barista | MLB Network Analyst Sean Casey talks World Series, pitching & defense wins Championships and off days in the Playoffs are huge
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of World Series talk. MLB Network Analyst & former major leaguer "The Mayor" Sean Casey joins the guys. They break down Game 1 of the World Series and how the injury to Charlie Morton is a big problem for Atlanta. They talk about how the 2 teams are very evenly matched and however has the best pitching and plays the best defense should win. They talk about the importance of off days in the Playoffs and World Series compared to the grind of the regular season. They break down in bulletin board things said or done by players/teams really get to the opponent. And they give their World Series predictions with the Braves already up 1-0 in the series. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Follow Sean on Twitter: @TheMayorsOffice Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
World Series Game 1 Goes To The Atlanta Braves
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Andy McCullough is joined by our Houston Astros beat writer Jake Kaplan to recap Game 1 of the World Series. The Braves lose a valuable part of their rotation with pitcher Charlie Morton out with a broken leg. Astros pitcher Framber Valdez struggled on the mound. How will the Astros pitching match up be going forward? The Braves do not play like an eighty-eight win team. And a preview of Game 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2021
Starkville | Dusty Baker and Alex Anthopoulos get us ready for Game 1
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Jayson and Doug are getting you ready for Game 1 of the World Series with a trip down memory lane. Astros skipper Dusty Baker and Braves President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos are both friends of Starkville. This week we look back on their visits to the show for some insight into how the Astros and Braves reached the Fall Classic. Plus Dusty Baker themed trivia and a Strange But True with laden with MVPs. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | World Series storylines, Corey Seager's potential destination and more
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Ken sets up the most interesting storylines between the Braves and Astros heading into this week's Fall Classic. Dusty Baker, Brian Snitker, Yordan Alvarez, Eddie Rosario and the Astros cheating past. In the mailbag... -Will the Yankees sign Corey Seager? -How to get better umpires working postseason. -Scrutinizing the Rockies for not looking outside org for GM. -Is the shortened 2020 season responsible for the lack of starting pitching length? -Why aren't all playoff games on broadcast TV? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
DVR & Law | Playoff Takeaways, Changes in St. Louis & San Francisco, AFL Observations
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DVR and Keith discuss a few potential lessons learned in the 2021 Postseason, changes in St. Louis in the wake of Mike Shildt's firing, the Giants' path to run it back to the playoffs in 2022, and more observations from Keith's week spent in Arizona at the Fall League. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2021
Baseball Barista | Walk-Off Winners, Kike is on fire & Braves Outfield Production
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee is back with some more hot takes from the MLB Playoffs. Giants-Dodgers Game 5 was an epic way to end a great series. The guys talk about how it shouldn't have ended the way it did with a check swing. They talk about how that game might have taken a toll on the Dodgers in their series vs the Braves. The Braves went up 2-0 in the series with 2 walk-off hits. Hunter talks about how it feels from both sides of the winning and losing team to comeback the next game from a walk-off win/loss. Kike Hernandez has been on fire this postseason for the Red Sox. Hunter breaks down his swing and why he is so on fire. They also talk about the maturation of Logan Webb in the second half of the season. And they talk about how the Braves have done an amazing job to build up their outfield after Ronald Acuna went down. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2021
The NLCS: Dodgers vs. Braves Just Got Interesting
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Andy McCullough is joined by Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya and Braves beat writer David O'Brien to discuss the Dodgers dramatic comeback victory in the NLCS Game 3. The Braves plan to go with a bullpen game in Game 4 and how they haven't had many bullpen games this season. A look at the Dodgers knack for finding random late bursts in a game. And how the Braves lineup is a lot better than people realize.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
Starkville | Brian Anderson on blown NLDS check swing, NLCS insight & his path to the booth
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Starkvillians are known for their perseverance! Doug embodies our modus operandi as he navigates a crazy last seven days of baseball with Jayson from the shoulder of a Connecticut highway whose traffic is stagnant because of a jackknifing trailer. No matter the obstacle, Starkville persists! Speaking of persists, the dissent stemming from last out of game five from the Dodgers-Giants NLDS still persists. Why was Wilmer Flores called out on that check-swing call?! It shouldn't have happened! Jayson and Doug discuss ways MLB can handle a situation like this better. The voice of October baseball on TBS Brian Anderson provides his thoughts on the check swing, which he reacted to live from the broadcast booth. Jayson and Brian also kibbitz about the Dodgers-Braves NLCS as well as Brian's road to broadcasting on the national stage. A World Series MVP trivia question proceeds a pitcher-batting-in-the-postseason Strange But True! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Brian on Twitter: @BAndersonPxP Trivia courtesy: @donaldc58 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Where did all the starters go?
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Ken checks in this week from Boston where he, along with the Red Sox and Astros are getting ready for Monday night's Game 3 of the ALCS. A series that may be suffering a serious lack of starting pitching. That's where the podcast begins and then it's on to your questions in the mailbag... -Why did MLB assign umpires with low ball-strike accuracy to the Dodgers-Giants series? -Will the Dodgers-Giants series be the catalyst for MLB to change its playoff seeding system? -Will MLB return to Europe in the near future? -Why don't the Braves get any respect? -What would compensation from the Mets for David Stern look like if he was to make the move? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Derek on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
DVR & Law | Goodbye to the Rays, Brewers & White Sox; Hello, Arizona Fall League
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DVR and Keith discuss the next steps for the recently eliminated Rays, Brewers and White Sox as all three teams looked to return to the postseason in 2022. Plus, Keith shares his observations from the first day of Arizona Fall League action. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Baseball Barista | 3-Time WS Champion Jeremy Affeldt talks playoff intensity, Giants-Dodgers Game 5 & who will win the ALCS
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of playoff baseball takes ready for you. They are joined by 3-time World Series Champion reliever Jeremy Affeldt. They give their thoughts on Giants-Dodgers Game 5 for all the marbles and how the bullpens will be a big key. Oracle Park will be jumping just like it was when the Giants won their World Series titles in 2010,2012 and 2014. Jeremy talks about how different playoff intensity is then in a regular season game and how you have to always be ready in a playoff game cause anything can happen. Jeremy talks about how baseball brawls are really just dumb and not really a fight at all. He tells a great story about a brawl with the Phillies and an altercation he had with Chase Utley. Grant and Jeremy talk about about freak injuries that happened involving baseball and how Jeremy just seemed to have them happen to him. And the guys discuss the ALCS and who they will think will represent the AL in the World Series- Boston Red Sox or the Houston Astros. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Follow Jeremy on Twitter: @JeremyAffeldt Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2021
ALCS Preview: Astros v. Red Sox
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Andy McCullough is joined by Boston Red Sox writers Chad Jennings and Jen McCaffrey to discuss how the Red Sox have been able to weather the storm throughout the season. How they maximized their players to be in a position to contend. The decision to bring back manager Alex Cora. How the Astros and Red Sox matchup. And is the trade of Mookie Betts still painful for Red Sox fans? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2021
Starkville | Evan Drellich explains why Astros' stigma still haunts them & Playoff Chaos!
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PLAYOFF BASEBALL CHAOS! Jayson and Doug from Starkville's Playoff Baseball Chamber of Madness react to all the "ground rule" mishaps, the Garcia cloning methods, and the running lane controversies! The Athletic's Evan Drellich, and soon-to-be author of a book about the 2017 Houston Astros, is on deck to explain why the Astros' stigma remains pervasive in baseball. Was Ryan Tampera justified in hinting at Houston doing "some shady stuff"? Will the Astros Scarlet Letter ever fade? A home run of a trivia segment is followed by a playoff edition of Strange But True! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Evan on Twitter: @EvanDrellich Trivia courtesy: @akivamyson Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Experienced managers, the Cardinals quick exit and the Rays reuniting with Rasmussen
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Ken starts the show with the background behind Drew Rasmussen's return to the Rays before his ALDS Game 3 start. Then it's on to your questions... -Why doesn't MLB use more tie breakers when deciding playoff teams? -Will Nolan Arenado ever hit in the postseason and will the Cardinals be back next year? -Will Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker's success lead to more experienced managers like Buck Showalter returning to the game? -A Premier League fan from the UK questions why baseball doesn't do away with Interleague play? -Is starting all games on the final day of the season too much at once? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Derek on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
DVR & Law | LDS Matchups, Bronx Changes & Fall League Rosters
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DVR and Keith discuss the four LDS matchups including a few changes to the Rays' roster compared to their 2020 World Series run, a likely great matchup between the Astros and White Sox (despite Houston's dominance in the series opener), potential changes in the Bronx in the wake of this year's early exit from the playoffs, and excitement about the players included on the Arizona Fall League rosters.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2021
Baseball Barista | 4-time WS Champion Javier Lopez talks about the 2021 Giants, playoff pressure & their World Series picks
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to bring you a fresh cup of playoff baseball takes. 4-Time World Series champion pitcher Javier Lopez joins the guys to talk about the 2021 Giants team, playoff pressure and they give their World Series picks. The Giants pitching has really impressed Javier this season. He thinks that having to grind all season to keep the Dodgers behind them will help the Giants in the postseason. He talks about getting traded into pressure situations and how things are much different in the playoffs. The bullpen was so key to the Giants winning 3 World Series titles in 2010,2012 and 2014. And the guys gives their playoff picks and who they think will be the World Series match-up and World Series Champion. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
NL Wild Card Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. LA Dodgers
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Senior baseball writer Andy McCullough is joined by Cardinals beat writer Katie Woo and Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya to discuss the 2021 NL Wild Card. The difference that led to the Cardinals offensive emergence. How insane it is that Dodgers win 106 games only to land them in the wild card. The confidence the Dodgers have in Max Scherzer. How much rope will manager Mike Shildt give Adam Wainwright? And how this might be the most notable head to head pitching matchups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2021
Starkville | Gabe Kapler on Giants' remarkable season, veterans' renaissance & our ode to Ohtani
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There's PLAYOFF BASEBALL in Starkville! Jayson and Doug discuss the tie-breakers that could have been, the Dodgers' "meager" 106-win season, and if the MLB's playoff format should reward teams like LA for their regular season performance. Plus, our World Series predictions! The guys then welcome in the manager of Major League Baseball's winningest club, Gabe Kapler of the San Francisco Giants! Kapler entails his team's propitious run to the postseason; the club's veterans experiencing near-career years all at once; what lessons he was able to extrapolate as the Phillies manager, and more! Plus, trivia and Strange But True that's dedicated to Shohei Ohtani! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Gabe on Twitter: @gabekapler Trivia courtesy: @ThomasMRobson Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2021
Ken’s Mailbag | A Fantastic Finish
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Ken and DVR discuss the fantastic final weekend of the 2021 regular season, two loaded Wild Card matchups on tap for this week, and several mailbag questions including a possible change to playoff seeding in the future, concerns about expansion depleting the talent pool, how to account for defensive value in MVP voting, and much more.  Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
DVR & Law | An appreciation of 2021 risers
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DVR and Keith discuss several players who have taken big steps forward in 2022, including the of Nathan Eovaldi and Robbie Ray, concerns about the long-term health of Carlos Rodón, Freddy Peralta’s great season behind two other Cy Young candidates in the Brewers' rotation. Plus, the excellent campaign from Bryan Reynolds in Pittsburgh, Paul Goldschmidt’s quietly great season in St. Louis, Cedric Mullins' 30/30 campaign, and future expectations for Jonathan India and Austin Riley.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
Baseball Barista | The Wild AL Wild Card Race, Are the Cardinals peaking too soon & Giants-Dodgers NL West battle
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh pot of baseball takes for the last week week of baseball's regular season. The guys talk about the crazy AL Wild Card race, if the Cardinals are peaking too soon & the Dodgers and Giants battle for the NL West. The AL Wild Card race is getting really tight with only 5 games remaining in the regular season. The Mariners are right on the outside looking in and Hunter thinks they have a real shot to make a run if they get in. The Cardinals have been absolutely scorching the last few weeks and have clinched the last NL Wild Card spot. The guys talk about if they think the Cards are peaking too soon before the Playoffs. They talk about if teams still playing for something should be scared of a team that has nothing to lose and is just playing spoiler. They breakdown who they would pick from each team to start a 1 game Wild Card winner take all game. And they give their thoughts on the Giants & Dodgers battling it out to see who wins the NL West and who is the #1 Wild Card team. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2021
Starkville | Raúl Ibañez shares insight into pitch clock, shift limit & more experimental rules
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Come for the jovial conversation and astute insight, stay for the 3-2-5-4-2-8-6 double play. Jayson and Doug roast their marshmallows in front of the St. Louis Cardinals' magma-like win streak. Kevin Kiermaier subterfuge! Raúl Ibañez, who serves as MLB Senior Vice President of On-Field Operations, catches up with Jay and Doug! The triumvirate talk pitching clocks, its efficacy in the Minors, and a hypothetical implementation in the Majors. Plus, more experimental rule changes discourse, such as shift limits and pick-off maximums. An MVP-Cy Young trivia question proceeds a time-traveling Strange But True! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Raul on Twitter: @RaulIbanezMLB Trivia Courtesy Josh Gehres Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The final push for the NL West, and a September to remember in St. Louis
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Ken and DVR wonder if the Cardinals will lose another game in 2021 and examine the final week of action in the battle for the NL West, the down ballot cases for the NL MVP award, before opening up the mailbag for another batch of questions.  -What was the biggest surprise among NL second-half collapses? -Is a shorter regular season a realistic long-term possibility? -Why are managers from the Steroid Era in the Hall of Fame? -Should the Hall of Fame focus entirely on candidates' on-field resumés? -When might Camden Yards get to host another All-Star Game? -After the Rays and A's, which team will be next to get a new park? -Is the Rays' split-city plan with Montreal feasible? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
DVR & Law | Keith's Prospect of the Year selections
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DVR and Keith discuss Keith's Prospect of the Year selections -- and several standouts from the 2021 minor-league season -- plus the bright future in Kansas City, next steps in the Orioles' rebuild, and the Mariners' bid to become the Blue Jays of 2022. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
Baseball Barista | What happened to the Padres, Astros are sneaky good & the Cardinals doing September Cardinals things
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of baseball thoughts this week. The guys talk about what is going on with the Padres, how the Astros are sneaky good and the Cardinals making their usual late season push. Really only 3 races to watch right now- the NL West and the 2 Wild Card Races. One team that was expected to be in the mix in the NL was the San Diego Padres. The guys talk about what went wrong down in San Diego and what they thought of the Tatis Jr-Machado argument in the dugout on the weekend. They talk about how the Rays have been hit really hard this season with the injury bug, but keep on winning. They give their thoughts on how the Astros have really snuck up on the league this season and how Dusty Baker deserves a lot of the credit. And they break down the Wild Card races and how the Cardinals are doing their late season thing to most likely make the playoffs again. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2021
Starkville | Charlie Montoyo on playoff race, AL MVP; Tatis-Machado spat & pitch clock in majors?
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In another rollicking edition of Starkville, Jayson and Doug opine about Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr.'s heated exchange from last weekend. Was the situation handled properly? Doug draws from his experience as a big leaguer to answer whether Machado comported himself appropriately. Could a pitch clock be adopted by the majors soon? Charlie Montoyo, the Toronto Blue Jays manager, joins Jayson and Doug in the middle of a heated playoff race! Montoyo shares his thoughts on the Jays' meteoric rise from postseason outcast to Wild Card contender. Who does Montoyo believe will win the AL MVP, and the long-time manager opens up about his relationship with Vlad Guerrero Sr. and Jr. Father-Son Triple Crown trivia is followed by a comeback edition of Strange But True! Plus, the duo discuss their baseball cards! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Trivia courtesy: @AWholeTim Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | NL MVP and Cy Young thoughts, expansion city favorites, and Salvador Perez's incredible season
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Ken and DVR take a close look at the NL MVP and Cy Young Award races as the field for those honors continues to shrink, before checking in on the Wild Card race in both leagues. Then, they open up the mailbag to answer several questions…. -Are pitcher injuries up in 2021? -Can Steroid Era players be honored in Cooperstown without being inducted into the Hall of Fame? -What other factors should voters consider when casting ballots? -Which cities are the current favorite for expansion franchises? -Is there any chance that MLB will end blackout rules? -What is Ken’s biggest baseball pet peeve? -Will Salvador Perez receive any first-place votes for AL MVP? To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
DVR & Ghiroli | Buying the Cards, Split on the AL Wild Cards & Surprising Seasons
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DVR and Britt discuss the ascent of the Cardinals, the surprising lack of offense from the Reds during a favorable stretch in the schedule, their picks for the two AL Wild Card spots as three AL East teams battle it out, and a few of the most surprising seasons they've seen while covering and analyzing baseball as Cedric Mullins makes a push for a 30-30 season. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2021
Baseball Barista | Vlad Jr going for the Triple Crown, is clinching too early bad & rooting for chaos with the Wild Cards
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee is back for another cup of hot baseball takes and thoughts. The guys are going to talk about Vlad Jr going for the Triple Crown, if clinching a playoff spot too early is bad and rooting for chaos with the Wild Cards. The Toronto Blue Jays are on fire and are being led by possible Triple Crown winner Vladimiir Guerrero Jr. There is a chance that Vlad Jr could win the Triple Crown and still not win MVP cause of the season Ohtani is having. Robbie Ray is another guy who has really been on fire for the Blue Jays. The guys break down the other Wild Card races and how they are kinda rooting for chaos at the end. They talk about how the Cardinals seem to always sneak back into things later in the season. The Cards are once again led by Adam Wainwright, who just keeps getting better with age. They talk about how Buster Posey is back and is a big face of baseball and most likely a Hall of Famer. They talk about if clinching a playoff spot or division is a good or bad thing. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
Starkville | Indians president Chris Antonetti walks us through Guardians name change + 9/11, 20 years later
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As lighthearted and jovial as we tend to be in Starkville, we know when silent reverence and reflection are necessary. With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 taking place last weekend, Jayson and Doug reminisce about that day, where they were, what they were doing, and the tragedy's impact two decades later. Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti chimes in with his 9/11 memories, too, before the trio embark on a discussion about the team's name-change saga. How was the name Guardians chosen? What does the name embody? The triumvirate also chat Cleveland's beleaguered offense as well as Shane Bieber and Terry Francona's health. After another rollicking round of trivia, we contemplate why a third baseman is catching flyballs in right field, and how two giants, though each of different proportions, in the Big Apple, pushed the boundaries of sportsmanship. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Trivia courtesy: @KFCman13 Save 50% on an annual subscription to The Athletic by visiting: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The AL Wild Card Race Heats Up, A No-No For The Crew, and Looking to the Future
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Ken and DVR discuss a busy weekend in baseball including the Yankees-Mets' matchup at Citi Field on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the surging Blue Jays, and a combined no-no in Cleveland courtesy of the Brewers before opening up the mailbag. - Could the return of the Universal DH spur realignment? - What might change the way shifts are employed in the future? - What's going on with the Mickey Mantle/Joe Pepitone HOF bat dispute? - How likely is it that the Angels and Phillies will never reach an LCS with Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, respectively? - Could one (or more) of Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds or Pete Rose end up in Cooperstown in the next 20 years? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
DVR & Law | 2021 Disappointments & Recalibrating for Future HOF Pitchers
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DVR and Keith discuss several 2021 disappointments with an eye toward their future value including Gleyber Torres, Gavin Lux, Victor Robles, and Chris Paddack, before considering how the profile of future Hall of Fame pitchers will be much different than that of current members.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Baseball Barista | Hall of Fame credentials, Meaningful September baseball & the crazy Wild Card races
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of hot baseball takes this week. The guys talk about Hall of Fame credentials, meaningful September baseball and the crazy Wild Card races. September baseball is so much fun if your team is still in it or not. The guys talk about if they like the new Sept rules regarding the rosters and if it is good for the game or not. They talk about how it's different to calculate data when you are playing vs when you are a fan. They talk about the new MLB Hall of Fame class and what goes into someone having the credentials to get into the Hall. They talk about Derek Jeter and Larry Walker and how they were very deserving to make it in this year. The guys talk about the crazy Wild Card races in both leagues. And they talk about how nobody really knows anything sometimes when it comes to baseball. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
Starkville | Jeter heads to Cooperstown, pennant race roundtable and Doug's Tyra Banks story (take 3)
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Derek Jeter is headed to Cooperstown and Jayson and Doug share their experiences both on and off the field with the Yankees great, explaining why a player who is sometimes criticized as overrated is actually underrated! Then the roundtable returns to get you ready for the final month of the season. The Athletic's Eno Sarris and NY Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner visit Starkville to predict what will happen down the stretch. Of course there's trivia and the annual telling of Doug's Tyra Banks story. You don't want to miss that! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Eno Sarris on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Tyler Kepner on Twitter: @TylerKepner Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The Giants and Dodgers battle for West Coast supremacy, fixing replay and changing the Manfred runner
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Ken and Tim cover the league from coast to coast in to start the show. The Giants and Dodgers battle for West Coast supremacy while the Red Sox and Mets overcome off the field challenges to stay in the race. All that before opening up this week's mailbag... -Will MLB make needed changes to replay? -Why isn't Joe Maddon on the hot seat? -What teams will be in on the free agent shortstops? -What's wrong with Joey Gallo? -Will Theo Epstein be running the Mets next season? -Should MLB begin process of starting a women's professional baseball league? -New ideas for the Manfred runner -Should the Wild Card game not count as the Postseason? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
DVR & Law | Philly's playoff pursuit, Cleveland's next steps, and Adalberto Mondesi's future
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DVR and Keith discuss the Phillies' pursuit of Atlanta in the battle for the NL East, the recent struggles of Yu Darvish, the next steps in Cleveland as Year 2 of the post-Lindor era approaches, Adalberto Mondesi's future in Kansas City, Keibert Ruiz's future, and the arrival of Joe Ryan to the Minnesota rotation.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2021
Baseball Barista | Mets' Thumbs Down, Tight Wild Card Races & Team's Built For Long Playoff Runs
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee talk about the Mets' Thumbs Down salute, tight wild card races & team's built for the playoffs. The guys talk about the Mets doing a a thumbs down salute to the fans and if they think it was the right move or not. The Wild Card Races are tight and the guys break down who they can make a run heading into September. They talk about what team's in each the AL & NL are built to make a long playoff run. They talk about what to think of the Giants heading into September and if Logan Webb is the ace of their starting rotation. And how the Dodgers still could be the top team to win it all again this season. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2021
Starkville | Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on going for it at the deadline, making moves on his wedding day and his unique start in baseball
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The Braves had every reason to become sellers when Ronald Acuna Jr. went down, but Alex Anthopoulos doubled down on the 2021 season. He joins Starkville to talk about that, submitting an offer for Aroldis Chapman on the way to his wedding, his first job in baseball and more. Plus Jayson and Doug dive into the Atlantic League moving the mound back a foot and the Dodgers and Padres 16-inning marathon. All that plus trivia. Could the guys snap their losing streak? Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Are the Red Sox and Yankees headed towards first one-game playoff since the Bucky Dent game?
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The Red Sox and Yankees look destined to meet in the AL Wild Card Game. The last time the two teams met in a one-game winner take all matchup was 1978 when Bucky Dent's home run over the monster sent the Yankees to the playoffs and eventual World Series title. Ken and Tim discuss the AL East before opening up this week's mailbag... -Will Yankees ever get rid of facial hair policy? -Will MLB expand the WC series? -Could the Padres move on from Jace Tingler? -Possible suitors for Max Scherzer? -Explaining the Dodgers and baseball's actions regarding Trevor Bauer? -Does Ohtani's home runs help his Cy Young candidacy? -Are robo umps going to happen? -Favorite brothers in baseball history? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 50% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
DVR & Law | Assessing the 2021 Rookie Class
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DVR and Keith discuss the recent arrival of Edward Cabrera in Miami, and check in on several members of the 2021 rookie class -- including Wander Franco, Andrew Vaughn, and Ke'Bryan Hayes -- while setting and adjusting expectations for the group in the wake of the lost 2020 minor-league season. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2021
Baseball Barista | Is Ohtani having the best season ever, the 500 HR Club & updated Wild Card Races
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to talk some baseball. Tim McMaster is filling in for Grant this week. The guys talk about if they think Ohtani is having the best season ever, the 500 HR club and updated Wild Card Races. Is Shoehei Ohtani having the best season ever in MLB history? The guys give their thoughts on it and compare his hitting and pitching numbers to some of the greats in the game. Miguel Cabrera became the newest member of the 500 Home Run Club. The guys debate which players could be next to get to the big milestone. And they break down some of the updated Wild Card races and if the Padres can turn things around to get into the Playoffs. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2021
Starkville | Joey Votto on 2000 hits, his favorite season and why he's having the most fun of his career right now
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Joey Votto looks at baseball differently than most and he brings that unique perspective to Starkville. Some of the topics covered... -The problem with getting 2000 hits is that it's not 3000 hits   -How the game has changed throughout his career -How to measure intangibles -Why he's so impressed by Mike Trout -What made 2017 his pièce de résistance -What made the middle of his career difficult and why he's having the most fun of his career right now All that and more. Then, in Strange But True, Rays outfielder Brett Phillips placed himself along side legends of the game after his inside-the-park homer last week and Jayson and Doug get a blast from the past as Paul Hembekides delivers this week's trivia question. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Paul Hembekides on Twitter: @PaulHembo Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The Orioles losing streak, pitcher fatigue and Ohtani free agency
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The Orioles front office says the club's re-build is on track despite an 18-game skid. Ken was new to the Orioles beat back in 1988 when the O's lost 21 in a row. He explains the differences and what baseball can do to try to stop tanking. Then in the mailbag... -Should MLB shorten games to help pitcher fatigue? -Should the criteria for a win change with starters not pitching deep into games? -Will the Angels be able to keep Ohtani in free agency? -Is MLB returning to the Field of Dreams too soon? -Would moving the All-Star Game to March help give players a mid-season break? -How can Reds react if Castellanos opts out? -Should Robert Clemente Day be given more attention?  -Why do people care if a Hall of Famer is voted in unanimously? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
DVR & Law | Padres vs. Reds, and reasons for optimism in Pittsburgh?
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DVR and Keith discuss the Padres’ recent slide into a legitimate Wild Card race with the Reds, their picks for who ultimately comes away with the final playoff spot in the National League, and a few reasons to be optimistic about the Pirates’ long-term outlook.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
Baseball Barista | Steve Cohen's Tweet, Slumping Teams & Dealing with Media and Fans
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee has a fresh cup of baseball takes. They are gonna talk about Steve Cohen's tweet about the struggling Mets, how to turn things around for slumping teams and how dealing with media & fans is different in every city. The guys recap the exciting and amazing Field of Dreams game. It was a huge success for MLB and the guys are glad that baseball is expanding and tying in pop culture more. They talk about you never forget a monster HR and they talk about some of their favorite big blasts. Mets Owner Steve Cohen sent out a tweet calling out the team's offense and the guys talk about if it was the right thing to do. They break down some of the other slumping teams in baseball and if they can turn things around. Hunter talks about his experiences with media and fans during his playing career and how things were different in every city. And they talk about how they were surprised no Giants were getting any love in the NL MVP talk. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2021
Starkville | He built it and they came - Murray Cook explains how the Field of Dreams came to life
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Whether he's turning a corn field into the Field of Dreams, Australian cricket grounds into an Opening Day ballpark or an English soccer stadium into the site of Red Sox and Yankees, Murray Cook is the man behind MLB's pop-up stadiums. He joins Jayson and Doug to explain what went into the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa from vision to completion. What obstacles had to be overcome and what challenges almost derailed the project. Add in some Shoeless Joe Jackson trivia and a Strange But True week with the Cubs and you have another can't miss episode of Starkville. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Murray Cook on Twitter: @cookmurray Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Christopher Kamka on Twitter: @ckamka Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | From the Field of Dreams Game to Tyler Gilbert's no-no, it was a feel good week in baseball
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Forget the dog days of summer! It was a feel good week across baseball. Ken reflects on being part of the Field of Dreams Game broadcast and admits to being a little early on announcing the end of the year of the no-hitter. In the mailbag... -Is the AL Central entering an era of all five teams being competitive? -How can the Cardinals retool for 2022? -Is Cedric Mullins the most underrated player in the game? -Did the Red Sox not do enough to help struggling bullpen? -With all the gambling in the game, should MLB reconsider Pete Rose's ban? -Who are the best local broadcasters in MLB? -Will baseball work to allow MLB players to compete in potential 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
DVR & Law | The battle for the NL East, and a Jays-Brewers World Series matchup?
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DVR and Keith discuss the three-team battle for the NL East, Austin Riley's growth as a hitter, signs of growth from Touki Toussaint, the possibility that the Mets are the NL East's best team on paper -- even without Jacob deGrom -- whether the Red Sox deserve the criticism they have received for their Trade Deadline approach, the Jays' quiet rise in the AL East, and the Brewers as a legitimate World Series threat.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2021
Baseball Barista | August Power Rankings, Field of Dreams Game & Favorite Baseball Movies
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup on baseball takes. The guys give their August Power Rankings, the Field of Dreams game and their favorite baseball movies. They both agree that the Giants & Dodgers are the 2 top teams in the MLB rankings right now. Both teams have very similar approaches at the plate and on the mound. There is some debate after that for the rest of the top 5 rankings. The guys talk about the Field of Dream's game with the Chicago White Sox taking on the Yankees. They talk about how the movie makes them think of being a kid and watching baseball. They talk about some of their other favorite baseball movies and what would be a baseball movie they would make now if they could. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
Starkville | Minor League living conditions and an interview with Alan Schwarz on a Stark-less episode of Starkville
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Doug Glanville and Alan Schwarz met and became friends as students at the University of Pennsylvania. From there Doug went on to a Major League Baseball career and Alan went on to become a Pulitzer Price-nominated author, but their careers have overlapped time and time again and they both owe much of their success to each other. They discuss those paths as well as the problems with the game today including the conditions that minor leaguers face while chasing their dreams.   Doug then relates a story from his life to the recent incident at Coors Field where it was initially thought that a fan used a racial slur. All that plus listener trivia. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Alan Schwarz on Twitter: @alanschwarz Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Nick Zingaro on Twitter: @nzingaro19 Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | East Division races heating up as Mets and Red Sox stumble
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The AL East has become a four team race and the Phillies have grabbed hold of the NL East. Tim and Ken weigh in on division races that are hearing up before breaking open the mailbag... -Will baseball ever allow trading draft picks? -Can Mike Trout be considered the greatest of all-time without postseason success? -Why did baseball move on from the 2020 playoff format? -Should Yankees bring back Rizzo and Gallo and pass on pricey shortstops? -What exactly are the A's asking the city of Oakland for in stadium deal? -Could baseball add mandatory one game suspensions for all ejections? -What's the strangest place Ken has broken news from? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
DVR & Law | Running down the post-deadline headlines with Eric Karabell
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Eric Karabell of ESPN joins Keith on this episode of The Athletic Baseball Show. The old friends and former colleagues make their way through the MLB headlines, discussing the Phillies' woes, the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner trade, and the strong job the Cubs did selling at the deadline. They also get into the fledgling rebuild in Baltimore, the Brewers staying power beyond the 2021 season, elements of 1980s baseball they'd like to see make a comeback, and the beauty of Shohei Ohtani's game Finally, they lament the lack of meaningful races across the league, and laud the Giants for going for it. Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Eric on Twitter: @karabelleric Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2021
Baseball Barista | Winners & Losers of the Trade Deadline & why deep bullpens are key in the Playoffs
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of baseball takes waiting for you to enjoy. The guys break down the winners & losers of the Trade Deadline and how Hunter believe great bullpens are key to long playoff runs. The Dodgers made the biggest splash at the Deadline and are putting together a super team with all the talent they have. They talk about the Giants big move to get Kris Bryant and how they probably should've added another starting pitcher. The White Sox added closer Craig Kimbrel to an already impressive bullpen. Hunter talks about why a strong deep bullpen is so key to make a long playoff run and win a World Series. The Yankees add some beef to their lineup and they guys talk about where they think they will finish in the standings. They break down the top teams in the AL & NL and who would they take to make the Playoffs after the Trade Deadline. And Hunter give a special shoutout to Joey Votto. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2021
Starkville | Post-trade deadline debuts and the Rays' Erik Neander takes us inside the war room
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The Rays are in the thick of the AL East race, and they were in the middle of a whole lot of trade possibilities before Friday's deadline. Vice President of Baseball Operations and GM Erik Neander visits Starkville for an inside look at how a wild deadline played out. He also explains how growing up near Cooperstown impacted his life and how breaking into a ballpark suite helped him advance his career with the Rays. Strange But True focuses on some trades that started paying off immediately. Add in trivia and this episode has it all. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Eric Eisenberg on Twitter: @numericsports Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Why was this trade deadline one of the wildest ever?
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The trade deadline has passed but plenty of questions remain. Ken and Tim try to explain why this deadline was so wild and then it's onto the mailbag... -How long will Rockies fans have to wait for a contender after choosing not to be big sellers? -Does the deadline favor big market teams? -Why would anyone make a deal with Farhan Zaidi after he's won so many trades? -Did the Giants get it right acquiring Kris Bryant? -Now what for all the teams who aren't contending over the next two months? -Was the acquisitions of Lester and Happ a waste for Cardinals? -If the A's move to Las Vegas, will they start spending money? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
DVR & Law | Recapping a wild trade deadline in Major League Baseball
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Derek and Keith deliver a full recap of the trade deadline which ended with a flurry of blockbuster moves in the final 24 hours. From the Dodgers adding Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Cubs selling the core of their World Series team, this deadline had it all. The guys explain which teams crushed it, which teams didn't do enough and what exactly the Rockies were doing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Baseball Barista | Buyers & sellers at the Trade Deadline, what big names could be dealt & what do some contenders need
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to break down what they think could happen before the Trade Deadline on Friday at 4pm ET. They talk about the crazy Mariners-Astros trade and how it could actually help out both teams now and in the future. They talk about the tight race in the NL East and how that could effect teams plans for the Deadline. The guys find out live during the recording (Wednesday morning) that the A's have traded Jesus Luzardo to the Marlins for Starling Marte and they break it down on the spot. The talk about the 2 Rays trades that were kind of the opposite of each other. And they discuss what they think the Giants and Red Sox should do at the Deadline. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Starkville | Trade deadline preview extravaganza w/ Jim Bowden!
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By Friday, July 30th at 4 pm Eastern time, the baseball world will know which teams are the real deal and which are not. Which organizations are pushing their chips to the center of the table, and which ones have folded. Starkvillians anxiously await the litany of moves that will, hopefully, take place before the deadline. But in the meantime, Jayson and Doug are here to host a nuanced trade deadline preview extravaganza with the help of national baseball writer for The Athletic and the 1999 MLB Executive of the Year, Jim Bowden! Jayson, Doug, and Jim zero in on which names could be on the move, like Max Scherzer, Trevor Stroy, Joey Gallo, Kris Bryant, and more! Which teams are considered buyers and sellers? Plus, Jim shares some delightful trade deadline stories! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Jim on Twitter: @JimBowdenGM Trivia question provided by: @dasbradley Get 33% off an annual subscription to The Athletic! Visit: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Countdown to the trade deadline
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It's trade deadline week in baseball and Ken has his phone charged up and coffee brewing. Plenty of deadline questions to cover this week in the mailbag! -Why did the Rays trade Rich Hill? -Could the Cubs have gotten more for Yu Darvish if they had waited until the deadline? -Could the Blue Jays returning to Canada boost their playoff changes? -Should the Cardinals be sellers and can they sell? -Could the surprising Tigers end up buyers? -Did the Rangers miss out on selling high on Kyle Gibson? -What are the most exciting division races? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Save 33% on a subscription to The Athletic by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
DVR & Law | Looking ahead to the trade deadline
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DVR and Keith discuss the likelihood of the Cubs breaking up their remaining core from the 2016 World Series winning club, Trevor Story suitors, and the market for Story vs. Javier Baez, a potential unexpected trade involving the Marlins, the excellent 2021 performance of Starling Marte, the Twins' long-term decision on Jose Berríos, and a pair of recent prospect debuts. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Baseball Barista | Hunter in the Broadcast Booth & Trade Deadline Experiences and Stories
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee are going to talk about Hunter calling a Giants game this week on TV & his perspective as a former player during Trade Deadline time. Hunter was on the call for the Giants-Cardinals game this weekend on the Giants TV broadcast. He learned a lot of things doing a game earlier this season, so that helped out a lot in this game. It was all about having fun and letting the players and the game tell the story. He talks about if it is something he really wants to do since he is retired or does he want to get involved in other aspects of baseball? The guys talk about the Trade Deadline and how it was for Hunter as a player to deal with rumors, teammates getting traded, etc. For a good team, it's all about finding the right guy that is the right fit for the team. Sometimes team's just need a guy who can bring an extra spark or something special to get them over the top. Hunter was involved in 2 Deadline trades and he talks about how he felt about each situation and if he was surprised when he heard he was gonna get dealt. He talks about some of the GMs that he dealt with when he was a player and how former Giants GM Brian Sabean always wanted to win and kept you accountable as a player. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Starkville | The face of baseball and Suzyn Waldman on her journey as a woman in baseball
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With Jayson taking a much deserved post All-Star break break, Doug carries the show and has plenty to say about Shohei Ohtani's status as the face of baseball. Then, long-time Yankees broadcaster Suzyn Waldman joins the show to talk about her journey as a woman in baseball, the obstacles she overcame and some of the people who helped her along the way. She also talks about the 2021 Yankee struggles, Tuesday's all-female broadcast of the Orioles and Rays game and her career before baseball as a Broadway singer. Doug wraps things up with Strange But True and one of the worse losses of his playing career. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Aces gonna ace and a trade deadline primer
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Before answering a full mailbag of trade deadline questions, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster check in on Gerrit Cole, who has adjusted nicely to life without sticky stuff. -Will Yankees be buyers or sellers? -Will Mariner's GM Jerry Dipoto keep dealing despite contract situation? -Will Reds aggressively hunt for bullpen help? -Do Dodgers turn to starters with Bauer's future in doubt? -What are the best options for the Padres? -Could Braves trade Charlie Morton? -Should Mets go all in? -Will Nolan Arenado opt out after 2021 or 2022? -Should All-Star teams be chosen draft like the NBA? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
DVR & Law | Duran gets the call, Round 2 for Kelenic, Futures Game observations, and MLB Draft surprises
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DVR and Keith discuss the Red Sox's promotion of Jarren Duran, the second foray into the big leagues for Jarred Kelenic, the Mariners' surprisingly strong first half, observations from the Futures Game, and the early twists and turns from the 2021 MLB Draft.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Baseball Barista | Hunter's Tales From All-Star Week
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee is back for another week and the guys break down Hunter's time in Colorado for the All-Star Game. Hunter was on the field for BP of the HR Derby and was amazed at some of the shots hit. The both really enjoy the new bracket format of the Derby and the production that MLB puts on for it. Ohtani was the big favorite, but was knocked out by Juan Soto in Round 1. The guys talk about how amazing Juan Soto is for only being a 22 year old player and Hunter thinks he still can get way better. Pete Alonso ending up winning the Derby and going back to back. He was so into the event and was built for a Derby. They talk about how Madison Bumgarner would do in a Derby and if there was any chance of a pitcher's HR Derby or a retired players HR Derby every happening. Hunter talks about the great time he had playing in the celebrity softball game. He met so many awesome people and was great to see how quickly some of these celebs picked up playing softball. And they talk about what gameshow they would want to be on and if they like hot sauce. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
Starkville | First half awards and recapping the MLB Draft and Futures Game
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An All-Star edition of Starkville, recorded in the parking lot of Denver International Airport. What could possibly go wrong? Jayson and Doug hand out first-half awards and debate whether pitchers not named Ohtani should be considered for MVP. Then Baseball America's JJ Cooper joins the show to breakdown the MLB Draft and Futures Game. How are teams evaluating amateur talent knowing that sticky stuff may be in use? Finally, in this week's Strange But True, the story behind Daniel Camarena's unlikely grand slam off Max Scherzer. All of that, plus All-Star Trivia. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow JJ on Twitter: @jjcoop36 Follow Eric Eisenberg on Twitter: @numericsports Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Altuve does it again, missing All-Stars and lots of deadline chatter
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Jose Altuve caps an electric Yankees-Astros series with ANOTHER walk-off home run. Ken Rosenthal talk about that and why so many All-Stars have chosen to skip the game this year. Then it's on to the mailbag... -What kind of rebuild are the Cubs looking at? -Could Albert Pujols hit his 700th homer in a Cardinals uniform? -Will the Astros ignore the luxury tax and make a deadline splash? -Can the Angels make the postseason? -Can the Phillies find someone to take Vince Velasquez? -With starting pitchers working less innings, will the Cy Young ever go to an opener or middle reliever? -Do the Brewers have another move in them? -How will MLB speed up pitchers? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
DVR & Law | The Reds' pursuit of the Brewers, choosing a direction in Cleveland, and Keith's final mock draft update
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DVR and Keith discuss the Reds as the biggest threat to the Brewers in the NL Central, Cleveland's uncertain direction as the trade deadline approaches in Year 1 of the post-Lindor era, the team most likely to track down the Mets in the NL East, and the final adjustments to Keith's mock draft before the real thing gets underway Sunday night. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
Baseball Barista | Hunter's Inside Look At The All-Star Game & Festivities
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee go inside the All-Star Game, all the festivities and what made it so special to Hunter. Hunter was a 4 time All-Star and it was a big moment in his baseball career to get the nod. The guys talk about how it was interesting when the ASG was about home-field advantage and how it really meant more to some player then others. He talks about some of his favorite and least favorite moments from his All-Star experiences. He was one of the guys who always went hard and really cared about being part of the game. They talk about how Shohei Ohtani is gonna hit and pitch in the ASG and how special of a season he is having. Hunter talks about how the ASG experience has changed over the years and how baseball has made it really into a big event. They both give their thoughts about their favorite All-Star moments as fans. Hunter talks about the atmosphere in the dugouts during the game and what conversations were going on between what players when he was there. Hunter talks about his favorite All-Star Game as a player and the reasons why it meant so much to him. And they give their predictions for the game and the HR Derby. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
Starkville | Midseason Roundtable with Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris
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As baseball reaches the midway point in the 2021 season, Jayson and Doug welcome Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris to Starkville for a roundtable discussion about what happened in the first half and what's coming soon. Who's been disappointing? Who's been a surprise? Who will buy or sell at the deadline? Over/under's for the second half. All of that, plus strikeout trivia, what to do with Shohei Ohtani in the All-Star Game and Strange But True. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Paul (trivia) on Twitter: @BravesStats Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The Dodgers pitching shortage, fixing the Phillies bullpen and creating a new Triple Crown
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Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster talk about the banged up Nationals and what Trevor Bauer's administrative leave could mean for the Dodgers. Then they open up the mailbag: -Would a tackier baseball really help with MLB's sticky stuff problem? -Is Joe Girardi to blame for the Phillies' bullpen problems and can they be fixed? -Does baseball need to redo the Triple Crown? -Why are so many young star players coming out of the Dominican Republic? -Does the Indians front office get enough credit? -Is MLB concerned with attendance numbers coming out of the pandemic? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
DVR & Law | Next steps for the Angels, Cards & Yankees, Futures Game rosters, and a title for Mississippi State
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DVR and Keith discuss the disappointing first-half from the Angels, Cardinals and Yankees, and try to sort out the best path for each club as the trade deadline approaches at the end of the month before discussing the Futures Game rosters, and the first team NCAA championship in Mississippi State school history.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
Baseball Barista | Unsung 1st Half Players, Bullpens Are Important & Why Not to Trade with the Rays
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have a fresh cup of hot baseball takes. They talk about unsung 1st half players, why bullpens are so important and why you should avoid the Rays if they call you for a trade. The guys talk about how impressive the Giants have been this season so far, along with the Dodgers and Padres. They talk about some of the unsung players on some of the top teams in baseball in the first half of the season. They talk about pitching is contagious kinda like hitting, especially in bullpens. Hunter thinks putting more money into bullpens makes more sense in baseball right now. They talk about how if the Rays call you and are interested in a player, you should hang up and keep those players. The Rays and the Giants are very similar in their systems and how they are doing things with trades/pick ups. And they talk about how the Giants have been a big surprise and who is their biggest unsung player. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
Starkville | Zombie runners, platinum sombreros and sticky stuff answers with Andrew Miller
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Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller visits Starkville for a thoughtful discussion on sticky stuff and where we go from here. Also, Jayson and Doug are ready to replace the name ghost runner, but what should the extra-innings baserunner be named? This week's Strange But True takes a closer look at the Giants thirteen inning 7-run explosion against the Angels that included the American League team not using the DH and a National League team using the DH. All that plus Glanville inspired trivia! Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Scott on Twitter: @ReHashDraftCast Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Can anyone catch the Giants, will the Cubs buy or sell and the latest on the sticky stuff crackdown
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Ken Rosenthal was at Cubs-Dodgers this weekend and has thoughts on both teams. Ken and Tim McMaster also discuss MLB's enforcement of illegal substances one week into the league's crackdown. Then, we open up the mailbag... -Is the Mariner's rebuild on track? -Why isn't Josh Donaldson being treated the way Mike Fiers was during the Astros cheating scandal? -Will we ever see left handed players playing catcher or on the left side of the infield? -Why don't MLB players hold out for new contracts like NFL players? -Why don't MLB broadcasts use more advanced metrics? -Will Marcell Ozuna play again this season? All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
DVR & Law | Wander’s arrival, the Tigers’ young starters, and upcoming prospect debuts
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DVR and Keith discuss the highly-anticipated arrival of Wander Franco, where he would go in an open universe re-draft of all MLB players, Matt Manning’s first two starts with the Tigers, the possibility of another great young starter falling to Detroit at No. 3 in next month’s draft, and the position players most likely to debut in the big leagues now that Super Two considerations have waned.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic just for just $3.99/mo to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2021
Baseball Barista | MLB Sticky Substance Checks, Ohtani's Amazing Season & Defense Is Key For Good Teams
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee are back and ready to talk about some of the big stories going on in baseball. This episode they talk about MLB starting to check pitchers for substances, Shohei Ohtani's amazing season & how defense is a big key for good teams. MLB started this week to check pitchers for substances during games. Some interesting reactions from Max Scherzer and Sergio Romo so far. They talk about the back and forth between Scherzer and Joe Giradi. Shohei Ohtani is changing the game in a big way this season. More players in the minors and college might try to be 2 way players after seeing the success of Ohtani. The guys talk about if they think we will see more 2 way players. They talk about how defense is a big key for some of the better teams in baseball. They talk about a few different stats that show that to be the case. And they talk about what would be their perfect team if they were building it in a video game and in real life. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Starkville | Jeopardy legend James Holzhauer on sticky stuff, baseball betting and the Cubs
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We've covered MLB's sticky stuff problem from just about every angle, but what about the impact on sports betting? Jeopardy legend and professional sports gambler James Holzhauer visits Starkville to discuss it. James also explains his new role at The Athletic, talks about growing up a Cubs fan and dreaming of running an MLB front office, and of course tries his luck at Doug Glanville trivia. James also tries to help Jayson and Doug snap their losing streak on listener trivia! Throw in a segment of Strange But True and this is one full episode. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow James Holzhauer: @James_Holzhauer Follow Alex Simon on Twitter: @AlexSimonSports Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Sticky stuff enforcement begins, how it could impact the trade deadline and Zach Wheeler's Cy Young chances
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MLB's enforcement of pitchers using illegal substances is here. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss what we can expect as pitchers and umpires adapt. Then in the mailbag... -How will the lack of sticky stuff impact the pitching trade market? -Will the Rays replace Glasnow by trade or look internally? -Does Zack Wheeler deserve Cy Young consideration? -Will the Rockies trade any players not named Story? -What's an award MLB should hand out that it doesn't right now? -Ken's favorite MLB career statistic All that and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… -Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal -Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
DVR & Law | Fine tuning the Padres, examining the Red Sox's first half, and D1 schools dropping baseball
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss a few surprises in San Diego, including the disappointing results from Blake Snell and Trent Grisham's ascent toward stardom. Plus, the separation of the Red Sox and Rays from the Yankees and Jays in the AL East, Xander Bogaerts as one of the baseball's most overlooked big-market stars, and Division 1 schools that have recently dropped baseball.  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2021
Baseball Barista | Crazy Stat Players & The Art of Picking the Right Walk-Up Music
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are back with another hot cup of baseball takes. They are going to talk about some players that are putting up crazy stats so far this season & the art of picking the right walk-up music. Vlad Jr is leading MLB in 2 of 3 of the main categories for the Triple Crown in baseball. He had a great offseason workout plan and it's showing so far this season. He is a much different player then his dad was. Zach Wheeler of the Phillies is putting up some amazing numbers this season and has really come into his own. Jacob deGrom is just putting up some absurd numbers so far this season. Hunter talks about if there is any keys to trying to have success vs deGrom. Hunter talks about some pitchers that were tough on him when he was playing and how the Giants pitching staff from 2010-2014 was really nasty and needs more credit. They talk about the art of picking the right walk-up song or entrance music for a closer. Everyone does it different and Hunter has some great stories of how some players went about picking their walk up music. And they talk about the health benefits of drinking coffee Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
Starkville | USA... USA! Todd Frazier talks Olympic baseball, Ke'Bryan Hayes missed first base and MLB's ongoing struggles with sticky stuff
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Fire up the Star Spangled Banner, USA Baseball is headed back to the Olympics. Todd Frazier joins Starkville to explain how he went from the Pirates to Team USA in a matter of weeks. Frazier describes some of the wild moments of the qualifying tournament. Also on this episode, Jayson and Doug talk about Gerrit Cole's struggles trying to explain illegal substances and why the sticky stuff is causing major problems for Major League Baseball. Strange But True covers the history of players failing to touch first base like Ke'Bryan Hayes. All that plus trivia (of course!) Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Todd Frazier: @FlavaFraz21 Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Will Aaron Boone survive the season, will Max Scherzer be traded, and the latest on the sticky stuff
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The Yankees continue to struggle and Aaron Boone is visibly frustrated. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss what it all means for the manager's future in The Bronx. From there, a check in on the party atmosphere this weekend on Chicago's North Side. In the mailbag... -What can we expect from MLB's enforcement of illegal substances? -Will Max Scherzer be traded and could he end up back home in Missouri? -What could the Pirates get in return for Adam Frazier and Richard Rodriguez? -Do teams spend enough time on fundamentals like baserunning? -Will the sticky stuff have an impact on Hall of Fame voting? -Why didn't Johan Santana get more Hall of Fame consideration? Answers to those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com. Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
DVR & Law | Sick of being sticky, Kelenic's demotion and a San Francisco surprise
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss the sticky-substance saga, Jarred Kelenic's return to Tacoma, the challenge of determining a player's readiness to contribute at the MLB level, and the surprising Giants.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Baseball Barista | Illegal Substances on Baseballs, The Humidor & Being Aggressive on the 1st Pitch
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee have some fresh hot takes on illegal substances on baseballs, if the humidor is good or bad for baseball and being aggressive on the first pitch. The big story right now in baseball in pitchers using illegal substances on baseballs to gain an edge over the batters. Hunter gives his thoughts on the situation and wonders why MLB is doing this now since it's been around for so long. He is a fan of pitchers having a good grip of the ball for safety reasons and doesn't think it is as big of a deal as it's being made out to be right now. They talk about more teams using the humidor this season and if it is good or bad for baseball. Hunter talks about playing games at Coors Field and how hitters loved it, but pitchers really didn't. They talk about how this season more players are being aggressive on the first pitch & the numbers show it. Hunter talks about his approach at the plate when he was playing and how things are different now then from when he was playing. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
Starkville | Jon "Boog" Sciambi on the Cubs, Lou Gehrig Day, the benefit of player access and more
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Jon "Boog" Sciambi makes the trip to Starkville from his new home in Chicago. He talks about replacing good friend Len Kasper in the Wrigley TV booth, the Cubs surprising start, why broadcasts are suffering from no player access, Lou Gehrig Day and the fight against ALS and more. Also on this episode, Jayson and Doug explain why Starkville wouldn't exist if writers weren't allowed in clubhouses back in the 80's. All of that, plus listener trivia with John Fisher and Strange But True. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Boog on Twitter: @BoogSciambi and at https://projectmainst.org/ Follow John Fisher on Twitter: @JohnnyPhisher Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The Yankees dreadful offense, the Brewers championship hopes and MLB finally cracking down on illegal substances
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Major League Baseball may start cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances soon. Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss that and who's to blame for the Yankees underperforming offense. Then in the mailbag... -Are Miguel Andujar, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier destined to be dissapointments? -Can the Cubs maintain their great start? -Why do teams wait all the way to the deadline before making trades? -Should the Mets make a move now? -Is the NL East the worst division in MLB? -Should the Astros trade Carlos Correa to improve their bullpen? -Do the Brewers have the pitching to compete for a championship? -How is Bill Mazeroski in the Hall of Fame and Roger Maris not? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Beller & Law | Buyers and sellers starting to line up, a check on the AL West race, and the untapped potential of the first-place Mets
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We're into June, and that means the buy/sell divide in advance of the trade deadline is starting to take shape. Michael Beller and Keith Law take a look at either side of that, including some teams on the former side that weren't necessarily expected to be contenders. The guys then turn their eyes to the standings, where they zero in on the A's keeping pace with the Astros, and the Mets putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the NL East, despite being the most injured team in the league. Finally, a quick check in on some of this season's most intriguing rooking starting pitchers. Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Beller on Twitter: @MBeller Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Baseball Barista | A Third of the way thru the season: Surprises, Disappointments & the Home Run Race
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to give you a steaming cup of hot takes on the first third of the MLB season. Who are the surprising teams, who has disappointed and who is leading baseball in homers. The guys break down the team that they each think can make a run the rest of the season to make the playoffs. They break down if the Giants are for real or just having a lucky start to their season. The 2 Chicago teams are looking good so far and they both expect big things from them the rest of the way. The MLB Home Run Race is very exciting with lots of young stars at the top of the list. A lot of Jrs- Guerrero Jr, Tatis Jr & Acuna Jr. They discuss how Vlad Jr has really worked hard this offseason and it has really showed so far a third of the way thru the season. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Starkville | Javy’s magic, Joe West’s reign and drafting baseball’s elite young talent
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Jayson and Doug welcome Ken Rosenthal and Britt Ghiroli to Starkville for a roundtable discussion on the season’s first two months. They draft the game’s best young players and try to figure out how MLB can help them and everyone else in the game shine. Javy Baez was once one of the games elite young players. He’s still a magician as he showed with his steal of first base in Pittsburgh. Joe West has been an umpire for longer than anyone ever. Doug has stories and Jayson has stats to mark West’s big milestone. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Overcoming injuries, Kratz sign stealing allegations and Expos memories
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This week on the mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss the rash of injuries across baseball and how some teams, like the Mets, are overcoming injuries and contending. Inside the mailbag... -After Erik Kratz's allegations that more teams have cheated to steal signs in recent years, will baseball look into the claims or move on? -What does the ideal MLB playoff bracket look like? -Would moving the mound back do more harm than good to hitters? -Where did all the bunting go? -Is Yadier Molina the "champion of home-crowd adoration?" -Favorite Expos memories? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
DVR & Law | More injury trouble for the Yankees, the Rays make a trade, and Keith's first 2021 mock draft
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss the Yankees' latest bout with the injury bug, the Rays' decision to trade Willy Adames, Taylor Walls getting the call before Vidal Bruján and Wander Franco, Rich Hill's recent run of dominance, Alek Manoah's promotion, and Keith's first mock for the 2021 MLB Draft.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
Baseball Barista | Baseball Barista | Hunter the player vs Hunter the fan, Approaches at the Plate & Important Glue Guys for Contenders
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are back with some more hot coffee and baseball talk. They talk about Hunter as a player vs fan, approaches at the plate & important Glue Guys for contenders. Hunter talks about the difference he has felt as a player vs him as a just a fan of baseball this season. Hunter talks about how he went about his approach at the plate vs certain pitchers and how thinking too much at the plate isn't always a good thing. The guys talk about some of the important glue guys for some of the main contenders. Hunter has a different view on how he came up with his glue guys. They talk about ball player body language and how Hunter thinks that is a very big key to a glue guy on a team. And they talk about the amazing season that Giants SS Brandon Crawford is having this season. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2021
Starkville | Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom on Boston's great start, bringing back Alex Cora and majoring in Latin Classics
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Jayson and Doug are ready to throw out some unwritten rules and maybe some written ones too! They discuss Yermin Mercedes' 3-0 crush (2:00) and Doug's hatred for the first base line (1:10:40). Plus Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom visits Starkville to talk (12:07)... -The Red Sox hot start and surprising starting pitching -The challenging start to his tenure in Boston -Bringing back Alex Cora this year -Looking back on trading Mookie -Majoring in Latin Classics -Choosing Kevin Cash over Doug for Rays manager job -Making up for the Red Sox organization's history of racism That and more, plus listener trivia with @aspiegler11 (1:03:10). Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Pitchers cheating, La Russa losing the Sox and Yankee trade targets
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This week on the Monday mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss all the sticky stuff pitchers are putting on baseballs and why it's time for MLB to do more about it. Then in the mailbag: -Could Mike Trout try to force a trade out of LA? -Who should Yankees target to replace Hicks? -What areas should the Mets target before the trade deadline? -Has Tony La Russa lost the White Sox clubhouses? -Is Xander Bogaerts the best offensive SS in the game? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $1 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
DVR & Law | The Angels' tough decisions continue, early looks at Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert, and fast starts from Alek Manoah and Hunter Greene
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss a lengthy absence for Mike Trout, the Angels' outfield prospects waiting in the wings at Triple-A, new homers for Yoshi Tsutsugo and Albert Pujols, the early performance of Logan Gilbert and Jarred Kelenic, unwritten rules vs. ump shows, and dominant starts to the minor-league season from Alek Manoah and Hunter Greene.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/month to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Baseball Barista | Drew Robinson on his inspirational comeback story & getting the message out there + the Giants-Dodgers Rivalry
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Drew Robinson joins the Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee this week to talk about his inspirational comeback story & how he wants to get "the message" out there to people dealing with mental health problems. He lost his right eye in a suicide attempt last year and fought his way back to make the opening day roster for the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento. He recently hit his first homer after coming back. He talks about how amazing it was to get all the calls and texts and all the social media love about his return to the field. He wants to get out the message about giving out good energy and love to everyone and not getting down. He gives advice to young players coming up in baseball and how you need to put in the hard work all the time to make it in life. Hunter and Grant talk about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry and how Hunter could tell the fans were way more into the games with the Dodgers then most other games. And they break down the current standings and Hunter talks about a team that everyone should look out for.  Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Follow Drew on Twitter: @Drewrobbb Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month for 6 months Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Follow Drew on Twitter: @Drewrobbb Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month for 6 months Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2021
Starkville | Jason Benetti on the White Sox and his journey + a surprise guest for Listener Trivia!
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It's a busy week in Starkville! White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti joins the show to talk about the White Sox, working with Bill Walton and his journey as a broadcaster with Cerebral Palsy. Listener Trivia takes it up a notch when the answer to the question joins the show! Also, Jayson and Doug talk about Girardi's "next question" rant, Pujols to the Dodgers and Ohtani (of course!). They even squeeze in a Strange by True. Learn more about Cerebral Palsy at https://www.yourcpf.org/ Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Mayor Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Follow Jason Benetti on Twitter: @jasonbenetti Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | The shorthanded Padres, surprising Red Sox and trouble in the Rockies
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This week on the Monday mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss why the Padres are being forced to play shorthanded while other teams had games postponed. Then it's on to the mailbag: -Could Tony Gwynn hit with today's shifts and pitching velocity? -Is Shohei Ohtani more likely to have a 4-homer game or a no-hitter in his career? -What will the Giants do at the deadline? -What's going on with the Rockies? -Why isn't Carlos Rodon getting more credit? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 3 of 3
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Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater, Zach Harper and David Aldridge give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 2 of 3
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Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specifically with the expansion into the Bay Area. Writers, Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 1 of 3
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Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The Athletic’s culture. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
DVR & Law | Kelenic and Gilbert get the call, trouble in Minnesota and the league adjusts to Randy Arozarena
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss the promotion of Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert to Seattle, changes in what teams are looking for in young pitchers, the struggles of the Twins, Randy Arozarena's quiet start, and a new No. 1 atop Keith's 2021 MLB Draft Prospect Rankings.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2021
Baseball Barista | Are some early surprise teams contenders or pretenders?
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee has a hot new cup of podcast breaking down if some of the early surprise teams are contenders & pretenders. Both guys agree that the Red Sox and the Giants are the 2 biggest surprise teams so far this season. They are both doing things a little differently. The Red Sox have a potent offense and their pitching has been in the middle of the pack. The Giants have had really good pitching and the hitting has been decent so far. Some other teams that have been surprises are the Phillies, A's & Mets. When fully healthy, the guys think the Mets could be the best team in baseball. And the guys take a few #ASKHUNTER questions. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Starkville | Joe Maddon on Pujols, Ohtani, Trout and how the Angels bond over golf
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Jayson and Doug welcome Angels manager Joe Maddon back to Starkville for a return visit. Less than a week after the team DFA'd Albert Pujols, Maddon opens up about the decision, how it went down and how the team has responded. He also explains the club's philosophy in using Shohei Ohtani this year, how Mike Trout could take on more of a leadership roll and how golf and the "GGA" is helping the team bond on the road. Jayson and Doug also discuss the Mets latest missteps with Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil and the New York City rat or raccoon. That plus Strange but True and trivia! Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2021
Ken's Mailbag | Bad contracts, no-hitter fatigue and the lost art of throwing inside
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This week on the Monday mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster discuss Ronald Acuna's injury and how it could have been avoided and what took Shane Greene so long to find a team. Then it's on to the mailbag: -Is Albert Pujols' contract the worst in MLB history? -Are no-hitters becoming too common? -Can Shohei Ohani do this all season? -What's the ideal pitch clock time? -Will MLB ever fire umpires for bad calls? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Pujols and the Angels part ways, the ascent of John Means, and an early test for the Dodgers' pitching depth
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss the Angels' decision to designate Albert Pujols for assignment -- and the incredible start to his Hall-of-Fame career -- before discussing the surprising development of John Means in the wake of his no-hitter earlier this week, and the Dodgers' pitching depth in the wake of Dustin May's season-ending elbow injury.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/mo to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2021
MLB Power Rankings One Month Into The Season
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to serve you up a fresh cup of MLB Power Rankings after the first month of baseball. The guys debate their top 5 teams in baseball after the first month. Next they give 3 teams that are just outside the Top 5 that have impressed and could move their way up in the next few weeks. And finally they give a few teams that have disappointed so far in the 1st month of the season. According to Hunter, there is no wrong answer, but we will see if there is any disagreements in their selections. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
The pitchers are winning + Rex Hudler talks Royals and shares hilarious stories from his playing days
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The pitchers are winning early in the season and Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville try to figure out why before welcoming Rex Hudler to Starkville. The former big leaguer and current Royals broadcaster explains why Kansas City has been the surprise team in baseball through one month, plus... -Getting booed on Opening Day at the Vet -Catching a ball from Ripken's 2131 -One of the great practical jokers -His relationship with his son Cade who has Down Syndrome -When he knew it was time to go from the dugout to the broadcast booth The guys wrap things up by brainstorming potential names for a sitcom starring Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman. Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2021
The Brewers and Royals surprising hot starts, Matt Harvey's resurgence and honoring Hank
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This week on the Monday mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster talk about the Brewers hot start and continued troubles with MLB Instant Replay. In the mailbag... -Should the Royals be getting more attention? -Is MLB tracking Carter Stewart's progress in Japan? -What is Matt Harvey doing differently? -Why won't MLB use technology to eliminate sign stealing? -Will Hank Aaron's #44 be on the field at the All Star Game in Denver? Those questions and more! To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimMMcMaster Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
The Vlad Jr. we were promised, the A's unusual start + Wander Franco to Triple-A
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law discuss the early success of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Oakland Athletics' unusual hot start + more early surprises to believe in. The duo also discusses top prospect, Wander Franco heading to Triple-A. Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
What makes a stud pitcher, Overrated stats, #AskHunter & Sudden Death HR Dual
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee are back with some freshly brewed baseball talk. They are going to talk about what makes a stud pitcher, overrated stats in baseball, sudden death home run duals in the minors and some more #AskHunter questions. There are some surprising teams this year early part of the season and their starting pitching is the reason why. The guys discuss what goes into star stud pitchers in baseball. Hunter goes into what is harder to do- pitching or hitting. They talk about what stats they think are overrated in baseball and what ones are more important in their minds. Was Madison Bumgarner's 7 inning no-hitter a legit no-no? They talk about the smoking hot Oakland A's. And they take some #AskHunter questions and talk about a crazy new minor league rule that was just made for extra inning games Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Naming MadBum's non no-no and baseball stories with Jay Bruce
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Jayson and Doug explain why Madison Bumgarner's 7-inning no-hitter IS a no-hitter. Then Jay Bruce visits the show because Starkville is an ideal destination after wrapping up a 14-year Major League career. He talks about... -Being on either side of a no-hitter twice -His favorite career moments -Ken Griffey Jr. stories -Joey Votto stories -Knowing when to say goodbye Plus trivia and Doug charts his path to an EGOT after his recent Emmy nomination for writing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
The Dodgers and Padres light up SoCal, the Mets are wasting Jacob deGrom and more
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This week on the Monday mailbag, Ken Rosenthal and Tim McMaster talk about the Dodgers-Padres rivalry and Ken shares more info from his story with Eno Sarris about pitchers using foreign substances for grip. Then, inside the mailbag... -Can the Mets fix their defensive woes and are they wasting Jacob deGrom's career? -Is Joey Votto a Hall of Famer? -Are the Blue Jays a playoff team? -Should players be penalized for bat flipping and showboating? -When can you start rooting for your team again after they cheat? -Should all ballparks have the same playing dimensions? -Are umpires responsible for slowing down the game? Those questions and more. To be a part of next week's episode call the voicemail at 646-543-7072 or email tabaseballshow@gmail.com… Join the athletic now for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Padres injury woes, when we’ll see Wander and what’s wrong with Javier Baez
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Derek VanRiper and Keith Law react to Dinelson Lamet's injury. What does it mean for the Padres pitching staff, specifically Ryan Weathers and top prospect MacKenzie Gore? Then DVR and Keith look at potential early call ups who could start making their debuts. With service time no longer an issue, players like Wander Franco, Alex Kirilloff and Jarred Kelenic could be joining their Major League clubs soon. Later in the show, the guys try to find answers to what's wrong with Javier Baez, Keston Hiura and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Catchers Deserve More Credit in No-Hitters, Old School vs Analytics & #AskHunter
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence and Grant Brisbee are here to serve you another fresh cup of baseball talk. They are gonna break down catchers needing more credit in no-hitters, old school style vs analytics and some #AskHunter questions. Catchers are sometimes the unsung heroes of no-hitters and deserve more credit. Sometimes it's not always the star catcher on the team that has a special connection with their pitcher. Hunter talks about the balance in the game of old school thinking vs analytics and how he would do if he was starting out now in the new analytics world of baseball. They get into some #ASKHUNTER questions and give predictions on the Dodgers-Padres series coming up this weekend. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
The strangest but truest podcast ever, plus the Double Hook is happening!
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If you love baseball oddities, you love Jayson Stark and you should also love Sarah Langs. Put these two greats together and you have the strangest but truest podcast ever! Jayson and Sarah explain what led them down the path to baseball's numbers, records and overall weirdness and why they're driven to ask questions about the game that most people don't even consider. Then Starkville becomes a family affair as Sarah's mom stops by. The guys also discuss the rise of the Double Hook... the new rule in the Atlantic League that was named by Jayson and take a moment to marvel at the perseverance of Sean Kazmar Jr. Sarah also delivers this week's trivia question: Nelson Cruz almost became the first player to lead his league in HRs last year in a season in which he turned 40. The oldest HR champ of all time was 38 when he won. Who is he?  To join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month, visit theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
Mets culture, how good are the Dodgers and where did Akil Baddoo come from in this week's Monday mailbag
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Ken Rosenthal answers your questions on specific teams and players or the biggest storylines facing MLB. In this week's mailbag: -Explaining the timing of The Athletic's story on Mets culture -Are the Dodgers better than the 90's Braves? -Where did Akil Baddoo come from? -Should technology be taken out of the dugout? -Impact of MLB expansion Those topics and more. If you want to get involved in the show you can reach the voicemail line at: 646-543-7072 or Email: tabaseballshow@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Carlos Rodón's resurgence, early pitching risers, and Keith's updated 2021 MLB draft prospect rankings
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Keith Law and Derek VanRiper discuss Carlos Rodón's long road back to the White Sox's rotation and Wednesday's no-hitter against Cleveland, early pitching risers, the changing profile of Byron Buxton, and Keith's recently updated Top 50 prospects list for the 2021 first-year player draft.  Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
The Art of pinch hitting, early interesting division battles and deep bullpens
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to serve you a hot cup of baseball talk this week. They will talk about the art of pinch hitting, some early season interesting division battles and how deep bullpens are a big key for championship teams. Pablo Sandoval has great career numbers as a pinch hitter and Hunter talks about what makes The Panda so great at it. The guys break down some of the early season interesting division battles. The NL East is off to an interesting start and the AL West is pretty much wide open so far. The Giants are really surprising in the NL West and are using great pitching, hitting and defense to get the job done. Farhan Zaidi has a system set up to find the best out of players in every situation during a game. The Red Sox have surprised so far in the AL East and their bullpen has been pretty impressive. Hunter talks about how a deep bullpen is something that a lot of the World Series winning teams have had in the past 10 seasons. And they talk about Hunter's approach as a pinch hitter and if he remembers who he hit his first MLB pinch hit HR off. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Why Joe Buck hates your team, fixing replay and remembering The Vet
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Joe Buck visits Starkville to discuss his power to jinx no hitters, why he hates your team, why he doesn't love bass fishing, his favorite World Series games, his relationship with his dad and much more (22:10).   Also on this episode, Jayson and Doug set out to fix instant replay (1:00), and in the latest edition of Tales from the Doug-out, Glanville shares stories of his favorite stadium of all time, The Vet, which would be celebrating its 50th birthday this month (1:12:25). This week's trivia from David Salituro (@DavidSalituro): Johnny Vaner Meer famously has the record for the fewest starts between no-hitters. Who hasthe second-shortest span between no-hitters? Hint: This pitcher coincidentally also has the record for most starts before his first (1:04:40). To join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month, visit theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Trevor Bauer's suspicious baseballs, Gleyber Torres' struggles at short and the Padres' need for bullpen help
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Ken Rosenthal shares his thoughts on Trevor Bauer, MLB cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances (2:30) and much more in the mailbag... -How will the Yankees address shortstop problems? -Do the Padres need to add more pieces this season? -Is Tony La Russa in over his head in Chicago? -Will MLB expand the playoffs in 2022? To get involved you can leave a voicemail at 646-543-7072 or Email TABASEBALLSHOW@GMAIL.COM and you can join The Athletic for just $3.99 per month by visiting theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Ha-seong Kim's opportunity, slow starts for Hiura and Vaughn, and expectations for Yermín Mercedes and Akil Baddoo
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Keith Law and Derek VanRiper discuss the Padres' options at shortstop with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the IL, expectations for Geraldo Perdomo in Arizona, early surprises -- including Andrew Vaughn's slow start at the plate, Keston Hiura's struggle to make contact -- the potential impact of learning a new defensive position on offensive production, and more.  Rundown 2:21 Ha-seong Kim & the Padres’ Depth Behind Fernando Tatis Jr.  9:06 The Importance of Seeing Players Against Upper Level Competition 15:53 Geraldo Perdomo Gets the Call to Arizona 19:00 Andrew Vaughn’s Slow Start at the Plate 22:14 Keston Hiura’s Soaring Strikeout Rate 27:08 How Sustainable is Yermín Mercedes as a Big League Hitter? 32:45 Akil Baddoo’s Huge First Week 36:04 The Value of Game Reps for Rebuilding Teams Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99/month to start: theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
First week surprising teams & players to keep an eye on
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are back to talk about an exciting opening week of baseball and what teams/players surprised them the first week. One of their biggest surprises of the opening week was how much the A's have struggled so far. The Phils and Angels really impressed the guys in the first week of the season. Ohtani has looked amazing at the plate and on the mound so far. Mike Trout has shown a lot more fire this season and you can see if effecting the team in a good way. Hunter talks about what it takes to be able to be the vocal leader of a team and how you have to be able to back it up on the field. Hunter talks about how hard it is to hit off Kershaw. They talk about how much the Tatis Jr injury will hurt the Padres and baseball in general. And Hunter talks about 2 young players that have really surprised him so far in the early season. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Shattered: Hope, Heartbreak and the New York Knicks
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We are excited to announce The Athletic's new podcast series - Shattered: Hope, Heartbreak and the New York Knicks. Hosted by hip-hop legend Chuck D, the series dives deep on the past 20 years of the Knicks. Shattered reveals never-heard-before stories about the Knicks, team owner James Dolan and the NBA, with interviews from dozens of voices including franchise legend Patrick Ewing. This is the first 5 minutes of episode one - a look at how the 90's Knicks team broke apart.  To listen to the rest click this link or search Shattered wherever you get your podcasts.  A new episode of Shattered will be released every Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
Baseball's wild opening week and the hilarious broadcasting duo of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow
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Starkville: The first week of the 2021 MLB season has been filled with strange but true moments. Cody Bellinger home run that was an out, Miguel Cabrera sliding into 2nd on a home run in the snow and Shohei Ohtani's incredible performance on the mound and at the plate. Jayson and Doug cover all of that before being joined by Giants broadcasting legends Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow for a hilarious conversation about their careers and baseball today (33:15). Plus listener trivia and much more on the latest episode of Starkville (25:00). Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Jamie Pridmore on Twitter: @Prid72 Subscribe to The Athletic for just $3.99 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
MLB moves the All-Star Game out of Georgia, Francisco Lindor's impact on the shortstop market, and why there isn't a universal DH yet
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Ken Rosenthal answers your questions every Monday on The Athletic Baseball Show. This week he starts off by weighing in on MLB's decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia this summer. Then it's into the mailbag... -How will Francisco Lindor's contract impact other shortstops like Trevor Story and Dansby Swanson? -Why hasn't baseball instituted the universal DH? -Should teams and players be panalized for getting COVID? -Can the Reds be trusted to develop their young talent? Those questions and much more. You can be a part of next week's show by leaving Ken a voicemail at 646-543-7072 or by leaving an email at tabaseballshow@theathletic.com. Subscribe to The Athletic at a special discounted price at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Francisco Lindor's extension and top prospects on Opening Day rosters
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Keith Law and Derek VanRiper discuss Francisco Lindor's 10-year extension with the Mets, top prospects that found their way onto Opening Day Rosters -- including Jonathan India, Kyle Isbel and Jazz Chisholm --Bobby Witt Jr.'s proximity to the big leagues, and how teams might adjust to Randy Arozarena on the heels of his outstanding 2020. Follow Keith on Twitter: @KeithLaw Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Previewing the MLB Season, Opening Day Stories and Season Predictions
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The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee is here and ready to wake you up with some hot takes on baseball, Opening Day stories and predictions for the upcoming season. Lots of interesting teams heading into the season and the guys gives their thoughts on who are the top dogs and what team's could surprise. Hunter tells a story about how his former teammate Lance Lynn goes from a cuddly bear to a werewolf on the day he starts. The guys tell some stories of their favorite Opening Day memories from on and off the field. And they gives some predictions of who will win the World Series and a crazy prediction that nobody would expect. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @hunterpence Follow Grant on Twitter: @GrantBrisbee Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Theo Epstein is determined to fix baseball
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Starkville: After breaking curses and bringing championships to the Red Sox and Cubs, Theo Epstein is now working to fix Major League Baseball. Starkville opens up in it’s new location and Jayson Stark and Doug Glanville welcome Theo to town. He explains why baseball is resistant to change and the guys break down the new rules coming to the minor leagues and how they can bring about a renaissance in the sport. Jayson and Doug also discuss what Opening Day means and whether or not Spring Training numbers matter at all. Listener Trivia is back with Ryan Thompson doing his best to stump Starkville. Follow Jayson on Twitter: @jaysonst Follow Doug on Twitter: @dougglanville Follow Ryan Thompson on Twitter: @RThomps11 Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1 per month at theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
MLB's biggest storylines in 2021, plus predictions and more on the debut episode
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On the debut episode of The Athletic Baseball Show, Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark look ahead to Opening Day. Is anyone ready to play 162 games? Can Shohei Ohtani be Freddie Freeman and Gerrit Cole combined? What's in story for the Astros as fans return to the ballpark? Plus predictions and more! There are three ways to reach get your question to Ken... -Voicemail: 646-543-7072 -Twitter: #AskKen -Email: tabaseballshow@gmail.com To save on a subscription to The Athletic, visit theathletic.com/baseballshow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Welcome to The Athletic Baseball Show
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Coming soon, The Athletic Baseball Show brings you the best of The Athletic on one podcast feed. Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Hunter Pence, Keith Law, Grant Brisbee, Derek VanRiper and more come together four days per week to guide you through the Major League Baseball season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021