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Better trash talkers than Ham Porter. Slower baserunners than Benny "the Jet" Rodriguez. A baseball podcast.

Alex Bazeley & Bobby Wagner


    • Dec 6, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 208 EPISODES

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    The CBA ABCs: Competitive Balance Tax (feat. Maury Brown and Lindsey Adler)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 85:01

    Now that Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement has expired, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what's at stake for each side. This week, they do a deep dive on the competitive balance tax, looking at its initial aims to address parity and how its purpose has been twisted by both small and big market teams since its inception in 1997. First they talk with Maury Brown, senior contributor at Forbes, about how teams' attitude towards the CBT has changed over the last two decades and what rising revenues across the league have done to undercut the measure. Then they bring on Lindsey Adler, Yankees beat writer for The Athletic, to talk about covering a team that has self-imposed-but-CBT-influenced limits on its spending and why they don't exactly set baseball's financial market anymore. Follow Maury Brown on Twitter at @bizballmaury Follow Lindsey Adler on Twitter at @lindseyadler Links: The CBA ABCs: Salary Arbitration (feat. Jerry Blevins & Kevin Goldstein) Contextualize these discussions with our CBA crash course Songs featured in this episode: Paul McCartney and the Wings — "Let Me Roll It" • The Beatles — "One After 909" • Tommy Tucker — "Hi-Heel Sneakers" • The Strokes — "Modern Age" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    The CBA ABCs: Salary Arbitration (feat. Jerry Blevins & Kevin Goldstein)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 88:11

    With the imminent expiration of Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement, Alex and Bobby are taking some time to break down key concepts that will be on the table in the coming weeks and months and examine what's at stake for each side. This week, they look at salary arbitration, tracing its roots back to the end of the reserve clause and outlining its occasionally-squishy boundaries. They talk with former reliever Jerry Blevins about his personal experience with the arbitration process and how players navigate the system. They also bring on Kevin Goldstein, current FanGraphs writer and former Houston Astros executive, to demystify the financial approach that organizations take to arbitration and the role that player evaluation has in it. Follow Jerry Blevins on Twitter @jerryblevins Follow Kevin Goldstein on Twitter @Kevin_Goldstein Songs featured in this episode: Joni Mitchell — “Both Sides Now” • The Beatles — “Come Together” • Stealers Wheel — “Stuck In The Middle With You” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    If The Industry Could Speak

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 46:07

    Bobby and Alex banter about the Rays doing Rays things with a generational talent, then break down the new plan to provide minor leaguers with housing and why it's a bittersweet victory. Then, a close reading of Rob Manfred's comments about the state of CBA negotiations. Links: Jeff Passan's roundup of Rob Manfred's comments (https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32661677/commissioner-rob-manfred-says-lockout-move-mlb-labor-talks-forward) Songs featured in this episode: Slaughter Beach, Dog — "Gold and Green" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    'Tis the Damn Offseason (Bobby and Alex's Version)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 70:49

    Bobby and Alex chronicle the latest in CBA negotiation news, including an outlandish proposal to replace salary arbitration with a payment system based on FanGraphs Wins Above Replacement. Then, they discuss Scott Boras, and whether his annual comments at the GM Meetings align with MLBPA interests or not. Finally, they finish by answering listener questions about the Athletics' impending tear down and — what else? — Red (Taylor's Version). Links: Evan Drellich on the latest MLB proposal ($) Songs featured in this episode: Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic — "After Last Night" • Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton — "I Bet You Think About Me" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    The #200 Mailbag: Brawls, Caffeine, Hot Dogs, Star Wars, and Taylor Swift

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 110:40

    For their 200th episode, Alex and Bobby open up the mailbag and spend an episode taking listener questions about baseball and far beyond, including a baseball podcaster brawl, deadly caffeine consumption, Star Wars characters in bed, all things Taylor Swift, secondary podcast ideas, episode music choices, and much more. Thanks to those who submitted questions, and to everyone for listening! Songs featured in this episode: Taylor Swift — “End Game” • Taylor Swift — “22” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Which Side Are You On?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 78:08

    Bobby and Alex talk Jon Heyman's growing sentience, then take stock of the World Series so far, examining what has made it enjoyable — or not — to watch. Then they discuss the looming likelihood of a strike, assessing what they think a potential work stoppage will look like and where the power balance stands right now. This week's Three Up, Three Down features the pitfalls of Steve Cohen's poster's mentality, and the Oakland A's continuing their calculated retreat from Oakland. Links: Robert Blum on the possibility of a lockout  Steve Cohen's tweet is brought into the courtroom  Steve Cohen in talks to bring a casino to Queens  Joe Biden tells the Pope a Satchel Paige story  Songs featured in this episode: Brad stank — "Watering the Garden" • J. Rawls — "That Very First Day - Instrumental"  • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    What Does Rob Manfred Want Me to Feel?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 81:03

    Alex and Bobby check in on Bob Nightengale's latest exploits, then discuss how they ~feel~ about a Houston-Atlanta World Series, what makes these teams hard to root for, the complexity of the Dodgers' exit, and more. They also take listener messages about rooting for the Astros as a Dodger fan, Kevin Millar the scab, and what a devoted Tipping Pitches listener is called. This week's Three Up, Three Down features TBS's love for singles and chops, and a dystopian commercial for a self-driving(?) truck. Links: Ryan Helsley & Rob Manfred on the tomahawk chop  Levi Weaver on the Rangers' resistance to LGBTQ+ acceptance  Donate to GLAAD  Songs featured in this episode: TOPS — “Way To Be Loved” • Souls of Mischief — “93 ‘Til Infinity” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    A Return To Normalcy (feat. Josh Gondelman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 80:16

    Alex and Bobby react to the news that MLB plans to provide housing for all its minor leaguers starting in 2022, wonder what that will look like in practice, and theorize how that will affect the continued organizing effort among minor leaguers. Then, they're joined by Josh Gondelman, comedian and producer of Desus & Mero, to make a humble case for why the remaining non-partisan baseball fans should throw their support behind the…gasp…Boston Red Sox. Finally, this week's Three Up, Three Down features an existential look at advertising, Carlos Correa apologia, and one more slap in the face to A's fans. Links: Jeff Passan on MiLB housing MLB Cutting the Cord? Buy Tipping Pitches Merch! Songs featured in this episode: illuminati hotties — “Pool Hopping” • Ariana Grande — “just like magic” • Diet Cig — “Harvard” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Turn Around and No Peeking!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 92:53


    Alex and Bobby debate the merits of rally towels, then break down the last week in baseball, including a mighty Astros showing again the White Sox, the endless cycle of Rays “resources” discourse, the exceptional balance between the Giants and Dodgers, and more. They also listen to some voicemails about just, like, enjoying things, the virtues of losing your voice, and the difference between Thom Brennaman and Jim Kaat's offenses. This week's Three Up, Three Down features a modest proposal from Tony La Russa and One Weird Trick That Made the Red Sox Likable. Songs featured in this episode: Haim — "Gasoline" • Robyn — "Call Your Girlfriend" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”


    The 2021 Playoffs: The Musical

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 34:16

    In this abbreviated episode, Bobby and Alex break down the first few games of the playoffs, including a confusing Broadway-themed postseason promo, what it takes to be good in October these days, the heyday of the quick hook, Jim Kaat's amazingly racist remark about Yoán Moncada, the Astros leveling up every October, and more. They'll be back on Wednesday for a full episode. Links: MLB Network's Broadway promo Songs featured in this episode: Soccer Mommy — "Last Girl" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Politics Liberal, Baseball Conservative

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 70:22

    Alex and Bobby discuss the anti-climactic end to the regular season and what they want to see out of the playoff vs. what they actually expect to happen. This week's Three Up, Three Down features Congresspeople procrastinating, a dress down of rabid praise of the Rays, and a tapping of the “it's not your money” sign. Links: Giants concessions workers reach tentative contract agreement FiveThirtyEight polls congresspeople on, just like, baseball  Songs featured in this episode: Yo La Tengo — “Let's Save Tony Orlando's House” • Shuggie Otis — “Strawberry Letter 23” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Cards on the Table

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 68:49

    In this episode, Bobby and Alex discuss recent developments around the #FairBall protest, and check in on the chances of a work stoppage this off-season. This week's Three Up, Three Down features a eurostep-off, Kevin Kiermaier's recovery of a Blue Jays scouting card, the Oakland A's season ticket scam, the resurgence of Cardinal Devil Magic, and more. Links: The Rays will advertise the Montreal plan this postseason The Dodgers' costume flight Songs featured in this episode: Blondie — “Dreaming” • Lindsey Buckingham — “Trouble”  • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Shut Up, I'm Calculating Win Probability

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 83:46

    Alex and Bobby discuss the stance taken by Phillies and Mets minor leaguers against unfair wages and living conditions this past week, and what it suggests about how the conversation has shifted. Then they run through some listener questions about ethical consumption under baseball, alumni pride for Dayton Moore, what baseball players have in common with elementary school kids, and how we frame contract discussions. This week's Three Up, Three Down features predatory lending for teenagers and lessons in probability. Links: Mets & Phillies minor leaguers protest unfair pay  Pay No Attention to the Investment Firm Behind the Predatory Loans!  Mike Elk on Roberto Clemente and Curt Flood The Royals explore new stadium options  Songs featured in this episode: DeBarge — “I Like It” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    The Dumbest Baseball Things of 2021 (feat. Batting Around)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 99:04


    Bobby and Alex are joined by Lauren Walker, Jane Ost, and Stephen Hesson of Batting Around to talk about the weirdest and dumbest things that happened on and off the field this season, including Javy Báez magic, All-Star Game meltdowns, pine tar checks, *gestures at Tony La Russa*, and more. This week's Three Up, Three Down features lessons on toughness and plenty of #content from the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Links: Hyun Jin Ryu's Korean fried chicken parties  What is Aaron Boone actually saying about Derek Jeter?  Hunter Renfroe claims MLB has stopped mandating COVID tests  Songs featured in this episode: The Rolling Stones — "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" • Jain — "Makeba" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”


    Win In a Walkoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 95:33

    Alex and Bobby talk with Ted Waechter, organizer with UNITE HERE Local 2, about the recent strike vote among Oracle Park concessions workers and what they're demanding from the Giants. Then they try to break down MLB's proposed changes to service time and arbitration, and look at how the rise of streaming spells danger for regional sports networks — and the teams that profit off them. This week's Three Up, Three Down features experiments in the Atlantic League and minor league baseball's encounter with climate change. Links: Giants concessions workers vote in favor of a strike A closer look at the concessions workers' demands MLB proposes changes to service time MLB's struggles with direct-to-consumer streaming ($) Atlantic League mound experiment pushes players to the brink Who erased MLB pitcher Devin Williams' tribute to Black Lives Matter? Songs featured in this episode: Strawbs — “Part Of The Union” • Pete Seeger — “Solidarity Forever” • Time Zone — “World Destruction” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Mistrust the Process

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 86:55


    Bobby and Alex talk about advice columns, the side of baseball's rags to riches stories that doesn't get discussed, and what the Orioles show us about the state of tanking in baseball. Then they answer listener voicemails about a player's union eligibility, Statcast's strange deployment, and the decline of custom shirseys. This week's Three Up, Three Down features one broadcaster's introduction to NFTs and rule bending for yellow bats. Links: The substitute teacher who can throw 100  Ken Rosenthal on the Orioles' extreme tanking ($)  Topps loses its grip on the sports trading card industry  Mike Shannon learns about NFTs  Shake Shohei Ohtani's hand in Oshu City  Songs featured in this episode: Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations — " I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" • The Rolling Stones — "Out Of Time" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”


    Bet The House (feat. Craig Calcaterra)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 74:48

    Alex and Bobby discuss the Dodgers City Connect jerseys (and whether they mailed them in), before being joined by Craig Calcaterra to talk about having a full baseball season back, MLB's big bet on gambling, the upcoming labor fight, unionizing the minor leagues, and more. Follow Craig on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, Cup of Coffee. Links:  Buy your own "Unionize the Minors" shirt Read Shakeia Taylor on Marcus Stroman Songs featured in this episode: Paramore — “I'm Not Angry Anymore” • The Who — “You Better You Bet” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    All Tied Up In Monopolies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 100:55

    Alex and Bobby banter about their superstitions while playing — or watching — baseball. Then they share thoughts on the Field of Dreams game and what actually made it special, as well as Buster Olney's reporting on the Angels' supposed limited financial options for extending Shohei Ohtani. They field some voicemails about bullpen catchers, MLB The Show, and separating the owner from the players, and end on a Three Up, Three Down that features an accidental endorsement of a Trea Turner extension and baseball under climate change. Links: Can the Angels keep Shohei Ohtani? https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/31997589/can-angels-keep-shohei-ohtani-payroll-crisis-looms-los-angeles The Phillie Phanatic shakes up Hollywood https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/phillie-phanatic-1234996044/ Minor league baseball in the shadow of wildfires https://theathletic.com/2766126/2021/08/13/this-is-going-to-get-worse-smoke-pollution-concerns-in-reno-bring-focus-to-a-growing-obstacle-for-baseball/ Songs featured in this episode: Eagles — “Lyin' Eyes” • Anthony Hamilton — “I Tried” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    This Is The Bad Place

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 89:57

    Bobby and Alex toast to four years of the podcast by discussing — what else — an article about minor league housing, what the potential partnership between MLB and Barstool Sports says about the league's priorities, and shenanigans at the trade deadline. This week's Three Up, Three Down features the Mets' Kumar Rocker gaffe and whether 31 mph pitches are good or not. Links: Billy Ripken on velocity through the years Britt Ghiroli chronicles minor league living conditions Buy a Unionize the Minors t-shirt Songs featured in this episode: Los Bravos — "Bring a Little Lovin'" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — "Green Onions"

    At The Drop of a Hat (feat. Benjamin Christensen & James Holas)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 73:35

    Bobby and Alex decide to dive deeper into the furor around some recent New Era hat drops and try to break down how the fitted cap community differs from the average baseball fan. To do that, they turn to Benjamin Christensen, a community events & engagement manager at Hat Club, and James Holas, a former basketball blogger and recent fitted cap convert, to talk about the fitted cap trend and the market for it, the process of hat design, what brings them joy about their collections — and their takes on some of those New Era caps.  Follow Benjamin on Twitter @shakabrodie. Follow James on Twitter @snottiedrippen. Links: Custom Fitted Hats Have Become Must-Have Collectors' Items. Here's How.  Songs featured in this episode: Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Avant Guardians

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 83:13


    Alex and Bobby talk about the soon-to-be Cleveland Guardians and probe how genuine this transition has felt, check in on a pivotal vote to keep the A's in Oakland, and read about — shocker! — minor leaguers in poor living conditions. This week's Three Up, Three Down features electronic pitch signs and the freakin' K-zone. Links: Tom Hanks's relationship to Cleveland Joon Lee on minor league player treatment in the Angels' system MLB testing electronic sign devices The return of Thom Brennaman The All-Star Game's economic boom that wasn't Buy Tipping Pitches merch Songs featured in this episode: Assembly of Dust — “The Honest Hour” • Jimmy Eat World — “The World You Love” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”


    John Fisher's Daddy Issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 93:46

    Alex and Bobby banter about the All-Star Break festivities and Pete Alonso's Home Run Derby prowess. Then they discuss the impasse in the Oakland A's ballpark negotiations and John Fisher's vision for his legacy, as well as player comments about priorities in this round of CBA negotiations. They take some listener calls about the Derby format, minor league team shuffling, and a run-scoring rule change. This week's Three Up, Three Down features Good Guy Shohei Ohtani and All-Star opt-out #discourse. Links: Who Is John Fisher? MLB All-Star talk labor priorities ($) Won't MLB All-Stars think of Joel Sherman's feelings? Will Craig on the move to the KBO Colnessa continue to be couple goals The Phillies and Vaccines Songs featured in this episode: “Best Hugs” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Fiscal Cliff Notes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 93:25

    This week, Bobby and Alex examine a Pro Publica that uncovers the ways sports owners weaponize their franchises to avoid paying taxes (spoiler alert: it's as frustrating as it sounds!). This week's Three Up, Three Down features a disappointing Ronald Acuña Jr. injury, Max Muncy and Max Muncy, the Cubs, and emo Lance Lynn. Links: ProPublica's Report on Billionaire Sports Owners Shakeia Taylor's Bauer Thread Songs featured in this episode: Pete Rock — “Smooth Sailing” • Louyah — “I Used To Care” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Independence Day At the Ballpark

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 33:52

    In this re-heat of a 2019 episode, Bobby and Alex discuss their jealousy for the way that other sports dominate holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and try to envision how baseball could do the same. What holiday should we choose? Would it turn into tanks rolling across the outfield no matter what? How much should we invoice Rob Manfred for in consulting fees? Songs featured in this episode: Vampire Weekend — "Holiday” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    The Grey Divide Continues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 79:11

    Alex and Bobby get some stock tips courtesy of a Ross Stripling column, explore what the Supreme Court's ruling against the NCAA could mean for baseball's anti-trust exemption, and answer some voicemails on the All-Star Game jerseys, concessions prices, and gambling at the park. This week's Three Up, Three Down features Fernando Tatis Jr. as baseball's must-watch TV and Scott Boras's words of wisdom. Links: Ross Stripling on stocks and baseball Baseball America on the Supreme Court's ruling Faye Webster on Acuña Scott Boras's foreign substances statement Songs featured in this episode: Faye Webster — “A Dream With a Baseball Player” • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions” Thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/

    A Complete Game With Jerry Blevins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 69:37

    Bobby and Alex welcome on former relief pitcher and current dad Jerry Blevins to talk about being a union guy, memorable mound visits, foreign substances, his experience in the minor leagues, locker room movies, and more in a series of nine(-ish) questions. Jerry's first complete game! Follow Jerry on Twitter at @jerryblevins. Links: Buy a “Steal Bases, Not Wages” shirt Listen to 'Shea Anything,' where Jerry appears every other week, wherever you get podcasts. Songs featured in this episode: The Clash — "Career Opportunities" • The Coup — "The Stand" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Collective Bargaining Disagreements

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 88:53


    Alex and Bobby chat about the worst billionaire who could own a baseball team, and why it's Elon Musk. Then they break down Pete Alonso's ball manipulation theory and look at how it impacts the upcoming CBA expiration, as well as what issues could be on the table. This week's Three Up, Three Down features a radicalized Mets broadcast booth and some law 101. Links: Five and Dive talks service time manipulation The MLBPA's $500 million grievance The Diamondbacks City Connect jerseys Songs featured in this episode: Honey Harper • "In Light Of Us" • Xscape — "Just Kickin' It" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — "Green Onions"


    Talkin' Glue (Foreign Substances Podcast)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 88:15

    Bobby and Alex banter about their potential submissions for Alex Rodriguez's contest to win $96,000. Then they talk about foreign substances and why the discourse around it is already exhausting, as well as Bob Brenly's comment about Marcus Stroman's durag and Jon Duplantier's courageous response. This week's Three Up, Three Down features split opinions on the City Connect jerseys, and unanimous approval of Olivia Rodrigo's “SOUR.” Links: MLB sued for moving All-Star Game What the A's are feeding their minor leaguers Tyler Glasnow, chess wizard Jon Duplantier on Bob Brenly's comment Songs featured in this episode: Modern Baseball — "Fine, Great" • Paramore — "Let the Flames Begin" • Booker T & the M.G.'s — “Green Onions”

    Hat Trick Circa 1911

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 99:24


    Alex and Bobby talk about New Era’s ill-advised local market caps and Javier Báez forcing the miscue of the century. Then they talk about Mike Shildt and MLB’s mailed-in campaign against foreign substances, as well as Keith Olbermann's insistence on yelling at clouds. This week’s Three Up, Three Down features Dave Kaval’s (in)ability to read the room, and the White Sox’s dedication to unforced errors. Buy a Tipping Pitches t-shirt here. Links: Mike Shildt’s postgame presser White Sox face backlash amid lounge renaming AP’s odd betting partnership The New York Times is interested in the Athletic The Javy Play Democrats want to make college athletes employees Joey Votto, amateur broadcaster Songs featured in this episode: Elujay — “Golden” • BROCKHAMPTON — “WHEN I BALL” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”


    Old Dog, New Tricks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 84:32

    Bobby and Alex dive far too deep into the Tony La Russa/Yermín Mercedes saga and then check in on the stadium stalemate in Oakland. Then they listen to a couple voicemails about players you dislike on your favorite team and Jim Crane’s real estate portfolio. This week’s Three Up, Three Down features real live in-person baseball and Stephen A. Smith’s take on Shohei Ohtani. Links: Nick Castellanos gets an assist from a fan A camera dedicated to Shohei Ohtani Stephen A. Smith is unimpressed Oakland City Council’s letter to the A’s Songs featured in this episode: Olivia Rodrigo — "deja vu" • Train — “Calling All Angels” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    Rooted In Fantasyland (feat. Alex Coffey)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 64:33

    Mid-week special! Alex and Bobby talk about the Houston Astros providing housing for players and give quick reactions to the Oakland A’s ballpark ultimatum. Then they bring on Alex Coffey, A’s beat writer for The Athletic, to break down how negotiations got to this moment, how Rob Manfred’s shadow looms over this all, and what the outcome for the A’s — and the city — might look like. Finally, they wrap with some voicemails about interpreter mound visits, the Liberty Media Braves, and a rule to break baseball. Follow Alex Coffey on Twitter at @byalexcoffey. Links: The A’s had a Manfred favor in their pocket ($) A’s to begin exploring other location options Tipping Pitches merch! Songs featured in this episode: Mild High Club — “Rollercoaster Baby” • Hospital Bracelet — “Feral Rat Anthem” • Gum Country — “Tennis (I Feel OK)” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    Working Class Power Hitters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 81:12


    Bobby and Alex talk Kevin McCarthy’s ramblings on the All-Star Game move, the return of minor league baseball, an unceremonious halt to Albert Pujols’s career, and #RatcoonGate in New York. Then they take some calls on franchises half-heartedly tanking and the prospect of real labor solidarity in baseball. This week’s Three Up, Three Down features John Means and the necessary evil of the dropped third strike rule. Links: The Tipping Pitches Store (code: AROD) More Than Baseball’s opening day thread Kevin McCarthy whines about MLB The MLBPA on the PRO Act Arizona passes public tax to fund Chase Field renovations Songs featured in this episode: Oso Oso — "wake up next to god" • The Isley Brothers — "Work To Do" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”


    Bet On It (feat. Kyle Bandujo)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 96:52

    Alex and Bobby banter about Rob Manfred and pace of play vs. betting, and listen to a couple voicemails about some downtrodden teams. Then they bring on Kyle Bandujo, host of “Big Screen Sports” and “From Phenom to Farm,” to talk about the realities that come with being drafted, how the past year has impacted minor leaguers, mental health as a prospect, and more. Finally, a Three Up, Three Down featuring the duality of Bally Sports and maximum weird baseball rules. Follow Kyle on Twitter at @kylebandujo. Links: Listen to “From Phenom to the Farm” Kyle on aiding mental health in baseball Craig Goldstein on Manfred’s comments The story of Drew Robinson (CW) Miguel Cabrera, vaccination ambassador Songs featured in this episode: Vampire Weekend — "Harmony Hall" • Madonna — "Express Yourself" • Taylor Swift — “Out of the Woods” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    The Theory of Everything Perfect (feat. Shaker Samman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 84:10

    Alex and Bobby break down A-Rod’s takes on social media, electronics, spreadsheet, and more. Then they bring on incoming associate editor at Baseball Prospectus Shaker Samman to unfold his theory of consecutive perfect games, as well as what the Super League can tell us about baseball (and vice versa). Finally, a Three Up, Three Down featuring the anomaly of Jacob deGrom and a rather expensive ballpark. Follow Shaker on Twitter at @ShakerSamman. Links: A-Rod talks to Bob Nightengale How the Super League fell apart Joon Lee on women in baseball The A’s release financial terms on their ballpark project Putting the ballpark project into context Songs featured in this episode: HAIM — “The Steps” • Corinne Bailey Rae — “Put Your Records On” • H.E.R. — “Jungle” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    Mound Over Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 89:44

    Alex and Bobby discuss conspiracy theories about the end of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez’s relationship, the thrill of the Dodgers and Padres, and the experiment of moving back the mound. Then they bring on Mike Schubert for a preview of his upcoming project. Finally, some listener voicemails and a packed Three Up, Three Down. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Schubes17. Links: Support Modern Muckraker Read Dear Jackie by Shakeia Taylor Everyone on Joey Votto Songs featured in this episode: The Pointer Sisters — “I’m So Excited” • Julianna Zachariou — "church st." • The Byrds — “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    Anti-Trust Issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 77:39

    Bobby and Alex talk Alex Rodriguez finally getting his sports team, MLB’s timely investigation of pitchers using foreign substances, what would change if the league’s anti-trust exemption was actually stripped away, and host families in a pandemic. This week’s Three Up, Three Down features the corporatization of Field of Dreams, and Dusty Baker’s inherited walk-of-shame. Links: What MLB’s anti-trust exemption means The history of anti-trust in baseball Songs featured in this episode: Chloe x Halle — "Do It" • Taylor Swift — "The Way I Loved You (Taylor's Version) • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    All That Jazz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 87:28

    Alex and Bobby ring in the new season by talking about a hypothetical Red Sox losing streak and COVID cases abound on the Nationals. Then they discuss Francisco Lindor’s extension with the Mets and how it fits into baseball financial landscape, as well as MLB’s decision to pull this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta. The return of Three Up, Three Down features the electrifying young star on the Marlins and statistical literacy on broadcasts. Links: The Bally Sports scorebug on Reddit Jazz Chisholm on personality in baseball An over-the-top tribute from the White Sox Songs featured in this episode: A Tribe Called Quest — “Jazz (We Got)” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    The 2021 MLB All-GIF Draft, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 53:05

    Part 1 featured the obvious — Tatis, Lindor, even Bau*r. But part 2 is where the depth of this year's draft really starts to show. Tune in to hear Jake Mintz, Jordan Shusterman, Meg Rowley, and Randy Wilkins round out the rest of the 2021 All-GIF draft. Read a blog post (featuring highlight GIFs for every selection) here. Songs featured in this episode: Johnny Nash — "I Can See Clearly Now" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    The 2021 MLB All-GIF Draft, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 59:36

    Bobby and Alex ring in the start of a new MLB season the only way they know how: drafting the most GIF-able players to watch this year. They bring on a series of guests to draft against and discuss Fernando Tatis Jr., Francisco Lindor, Shohei Ohtani, and more — with a few surprises. This episode features the first eight picks with Shakeia Taylor, Bradford William Davis, Hannah Keyser, and Clinton Yates. Part two will be out Tuesday, March 31. Links: The 2021 MLB All-GIF Draft, annotated Last year’s draft Songs featured in this episode: Alvvays — "Archie, Marry Me" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    If Ginny Was Commish... (feat. Ginny Searle)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 83:46

    Alex and Bobby talk MLB’s plan to disrupt the sport with “innovation” and “technology,” and the prospect of NFTs of ground balls. In the final installment of their “If I Were Commish” season preview series, they talk to Ginny Searle of Baseball Prospectus about team owner accountability, expansion, plans for Mr. Met, and more. Links: Follow Ginny on Twitter MLB’s plans for innovation this year A primer on NFT’s in the NBA Songs featured in this episode: Daft Punk — “Technologic” • Hatchie — “Stay With Me” • Taylor Swift, ELVIRA — "willow - dancing with version (elvira mix)" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    If Randy Was Commish... (feat. Randy Wilkins)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 84:42

    Bobby and Alex grieve for A-Rod and J-Lo’s relationship, and discuss the rationale behind some of the rule changes being tested in the minors this year. Then they bring on filmmaker and writer Randy Wilkins for the second installment of their season preview series. They talk abolishing the draft, the burden of blackouts, Ken Griffey Jr. vs. the world, and much more. Links: Follow Randy on Twitter Check out Randy’s website MLB is testing new rule changes Joe Biden chats with J-Rod Songs featured in this episode: The Beatles — "We Can Work It Out" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    If I Was Commish... (feat. Rhea Butcher)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 87:22

    Alex and Bobby chat about can openers and listen to a couple voicemails about the Giants and Cleveland. Then they bring on comedian and friend of the pod Rhea Butcher for the first in a series of episodes asking: If you were commissioner, what would you do in your first 100 days? This episode discusses gender equality in baseball and military overexposure. Links: Follow Rhea on Twitter Listen to Three Swings Listen to “Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootleg” Brynn Tannehill on 'Factually! with Adam Conover' Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings — “100 Days, 100 Nights” • Bad Moves — “Cape Henlopen” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    F.C. Rancho Cucamonga (feat. Ryan O’Hanlon)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 90:06

    Bobby and Alex talk about why A-Rod’s new SPAC is the hot stock to grab, and how Kevin Mather’s comments were far from an anomaly. Then they chat with Ryan O’Hanlon, soccer writer and editor, about how European soccer’s youth development pipeline compares to youth baseball stateside, the benefits and drawbacks of club-driven development, the quirk of fan ownership, a conveyor belt of Tr*vor B*uers, and much more. Links: Follow Ryan on Twitter Read No Grass In The Clouds The full Kevin Mather transcript Bradford Davis on the ubiquity of Kevin Mather Songs featured in this episode: Kacey Musgraves — " High Horse" • Funkadelic — "Hit It and Quit It" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — Green Onions” Thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. You can start exploring your own sponsorship opportunities by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/

    Tipping Pitches: A Baseball Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 1:00

    Welcome to Tipping Pitches — the baseball podcast trying to nationalize our national pastime. Available anywhere you get your podcasts. Follow us on Twitter @tipping_pitches. Email us at tippingpitchespod@gmail.com. Tell us why you hate your team's owner at 785-422-5881.

    Tim Tebow Transfers the Torch to Tatis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 66:08


    Alex and Bobby chat about — what else?  — Fernando Tatis Jr.’s payday and what it says about the San Diego Padres, the financial health of the league, and so-called “small markets.” Then, they get into some Open Season voicemails about Bob Nightengale’s best source, Jerry Reinsdorf’s personal debts, coping with toxic players, and the time we almost lost the Minnesota Twins. Finally, they give one final, heartfelt send-off to Tim Tebow in a Power-Hour finale. Call into Open Season at: 785-422-5881 Songs featured in this episode: ABBA — “Money, Money, Money” • Yoan Moncada, El Chacal, Lenier — “Desastre Personal” • Lynyrd Skynard — “Freebird” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”


    Arbitration Nation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 71:54

    Alex and Bobby banter about vaccinations and the looming reality of in-person baseball games. Then they talk about Jack Flaherty’s arbitration case with the Cardinals and why fans should care about labor battles in the sport, as well as the history erased with the renaming of the minor league divisions. Finally, more voicemails for Open Season, Clayton Kershaw’s takes on tanking, and the latest in MLB romances. Links: Clayton Kershaw on tanking Songs featured in this episode: Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey — “The Middle” • Jimmy Eat World — “The Middle” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    No Critical Thinking, Just Vibes (feat. Jen Ramos)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2021 93:11

    Alex and Bobby kick off the pod with the first edition of ‘Open Season,’ answering listener voicemails on the utter mismanagement of the Cubs, the joy of being able to root for Sean Doolittle, and the broken public trust between ownership and fans. Then, they’re joined by Jen Ramos of the Baseball Prospectus R&D department to discuss, among other things, Bob Nightengale, Kim Ng, Jared Porter and Mickey Calloway. Follow Jen on Twitter. Links: Sean Doolittle grateful for his Nats tenure. Songs featured in this episode: Future Teens — “Guest “Room • Fall Out Boy — “Of All The Gin Joints In All The World” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    The Big Short Porch (feat. Mike Schubert)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 96:45


    Bobby and Alex talk about Nolan Arenado and the concept of “onerous contracts,” as well as Steve Cohen, GameStop, and the freaking stock market, baby. Then they bring on Mike Schubert, podcaster extraordinaire at Multitude Productions and obnoxious Yankees fan, to talk the Bronx Bombers as they exist in 2021, the team’s facial hair policy, the high bar their fans set, hot dogs, and more. Finally, they discuss Marcus Semien’s departure from the Oakland A’s, and Ken Griffey, Jr.’s move to the Commissioner’s Office. Leave us a voicemail for Open Season by calling ‪(785) 422-5881‬. Follow Mike on Twitter. Links: Ben Clemens on the Nolan Arenado trade Ken Rosenthal on the Oakland A’s finances ($) Andrew Yang taking BP Songs featured in this episode: Leikeli47 — "Hoyt and Schermerhorn" • Blood Orange — "You're Not Good Enough" • Dayglow — "Close To You" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”


    Alex Rodriguez and the Legal Definition of Racketeering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 78:45

    Alex and Bobby reflect on the legacy of Hank Aaron and wonder whether it’s possible for him to be...underrated? Then they dive into some free agent news — hello, Toronto Blue Jays! — and probe the Baltimore Orioles in their quest to screw over their players. Then they talk about Jared Porter and what comes after his firing (cw: sexual harassment), as well as Ken Rosenthal’s backwards column about Trevor Bauer. Finally, Alex Rodriguez sees rackets some teers and bezzles some ment. Links: ESPN’s story on Jared Porter A-Rod hit with lawsuit Songs featured in this episode: Amber Mark — “Conexão” • Tom Misch, De La Soul — "It Runs Through Me" • Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak — “Dang”  • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    The 2021 State of Labor in Baseball (feat. Michael Baumann)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 69:21

    Bobby and Alex bring on Michael Baumann, staff writer at the Ringer, for their annual look at the state of labor in baseball. Their conversation includes how the landscape has shifted over the last year, what the frigid free agent market means for players, breaking down Rob Manfred’s call for 162 games in 2021, what to expect with the CBA expiring at the end of the year, and much more. Follow Michael on Twitter. Links: So You Want to Own a Baseball Team (feat. Rob Mains) A Labor of Love (feat. Michael Baumann), 2019 Songs featured in this episode: Paramore — "Where the Lines Overlap" • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

    Francisco Lindor or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 71:54

    Alex and Bobby discuss the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor, the Padres pushing in all their chips, and the Cubs’s manufactured window. Then they chat about their defining moments as baseball fans and how they give context to the way they think about the sport, including a perfect game, an inauspicious debut, a veteran’s return, and more. Songs featured in this episode: Harry Styles — “Canyon Moon” • Teenage Halloween — “Stationary” • Booker T & the M.G.’s — “Green Onions”

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