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Ringer staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with other Ringer writers, plugged-in media members, and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

Ringer staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with other Ringer writers, plugged-in media members, and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

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Ringer staff writers Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down baseball's biggest and silliest stories, mixing in interviews with other Ringer writers, plugged-in media members, and insiders from the front office to the dugout.

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English


Episodes

MLB Delays Opening Day, Suspends Spring Training | The Ringer MLB Show

3/12/2020
We gather for an update to our previous conversation about the coronavirus after MLB announced that it would suspend spring training and delay the beginning of the season by at least two weeks. Hosts: Ben Lindbergh and Zach Kram

Duration:00:22:19

Uncertainty Over the Coronavirus, NL Over/Unders, and Bold Predictions | The Ringer MLB Show

3/12/2020
We briefly discuss the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus as it pertains to Major League Baseball (0:45) before previewing the upcoming season by analyzing whether teams will finish over or under their projected win totals (11:55). We finish with Zach Kram making four long-shot predictions that he thinks have a chance to play out in the National League this year (38:16). Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded Wednesday, March 11, at noon PT. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben...

Duration:01:00:16

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Astros Cheating Scandal | The Ringer MLB Show

3/4/2020
As we prepare to preview the 2020 season, we recap the biggest story of the offseason: the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal and MLB’s response to it. We run through a list of 10 questions and explain the effects the punishment will have on the 2020 season. Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Duration:01:01:28

Mookie Betts Traded From Red Sox to Dodgers | The Ringer MLB Show

2/5/2020
We convene for another emergency podcast to discuss the biggest MLB trade in years: former MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We run down what this means for the competitive balance of baseball in the 2020 season, why the Red Sox didn’t back up the Brinks truck, and more. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:35:16

GM Jeff Luhnow and Manager AJ Hinch Fired Amid Astros Cheating Scandal | The Ringer MLB Show

1/13/2020
The punishment is in: the Houston Astros' GM and manager were both suspended for a year by Major League Baseball and subsequently fired by the Astros. Has this set a strong enough precedent for what the Astros did? Plus: Will Red Sox manager Alex Cora get the worst suspension of all for his role in devising the Astros' sign-stealing scheme? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:46:54

Anthony Rendon Is the Third Star to Sign in Just One Week. What Does This Mean for Free Agency’s Health? | The Ringer MLB Show

12/12/2019
In our third emergency free-agent signing podcast of the week, we break down the contract for former Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon: seven years and $245 million to play for the Los Angeles Angels. Now that the best hitter and the best pitcher are off the market, how will the rest of free agency shake out? Plus: analysis of this year’s market versus last year’s much slower, bleaker market. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:41:21

Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees, and $324 Million—a Baseball Love Triangle | The Ringer MLB Show

12/11/2019
Gerrit Cole just signed the biggest contract in baseball history for a pitcher, and it’s not particularly close. Does this mean the Yankees are the Yankees of old, and have they upended the Astros as the best team in baseball? Plus: The AL East is stacked. Is the addition of Cole, the best pitcher in baseball, enough to win that arms race? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:37:09

Stephen Strasburg Is Back With the Nationals for Record Money. Is Gerrit Cole Up Next? | The Ringer MLB Show

12/9/2019
We react to the news that Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the Washington Nationals for the largest total contract for a pitcher in baseball history. What does this mean for his (maybe former) teammate Anthony Rendon, as well as the other top starting pitcher on the market, Gerrit Cole? Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:33:31

The Nationals' Championship Celebrations and Offseason Predictions | The Ringer MLB Show

11/5/2019
We run through the Washington Nationals' weekend in celebration, including Monday’s trip to the White House (3:00), before forecasting a slow offseason and predicting where the league’s top free agents might end up (33:51). Hosts: Michael Baumann and Zach Kram

Duration:01:01:55

The Washington Nationals Have Toppled the Houston Astros to Win the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show

10/31/2019
After a postseason in which Washington trailed in five elimination games, the Nationals clawed their way through to win their first World Series since returning to the capital. We convene to discuss how they pulled it off, the future for both the Nationals and the Astros, and the 2019 postseason at large. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:55:00

The Astros Have Taken Back Control of the World Series | The Ringer MLB Show

10/28/2019
With the Astros now up 3-2 over the Nationals, we discuss the odds that the Nationals can get back on track in this series. Will Stephen Strasburg keep their hopes alive in Game 6, and in that case, will we see Max Scherzer for a potential Game 7? Plus, we discuss the malaise hanging over the World Series after the fallout from Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman’s inappropriate comments toward a group of reporters after the ALCS victory. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh,...

Duration:00:52:33

World Series Preview: Cole vs. Scherzer, Soto vs. Hinch, and X Factors We’re Looking Out For | The Ringer MLB Show

10/21/2019
We preview the elite starting-pitcher matchups that are dominating the narrative heading into the 2019 World Series before running down a number of X factors that we think might tip the series between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:57:57

Championship Series Updates: The Astros Draw Even With the Yankees While the Cardinals Can’t Muster a Hit Against the Nats | The Ringer MLB Show

10/14/2019
The Yankees and Astros just completed one of the most well-played games in recent playoff memory, capped by a loud Carlos Correa walk off home run. With Gerrit Cole still to throw, are the Yankees a step behind in the ALCS (1:10)? On the National League side of the bracket, the Nationals’ starting rotation has completely stifled the Cardinals offense through two games. We wonder if that series is headed toward a sweep (31:13). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:56:04

The Yankees Advance, the Astros Hit a Speed Bump, and the Dodgers Might Have Found Their Equal | The Ringer MLB Show

10/8/2019
We wonder whether the American League divisional series are all but over as the Yankees sweep the Twins and the Astros tab Justin Verlander to start Game 4 (1:00). Then, we analyze the National League divisional series as they stand now, both tied at 2 and headed for fifth games (28:31). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram

Duration:00:56:55

AL and NL Wild Card and Divisional Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show

9/30/2019
Ahead of the start of the 2019 playoffs, we preview the National League (2:00) and American League (29:29) first rounds, including each league’s wild card game. Then, we answer a mailbag full of playoff questions (52:46). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guests: Bobby Wagner

Duration:01:23:43

The 2019 All-Ringer Team. Plus: Susan Slusser on the A’s Wild-Card Plans. | The Ringer MLB Show

9/24/2019
We share the NL (1:40) and AL (44:50) players whom we covered and talked about most in the 2019 season. In between those two segments, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle joins to discuss where the A’s stand as we head into the playoffs (27:10). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Susan Slusser

Duration:01:07:20

The Late-Season Injury Epidemic: How Injuries to Christian Yelich, Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and José Ramirez Could Affect the Playoff Race | The Ringer MLB Show

9/17/2019
We run through the list of stars to go down with injuries in the last two weeks and wonder what kind of effect it has on both the playoff run and the playoffs themselves (1:16). Then, FanGraphs writer Jay Jaffe joins to discuss team entropy—the idea that we should root for chaos in playoff and wild-card berths as the season wraps up (23:18). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to give out awards to the least-recognized players of the 2019 season (43:56). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach...

Duration:01:07:00

Dave Dombrowski Is Out as Red Sox President of Baseball Operations. Why? Plus: The Cubs’ Playoff Chances and the Astros Historic Offense. | The Ringer MLB Show

9/10/2019
We convene to talk about one of the strangest stories in baseball this year—Dave Dombrowski's firing less than a year after leading the Red Sox to a World Series (1:20). Then, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic joins to forecast what’s to come in the near and far future for the Chicago Cubs, including whether Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Joe Maddon will be around much longer (21:56). Finally, Ben Lindbergh joins to discuss the Houston Astros’ historic offense, the best offense compared with...

Duration:01:09:18

Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole Make the Astros World Series Favorites. Plus: Reflecting on the Black Sox Scandal, 100 Years Later. | The Ringer MLB Show

9/3/2019
Justin Verlander threw his third career no-hitter this weekend, sparking conversations about whether the Astros' dominant rotation makes them heavy favorites heading into the postseason (1:25). Plus: Jacob Pomrenke of SABR joins to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal (16:03), and Ben Lindbergh gives the rundown on players to watch out for now that rosters have expanded in September (40:02). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Jacob Pomrenke

Duration:01:04:06

The Diminishing Role of the Starter, Players’ Weekend, and Orioles vs. Tigers for Baseball’s Basement | The Ringer MLB Show

8/27/2019
After shutting down rookie starter Griffin Canning for the season, the Angels have set themselves up for a year in which none of their starters will pitch 100 innings. Is this the future of baseball (1:25)? Plus: Grant Brisbee on the boring nature of Players’ Weekend and MLB jerseys (24:07), and Ben Lindbergh on MLB’s race for the first overall pick (46:28). Hosts: Michael Baumann, Ben Lindbergh, Zach Kram Guest: Grant Brisbee

Duration:01:11:23