The Ringer MLB Show

The Ringer MLB Show

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

Episodes

Ep. 60: Prospect Conflicts and Baseball Punk  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Eric Longenhagen and Chris Mitchell from FanGraphs about the differences between the site's scouting-based and stats-based top-prospect lists and the highly ranked players who appear on the former but not the latter (02:00). Then they bring on Evan October and Justin Safely from Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club to discuss the band's origin story and songwriting process (27:00), baseball's punk-rock cred (34:00), and the Isotopes' new single, "Legend of George Brett," and forthcoming album, '1994 World Series Champions' (43:30).

Ep. 59: Spring Training Travels and Misunderstood Stats  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss whether MLB teams should limit the workloads of players on WBC teams (02:00), break down Michael's clubhouse interviewing technique (11:00), and comment on quotes from two players Michael talked to on his trip to Arizona (14:00), Rangers starter Cole Hamels (on aging and wearable sensors) and Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer (on getting hit by pitches). Then they bring on Economist editor Dan Rosenheck to talk about his study on the significance of spring training stats (27:50) and examine why earlier analysts came to incorrect conclusions about traditional baseball beliefs (35:00).

Ep. 58: Corralling the Rule-Benders and Advance Scouting the WBC  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to baseball columnist and historian Steven Goldman about the new so-called Carter Capps and David Price rules (04:00), the evolution of the pitching motion (04:40), and past examples of rule changes prompted by a specific player, person, or event (07:10). Then they bring on journalist Octavio Hernández to discuss his statistical work for the World Baseball Classic (23:55), how big the WBC is in Venezuela (28:10), and how the top teams stack up (39:05).

Ep. 57: Baseball's Rule-Fixing Fixation and the Newest Two-Way Player  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to MLB.com columnist Joe Posnanski about his new job as a full-time baseball writer (01:45), his hatred for the intentional walk (04:50), the automatic IBB rule (5:50), and why baseball fans are so attached to rules and resistant to change (12:55). Then they bring on Padres super-utility player Christian Bethancourt to discuss his conversion from catcher to two-way player who catches, pitches, and plays all over the field (27:25).

Ep. 56: How Big Leaguers Are Living the Fly Life  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Dodgers setup man Grant Dayton about being a 28-year-old rookie, his whirlwind success in 2016, his fascinating whiffs-and-flies fastball, and how a move from the Marlins to the Dodgers helped him embrace his unconventional pitching approach (0:35). Then they bring on hitting instructor Doug Latta to discuss working with big leaguers without being employed by an MLB team, reinventing Justin Turner, and why the uppercut, fly-ball-oriented swing is replacing an outmoded belief in "hitting down on the ball" (23:50). ​

Ep. 55: A Stat-Savvy Closer With Glen Perkins  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann play "College Baseball Player, Figure From American History, or Nicolas Cage Character?" (02:40) and talk to Twins pitcher Glen Perkins about his return from a torn labrum (09:45), embracing advanced stats (18:00) and preaching sabermetrics to teammates (30:30), reliever valuation and usage (33:30), and setting an entrance-song trend (38:24).

Ep. 54: Baseball in the White House and a Rebuilt Reliever  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to former White House press secretary Josh Earnest about his Royals fandom (03:20), following baseball in the White House (13:55), President Obama's trash talk (15:30), sticking (or not sticking) to sports (20:15), MLB's PR approach (24:00), the Cardinals hacking scandal (28:50), and his plans for the future (32:35). Then they bring on veteran big league reliever Craig Breslow to discuss how he used statistics and technology to emulate other relievers (36:25) and reinvent himself at the age of 36 (53:50).

Ep. 53: Jerry Dipoto and the Next Steps for Statcast  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann produce one last edition of 'What Did Jerry Dipoto Do?' with Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto (01:08), who dishes on trading tactics (03:43), GM etiquette (08:58), communicating with players (12:22), and jet lag (28:58). Then Ben and Baumann talk to MLB.com writer Mike Petriello about Statcast's progress (34:45), the fragile balance of pitcher-batter power (45:45), and coping with Coors Field (47:43).

Ep. 52: The New Stats That Help Explain Surprising Pitching  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann remember Yordano Ventura (01:32) and talk to Baseball Prospectus writers Jeff Long and Jonathan Judge about their new attempts to quantify how some pitchers use command (04:53) and 'tunneling' to achieve more success than their raw stuff would suggest (24:46). Lastly, Ben and Michael discuss how stats have changed the way we talk and write about baseball (50:49) and bring back BP's Meg Rowley for an abbreviated edition of "What Did Jerry Dipoto Do?” (56:07).

Ep. 51: More Mariners Moves and an Elbow Bellwether  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring back Baseball Prospectus writer Meg Rowley for a second round of "What Did Dipoto Do?" after another active week for the Mariners GM (1:46). Then they talk to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Dugas about a pivotal test of a new procedure that could repair pitchers' elbows much more quickly than Tommy John surgery (12:20). Lastly, they discuss the news that college coaches are considering equipping catchers with headsets to improve the pace of play (41:49).

Ep. 50: A Winter on Waivers, Free-Agent Trout, and Dipoto's Deals  

Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Cubs pitcher David Rollins about changing teams five times in 36 days (01:25). Then they bring on FanGraphs writer Nathaniel Grow to discuss a legal loophole that could make Mike Trout a free agent before his contract expires (13:43). Lastly, they talk to Baseball Prospectus writer Meg Rowley about Jerry Dipoto's latest trades (29:31), the Mariners' strange rotation (35:57), and Edgar Martinez's Cooperstown case (43:33).

Ep. 49: The Statistical Trends of 2016  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann bring on writers/analysts Jeff Sullivan (2:30), Rob Arthur (14:42), Corinne Landrey (26:40), Gerald Schifman (36:08) and Jeff Zimmerman (47:10) to discuss their recent research into several sabermetric subjects that yielded new insights in 2016, including catcher framing, defense and Statcast, the positional spectrum, competitive balance, and injuries.

Ep. 48: All Aboard the Raines Train  

Inspired by ‘Rogue One,’ The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann pick the former players they’d like to see CGI’d back into their primes. Then they bring on Jonah Keri of CBS Sports to discuss his Hall of Fame philosophy and stump for Tim Raines. Lastly, they talk to WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed about the results of a large-scale study in which minor league players wore his company’s fitness tracker when they weren't on the field.

Ep. 47: Sandy Alomar Jr. on Pennant Wins, World Series Losses, and Tito Bombs  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to Cleveland Indians coach and former longtime catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. about his team's 2016 playoff run (4:31), his two tough World Series losses, leadership and diversity in the dugout (7:18), the 1990s Indians' crazy clubhouses (10:47), manager Terry Francona's disgusting gum-chewing (35:23), and more.

Ep. 46: Winter Meetings Madness and the Offseason's Most Surprising Signee  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the biggest winter meetings moves, including the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, the White Sox's prospect windfall, what the signings and trades involving closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, and Wade Davis mean for the closer market, and the Ian Desmond deal. Then they bring on new Brewers first baseman Eric Thames to discuss his improbable journey from the big leagues to Korea and back.

Ep. 45: McCutchen on the Move (Maybe) and a CBA Breakdown  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann appraise Andrew McCutchen's trade value (3:49) and assess the wisdom of a recent flurry of signings and trades by the Braves (12:50). Then they bring on Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports to discuss the competitive ramifications of baseball's new collective bargaining agreement (18:49) and predict how long labor peace will last (40:15).

Ep. 44: Hall of Fame Forecast and the Astros' Alex Bregman  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann put in a plug for 'Pitch' and talk Hall of Fame with Sports Illustrated writer Jay Jaffe (5:25), discussing the new and returning candidates on this year's ballot (6:13)and Jaffe's forecast for the 2017 Cooperstown class (32:30). Then, they bring on Astros infielder Alex Bregman to talk about his rapid rise to the majors (36:05), the changes he made to his swing before and after overcoming his slow start in the big leagues (39:35), and his outlook for next season (46:32).

Ep. 43: Trout Talk, Houston's Hot Stove, and Brian ​Dozier Dishes  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann react to Mike Trout's deserved (but still surprising) MVP Award win (4:50) and the Astros' active start to the offseason (11:45). Then, they bring on Twins second baseman Brian Dozier to discuss how the heck he hit 42 homers (16:50).

Ep. 42: Reluctantly Lighting the Hot Stove  

The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the tough transition to the offseason, Theo Epstein's next challenge (3:22), and whether the playoffs are too different from the regular season (8:25). Then they bring on MLB Trade Rumors founder Tim Dierkes to talk about the weak free-agent class (12:25), how CBA uncertainty might affect the market (29:41), and the prospect of record contracts for relievers (39:27).

Ep. 41: The Cubs (The Cubs!) Just Won the World Series  

In the aftermath of the Cubs' World Series win, The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann talk to their colleague Robert Mays about Cubs fans' euphoria (3:00). Then, Ben and Michael draft and discuss their favorite moments from an unforgettable Game 7 (15:00).

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