The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

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Bill Simmons and a rotating group of Ringer staffers talking baseball.


Ep. 37: The Playoff Futures Draft  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about the Dodgers' subtle scoreboard trolling and rank this year's playoff teams, and 10 more that missed the cut, in order of how likely they are to make the postseason in 2017. Then, they talk to a real-life Indians fan, Ringer staff writer Rob Harvilla, about his expectations and emotions on the eve of Cleveland's first World Series appearance in almost 20 years.

Ep. 36: Playoff Tactics Talk  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk about Trevor Bauer's bleeding, the resurgence of short-rest postseason starts (02:10), and the October bullpen evolution (03:50). Then, they bring on the official historian of MLB, John Thorn, and author Steven Goldman to discuss some other unorthodox tactics from baseball's past that modern teams could consider bringing back (09:20).

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann recount Clayton Kershaw's heroic, short-rest relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS (1:00), then bring on ESPN play-by-play man Boog Sciambi to discuss how he's preparing for the ALCS and why no one likes national broadcasters (6:30). Lastly, Ben and Michael analyze the ALCS and NLCS matchups and pronounce their pick for each series (37:00).

Ep. 34: October Grab Bag  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the status of the Cubs-Giants NLDS and the secret to Chicago's incomparable run prevention (7:40), then talk about their takeaways from the sweeps of the Rangers and Red Sox (17:47) and explain the difficulty of copying the Indians' Andrew Miller model (21:40). Lastly, they debate whether the instant replay process needs to be amended for slide plays (33:33) and puzzle over the lackluster postseason performance of David Price and Clayton Kershaw (48:36).

Ep. 33: The Postseason's Secret Weapon  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann make a few grudging playoff predictions (3:04), then bring on Royals major league advance scout Alec Zumwalt (9:18) to discuss how teams prepare to take on their October opponents (11:30), the scouting insights that helped the Royals win back-to-back pennants (15:38), the differences between scouting in person and scouting via video and stats (25:25), and the scouting perspective on the decision not to send Alex Gordon in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series (45:17).

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Athletics third-base coach and former Rangers skipper Ron Washington (3:30) about postseason tactics and managing the first-ever AL wild-card game. Then, they bring on Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro (27:25) to discuss Arizona's dysfunctional front office and the firings of GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.

Title: Ep. 31: Michael Schur and a Sidearm Success Story  

Description: The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the Indians' Monday makeup dilemma (2:07) and Theo Epstein's contract extension (5:57). Then, they talk to 'The Good Place' creator Michael Schur about the Red Sox (14:07), the state of baseball discourse (23:50), and the intersections of sports and TV (36:26). Lastly, they ask A's pitcher Andrew Triggs about his unique delivery (59:18) and surprising performance this season (1:00:42).

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Braves president of baseball operations (and former Indians and Rangers GM) John Hart about his history of hiring executives who've gone on to run other teams (6:00). Then, they bring on Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Aaron Gleeman (36:30) to discuss the newest branch on Hart's tree, Derek Falvey, who'll reportedly take over the behind-the-times Twins.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former MLB pitcher Dan Haren about the latest blowup between Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig (2:43) as well as the nature of unwritten rules (17:51). Then, in honor of Vin Scully Appreciation Day, they bring on Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis to ask him about being the heir to Scully's mic (43:44).

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann banter about whether the Indians are doomed in October after their recent rash of injuries, and then talk to Kevin Falls, the executive producer and showrunner of 'Pitch,' about the making of the new Fox series and the secret history of 'Summer Catch.' Lastly, they bring on professional baseball players Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore to discuss their thoughts on 'Pitch' and their experience competing against men this summer.

Ep. 27: A GM Suspension and a GM Search  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to San Diego Union-Tribune Padres beat writer Dennis Lin about the suspension of boundary-pushing Padres general manager A.J. Preller. Then, they bring on Korn Ferry consultant Jed Hughes to discuss how his company helps MLB teams (including the Blue Jays, Brewers, and Twins) select and hire GMs.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the unprecedented four-team race in the American League East. Then, they bring on FanGraphs writers Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan to investigate why the AL has beaten the NL in interleague play for 13 consecutive seasons.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to MLB Advanced Media director of R&D Daren Willman and senior data architect Tom Tango about the latest developments with baseball's Statcast tracking system. Then, they bring on Braves organist Matthew Kaminski to talk about his crowdsourced taunting of opposing players.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Baseball America national writer Ben Badler about Yoan Moncada, Byron Buxton, José De Leon, and other high-profile prospects called up this month. Then, they bring on Angels director of player personnel Justin Hollander to discuss the unsung grunt work that prevents front offices from making major administrative mistakes.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Padres bullpen catcher Justin Hatcher about why being an MLB bullpen catcher is secretly the best job in baseball. Then, Ben talks to Indians manager Terry Francona about Cleveland's innovative usage of relief ace Andrew Miller, who's broken the modern mold for late-inning relievers since his mid-season move.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former major league catcher and current Yankees catching coordinator Josh Paul about how Gary Sánchez got to the big leagues and became the hottest hitter on earth. Then, they bring on MLB veteran David Aardsma to discuss his scouting report on Tim Tebow, who's about to try out for MLB teams.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Astros director of pro scouting Kevin Goldstein about the scouting, signing, and big league debut of Yulieski Gurriel. Then, Ben brings on former Dodgers VP of medical services and head athletic trainer Stan Conte to discuss how the Dodgers have succeeded despite leading MLB in disabled-list stints in consecutive seasons.

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

The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Michael Baumann offer up five potential playoff contenders and determine whether it's time for these teams to hit the panic button as we enter the stretch run of the MLB season.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh talks to Cubs baseball operations assistant John Baker and Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development Brian Bannister about how the two former big leaguers are melding their major league experience and their interest in analytics to optimize player performance and bridge the gap between the front office and the field.

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

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann get firsthand accounts of the discovery and development of surprise superstars José Altuve and Mookie Betts from former Astros assistant GM (and current Pirates scout) Ricky Bennett and Red Sox VP of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye.

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