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MLB insider Ken Rosenthal covers baseball’s latest news and pressing issues every week with his unfiltered commentary and inside access from sources around the game. Weekly staples include The Lede, Dude and Dork of the week, and Inside Dish with a closer look at Ken’s articles in The Athletic. Ken also answers your questions every week. Drop a line in the reviews and Ken will do his best to reply on his next show!

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MLB insider Ken Rosenthal covers baseball’s latest news and pressing issues every week with his unfiltered commentary and inside access from sources around the game. Weekly staples include The Lede, Dude and Dork of the week, and Inside Dish with a closer look at Ken’s articles in The Athletic. Ken also answers your questions every week. Drop a line in the reviews and Ken will do his best to reply on his next show!

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Episodes
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PANIC meters - Snell, Goldy, Hendricks, Abreu, booing Judge, Mendoza’s Mets

4/22/2024
Ken Rosenthal gauges the panic meter for four marquee players underperforming to start the season: Blake Snell, Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu & Kyle Hendricks. The Mets looked disinteresting in Spring Training, but now they've got juice! Ken explains how his initial impressions have changed, thanks in part to first-year manager Carlos Mendoza. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including why every team doesn't have a retractable roof, biggest small market surprises, Juan Soto's next contract & what's wrong with Aaron Judge?? Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:28:13

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Mets real? Dodgers down, Angels lose Robert Stephenson, EARLY trade deadline chatter

4/18/2024
Ken Rosenthal & Alanna Rizzo tackle the early season Mets surge. We will learn more about them this weekend when they face the Dodgers. What are the Guardians and Brewers doing right to lead their Central divisions? EARLY trade deadline question coming through but Ken's on it. Ken & Alanna answer your questions LIVE in Grillin' Ken and award their Dudes & Dorks of the Week. Catch the Thursday version of Fair Territory LIVE at 12:30p ET on the FT Network

Duration:00:29:53

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Ippei IS NOT Ohtani's "fall guy", Astros deep dive, Braves & Brewers pitching health

4/15/2024
Ken Rosenthal's message to conspiracy theorists: Ippei Mizuhara isn't Shohei Ohtani's "fall guy." Ken unpacks how the 37-page federal complaint against Mizuhara shows Ohtani is the innocent victim against his former interpreter. Inside Dish takes a closer look at pitching depth for three teams: the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves & Milwaukee Brewers. Ken explains that the team to navigate through losing some key pieces on the mound will be the team standing tall in October. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including if the Braves are in the market for another starter, who Ken would unilaterally put into the Hall of Fame and how MLB really feels about notorious umpire Ángel Hernández. Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:25:54

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Ippei Mizuhara drama, chilly Cardinals bats, Orioles talent surge

4/11/2024
What's the latest with Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara? Ken Rosenthal & Alanna Rizzo updates us on the next steps in the investigation. The game’s #1 overall prospect, Jackson Holliday, headlines the O's oncoming youth movement. Ken and Alanna review the ridiculous overflow of young talent in Baltimore. How concerned should the St. Louis Cardinals be about their big bats off to a sluggish start? Plus, Ken & Alanna share the most famous people in their phones and answer your LIVE questions in Grillin' Ken. One fan asks if the league should have the commissioner and CEO jobs separate. Also, robo ump q's emerge! Questions for Ken & Alanna? Ask him on this show every Thursday LIVE at 12:30p ET on the FT NETWORK

Duration:00:29:27

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MLB arm injury crisis, Marlins void Skip's 2025 deal, Strasburg's legacy, Dodgers historic O

4/8/2024
Ken Rosenthal is fired up about MLB's pitching injury crisis. He argues that the league v. players approach is a FAIL. Ken reacts to news that manager Skip Schumaker is a "lame duck" one year after guiding the team to the playoffs and winning NL Manager of the Year. He predicts what Schumaker and Alex Cora could earn on the manager open market this offseason. Miami's 0-9 start reminded Ken of the 1988 Baltimore Orioles who started 0-21. Inside Dish shares stories covering that infamous team. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including Stephen Strasburg's complicated legacy, comparing this year's Dodgers lineup to historically great offenses, the Red Sox options at shortstop following Trevor Story's injury & what to make of the Royals early season surge. Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:26:00

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A’s moving to Sacramento, Yankees stellar trip, RIP Larry Lucchino

4/4/2024
Ken Rosenthal blasts MLB for the "absolute charade" of the A's relocation mess, which now stops in Sacramento. Alanna Rizzo questions the next steps in this saga. Alanna and Ken detail a hot Yankees start that could be even more promising than it looks! RIP to legendary baseball executive Larry Lucchino. Ken and Alanna share inside stories and want him to be in the Hall of Fame. Questions for Ken or Alanna?! Ask it LIVE in the FT Youtube chat on Thursdays 12:30p ET

Duration:00:29:14

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Juan Soto's MONSTER weekend, another Pirates hot start, Mets frustration

4/1/2024
Ken Rosenthal recaps opening weekend headlined by Juan Soto's huge performance to lead the Yankees to a sweep in Houston. Soto is starting his contract year in a BIG way. The Rhys Hoskins slide hooplah was not the only problem for the Mets falling to the Brewers. The Pirates are off to another hot start. Ken explains why Pittsburgh's upcoming schedule should give them room to keep rolling. Inside Dish unpacks the multi-layered story on the Dodgers $1.3 billion offseason. Ken rehashes how the reporting came about & why it's one of the all-time favorite stories he’s ever written. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including the suspensions dolled out to the Mets, the media sleeping on the Rangers, surprise teams & worst overreaction after the first weekend of baseball. Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:26:17

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OPENING DAY THOUGHTS! Will Smith extension, Boras scorecard

3/28/2024
The offseason is OVER and we had a Jordan Montgomery signing at the buzzer. Ken Rosenthal & Alanna Rizzo discuss the strong offseason moves by the Diamondbacks and also cover the Will Smith extension news in the NL West. Did the Dodgers get a bargain and help out their luxury tax penalty? Opening Day thoughts with all the feels. Ken Rosenthal and Alanna Rizzo get us excited for MLB 2024 season LIFTOFF! One Grillin' Ken question leads to a deep dive rookie discussion. The game is in a great place with young talent! Send us your q's LIVE on Fair Territory every Thursday 12:30p ET with Ken & Alanna --> FT Channel

Duration:00:29:55

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Ohtani story unknowns, MLBPA drama, Mets sign J.D. Martinez

3/25/2024
Ken Rosenthal recaps what is still unknown in the Shohei Ohtani & Ippei Mizuhara story. Ohtani is set to speak sometime Monday - Ken cautions fans to temper expectations. He also reacts to the Mets inking J.D. Martinez to a 1-year, $12 million deal. Ken argues the Orioles sent down Jackson Holliday with legitimate, baseball concerns about the star prospect. No service time manipulation here. Plus, Wyatt Langford is ready to mash in the middle of the Texas Rangers lineup. Inside Dish unpacks the latest in the MLBPA story. Ken is hearing rumblings & another labor battle looms. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including if White Sox manager Pedro Grifol is on the hot seat in Chicago, a timeline for Jordan Montgomery to sign & Ken's most heartfelt moment covering baseball. Ken also looks ahead to covering his first game of the season: Yankees at Astros Saturday on FOX. Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and Alanna Rizzo. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:23:38

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Ohtani Fallout, Yamamoto shelled, MLBPA turmoil, GM hot seats!

3/21/2024
Welcome Alanna Rizzo to the FT fam, and the first LIVE Fair Territory with Ken Rosenthal! Ken & Alanna dive into the Shohei Ohtani translator scandal. They also unpack the Dodgers & Padres splitting the Seoul Series & explain why it's WAY too soon to hit the panic button on Yoshinobu Yamamoto. With dissenting voices getting louder, will the latest MLBPA turmoil lead to major changes? Pitching reinforcements are still out there (@Jordan Montgomery & @Mike Clevinger). Ken & Alanna tie in the union storm with the Texas Rangers inking Michael Lorenzen to a 1-year deal. LIVE Grillin' Ken includes GMs on the hot seat, Yankees depth pursuits & real NL West contenders. Don't miss: A pair of Dudes & Dorks of the Week! The Foul Territory fam is growing! Catch the next Fair Territory with Ken Rosenthal & Dodgers Territory debut on Monday! Baseball the way it should be covered --> FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:41:11

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Blake Snell buyers beware? Mookie Betts welcomes BIG challenge

3/18/2024
Ken Rosenthal shares concerns with signing Blake Snell this close to the season, especially if Snell seeks a one-year deal. Capable arms are out there for teams who need pitching reinforcements: @Yankees @Astros Mookie Betts wants the challenge of moving to shortstop. Inside Dish weighs the Dodgers risk/reward moving their gold-glove superstar to an entirely new position. BREAKING NEWS! Fair Territory will be LIVE on Thursdays at 12:30p ET all season long! Get your questions ready for Ken and a new host-to-be-named-later. Watch Fair Territory on the FT YouTube channel

Duration:00:22:27

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Mookie Betts Moving to SS, Votto Finds his True North, Noelvi Marte Suspended

3/10/2024
Ken Rosenthal weighs in on Mookie Betts moving to shortstop after Gavin Lux’s case of the mysterious “yips”. Joey Votto feels like a kid again after signing a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ken talks about Reds rookie Noelvi Marte getting handed an 80-game PED suspension. Grillin' Ken answers your q's every week! Watch Fair Territory on the FT channel

Duration:00:23:18

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Matt Chapman's Giants value, Ronald Acuña Jr. health concerns, Mike Trout’s patience with Angels thinning?

3/3/2024
Ken Rosenthal reacts to the Giants landing Matt Chapman to a deal rife with opt-outs and doesn’t believe GM Farhan Zaidi saying their offseason is complete! Ronald Acuña Jr. is flying across the country to see a specialist about his right knee. That fact alone is concerning for the Braves. Inside Dish explores a conversation Ken had with Angels legend Mike Trout saying he’s "hellbent" on returning to his former self and Ken points to signs that his desire to play with one team might not last. Dude of the Week got his ring & Dork of the Week is coming up short where it matters most: in the guarantees. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including the new device hitters will use to prep for relievers, where Ken stands on expansion to 32 cities & odds that Alex Cora odds finishes the season as Red Sox skipper. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:24:09

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Cubs land Cody Bellinger, Boras FA aftermath, Pirates aren't fooling us

2/25/2024
Ken Rosenthal reacts to Cody Bellinger inking a "pillow" deal with the Chicago Cubs. Did Scott Boras overplay his hand with his free agent class? The Pirates may be telling us they're ready to compete but Ken explains how a lot needs to go right if owner Bob Nutting won't spend in free agency. Plus, a look at Eduardo Rodriguez emulating Pedro Martinez at D'Backs camp. Dudes of the Week flocked to Fans Fast in Oakland over the weekend & the Dork of the Week can't admit it screwed up these new uniforms. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including if the Mariners are better, why it feels like the Angels aren't trying to improve, and a non-playoff team from last year that will make it to October. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:22:15

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Scott Boras staring contest continues, "poorly constructed Padres" & absurd Strasburg saga

2/19/2024
Ken Rosenthal questions if the six Scott Boras unsigned clients will ever get the deals they want. The Cubs, Giants, Yankees & Rangers haven't blinked yet and the stand off has no end in sight. Ken tries to make sense of the disjointed and "poorly constructed" San Diego Padres. Xander Bogaerts is changing positions but is it the best move for the team long-term? Inside Dish unpacks how to share news during tragic situations. Ken relates his Kansas City Royals article to times when he broke tragic news during the World Series. Dude of the Week amazed Ken during their first encounter. Dork of the Week could be Rob Manfred for another tone deaf comment, but instead, it's the Washington Nationals for forcing Stephen Strasburg to report to camp. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including if the Yankees will ink another starting pitcher, candidates to replace Manfred as MLB's commissioner, why Gary Sanchez signing with the Brewers is still up in the air & if Ken will ever show up with the Savannah Bananas! Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:29:51

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Ken's Top 5 Spring Storylines, Kenley Jansen rumors, Bellinger or Soler for WS contender?

2/12/2024
Ken Rosenthal's Top 5 spring training storylines include the Dodger machine, Juan Soto's Yankees, contract extension candidates, eight new managers and the Boras Four. Plus, a look at the NL Central with the Pittsburgh Pirates adding Yasmani Grandal to the squad. Inside Dish explores how Ken covers spring training in Arizona & Florida. Ken also looks at how Carlos Correa set up a memorable interview after Cody Bellinger started squawking. Dude of the Week had an almost robotic run in Cleveland & Dupes of the Week owe John Fisher millions of public funds. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including the Red Sox plan with Kenley Jansen, if the D'Backs are shopping for a right-handed bat & whether Bellinger or Jorge Soler would fit better on a World Series contender. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:21:08

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Bobby Witt Jr. inks Royals extension, PACKED DodgerFest, Corbin Burnes trade aftermath

2/5/2024
Ken Rosenthal dives into Bobby Witt Jr.'s 11-year, $288.7 million extension and how it impacts KC. (10:31) (7:05) LA floods DodgerFest. Ken says the 2024 Dodgers will be the game's top story. Hear from Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts & Shohei Ohtani. (0:59) Good times are here for the Orioles: New management with deep pockets & (21:47) Dude of the Week Mike Elias gets his ace. (13:25) Inside Dish unpacks the Corbin Burnes trade. Ken explains why Milwaukee had to make the move and why calls for a salary cap and a Burnes Brewers extension weren't reasonable options. (23:12) Ken is tired of the racially motivated Dorks of the Week who destroyed the Jackie Robinson statue in Kansas. (24:00) Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including how the Giants will fill the Ross Stripling vacancy in their rotation, a surprise team to keep on the radar & Ken's history covering no hitters. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:29:56

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Hector Neris deal breakdown, Oneil Cruz extension talks, Vagabond A's fiasco

1/29/2024
Ken Rosenthal explains why the Hector Neris Cubs deal is exactly where it should be. Inside Dish unpacks the unprecedented decision-making John Fisher's A's face with their temporary ballpark. Why would any free agent want to play there? Ken presents the case on why Fisher's ramp up payroll plan is probably not going to happen. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including new thresholds for Hall of Fame pitching stats, Mariners young arms & if Oneil Cruz is angling for a Pirates extension. Highlights from the BBWAA Awards Dinner include Shohei Ohtani addressing the crowd in English. Dudes of the Week got their Hall calls & Dorks of the Week are those vote shamers among us. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:24:25

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Jim Crane breaks character, HOF tracker update, Fall of Print Media

1/22/2024
Ken Rosenthal argues that the Astros championship window is shrinking. Maybe that's why owner Jim Crane broke character and signed a DUDE he's coveted for years! The BBWAA should induct a big class to the Hall of Fame. Ken examines the players trending towards Cooperstown immortality. Plus, a recap of a rough week in journalism. Dorks of the Week need to save their breaths in torching Anthony Rendon. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including why anyone would want to sign with the A's, could Mike Trout be in play for the Phillies & where does Clayton Kershaw could end up?? Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:31:48

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175 Free Agents left, Juan Soto's the DUDE & Ken doesn't hate your team!

1/16/2024
Ken Rosenthal explores being a month away from spring training with a whopping 175 free agents still out there. He tries to answer how we got to this point and whether the sport would ever have a signing deadline. Inside Dish reflects on "The Machine" Albert Pujols on his 44th birthday, including a post script to an all-time World Series individual performance. Dude of the Week just got paid, and will get paid again. Dorks of the Week left off an obvious name on their Top 10 catchers list. Grillin' Ken answers your questions, including why Ken doesn't hate the Padres, what plan the Angels have & whether or not teams are tired of dealing with Scott Boras. Watch Fair Territory every week on the Foul Territory Youtube channel

Duration:00:25:52