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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, 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. With rumors, analytics, trivia, prospects, and big name interviews, we've got you covered from the hot stove through the World Series.

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    Big Spenders?: How baseball's richest teams, the Yankees, Mets and Dodgers, view spending and the CBT

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 60:40

    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

    Starkville | Bob Costas returns to talk Hall of Fame, lockout and the best interview of his career

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 92:41


    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


    Baseball Barista | Offseason Training Programs, Buster Posey Retires & Free Agent Player Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 45:56

    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

    Tanking | Can it still work and how will it factor into the next CBA?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 59:48

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | Posey's HOF case, hot stove predictions and how long will the lockout last?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 36:51

    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

    DVR & Law | The Mets' Woeful GM Search, Qualifying Offers, and Potential Bargain Bats in Free Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 56:09

    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

    Countdown to a lockout | Drellich & Rosenthal set the table for this winter's MLB labor talks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 40:55

    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

    Starkville | Chipper Jones on Acuña Jr's knee, Freeman's contract and what the World Series means to Atlanta

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 95:32

    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

    DVR & Law | Digging Into Keith's Free Agent Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 53:20

    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

    Baseball Barista | How everything fell into place for the Braves to win the World Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 43:25

    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

    The Atlanta Braves Win Their First World Series Since 1995

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 26:49


    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


    Starkville | No Sleep Til Houston (at least) with Braves legend Dale Murphy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 79:35

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | Is pulling a starter from a no-hitter in the World Series good for baseball?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 26:19

    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

    DVR & Law | The Curious Case of Charlie Morton & Goodbye to the 2021 Red Sox & Dodgers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 51:24

    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

    Baseball Barista | MLB Network Analyst Sean Casey talks World Series, pitching & defense wins Championships and off days in the Playoffs are huge

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 54:32

    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

    World Series Game 1 Goes To The Atlanta Braves

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 20:23

    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

    Starkville | Dusty Baker and Alex Anthopoulos get us ready for Game 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 73:01

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | World Series storylines, Corey Seager's potential destination and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 30:11

    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

    DVR & Law | Playoff Takeaways, Changes in St. Louis & San Francisco, AFL Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 48:51

    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

    Baseball Barista | Walk-Off Winners, Kike is on fire & Braves Outfield Production

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 42:12

    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

    The NLCS: Dodgers vs. Braves Just Got Interesting

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 21:54

    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

    Starkville | Brian Anderson on blown NLDS check swing, NLCS insight & his path to the booth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 82:50

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | Where did all the starters go?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 25:52

    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

    DVR & Law | Goodbye to the Rays, Brewers & White Sox; Hello, Arizona Fall League

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 51:44

    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

    Baseball Barista | 3-Time WS Champion Jeremy Affeldt talks playoff intensity, Giants-Dodgers Game 5 & who will win the ALCS

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 57:08

    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

    ALCS Preview: Astros v. Red Sox

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:40

    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

    Starkville | Evan Drellich explains why Astros' stigma still haunts them & Playoff Chaos!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 83:03


    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


    Ken's Mailbag | Experienced managers, the Cardinals quick exit and the Rays reuniting with Rasmussen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 27:03

    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

    DVR & Law | LDS Matchups, Bronx Changes & Fall League Rosters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 60:38

    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

    Baseball Barista | 4-time WS Champion Javier Lopez talks about the 2021 Giants, playoff pressure & their World Series picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 54:24

    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

    NL Wild Card Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. LA Dodgers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 21:03

    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

    Starkville | Gabe Kapler on Giants' remarkable season, veterans' renaissance & our ode to Ohtani

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 72:30

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | A Fantastic Finish

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 47:13

    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

    DVR & Law | An appreciation of 2021 risers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 55:25

    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

    Baseball Barista | The Wild AL Wild Card Race, Are the Cardinals peaking too soon & Giants-Dodgers NL West battle

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 49:07

    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

    Starkville | Raúl Ibañez shares insight into pitch clock, shift limit & more experimental rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 93:33

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | The final push for the NL West, and a September to remember in St. Louis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 52:07

    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

    DVR & Law | Keith's Prospect of the Year selections

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 52:29

    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

    Baseball Barista | What happened to the Padres, Astros are sneaky good & the Cardinals doing September Cardinals things

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 49:55

    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

    Starkville | Charlie Montoyo on playoff race, AL MVP; Tatis-Machado spat & pitch clock in majors?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 93:38

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | NL MVP and Cy Young thoughts, expansion city favorites, and Salvador Perez's incredible season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 42:44

    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

    DVR & Ghiroli | Buying the Cards, Split on the AL Wild Cards & Surprising Seasons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 57:59

    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

    Baseball Barista | Vlad Jr going for the Triple Crown, is clinching too early bad & rooting for chaos with the Wild Cards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 48:53

    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

    Starkville | Indians president Chris Antonetti walks us through Guardians name change + 9/11, 20 years later

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 75:47


    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


    Ken's Mailbag | The AL Wild Card Race Heats Up, A No-No For The Crew, and Looking to the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 41:57

    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

    DVR & Law | 2021 Disappointments & Recalibrating for Future HOF Pitchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 57:07

    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

    Baseball Barista | Hall of Fame credentials, Meaningful September baseball & the crazy Wild Card races

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 50:32

    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

    Starkville | Jeter heads to Cooperstown, pennant race roundtable and Doug's Tyra Banks story (take 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 94:32

    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

    Ken's Mailbag | The Giants and Dodgers battle for West Coast supremacy, fixing replay and changing the Manfred runner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 38:03

    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

    DVR & Law | Philly's playoff pursuit, Cleveland's next steps, and Adalberto Mondesi's future

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 58:15

    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

    Baseball Barista | Mets' Thumbs Down, Tight Wild Card Races & Team's Built For Long Playoff Runs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 45:46

    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

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