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

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

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Episodes

Bullpenning in Tampa Bay, a Youth Movement in Washington, and Big Heat in the NL Central | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 136)

5/22/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram, who details the Tampa Bay Rays' innovative and controversial new pitching tactics (01:45). Then Claire McNear drops by to talk about Rich Hill's blisters and the league's latest teenage sensation, Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (20:15). Finally Ben Lindbergh makes a quick appearance—though not as quick as the fastballs of relievers Jordan Hicks and Josh Hader, who have made headlines this week for different reasons...

Duration:00:51:15

Cano's Suspension, Legalized Gambling, and the Electric Fernando Romero | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 135)

5/15/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to examine the impact of Robinson Cano testing positive for a banned diuretic, from how the 80-game suspension will hurt this year's Mariners to how it could hurt Cano's Hall of Fame chances (02:00). Then Ringer editor-at-large Bryan Curtis joins the podcast to talk about the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on sports betting, how it reflects on baseball's colorful history with gambling, and how it might change the way we talk about...

Duration:00:45:53

Baby Braves, Red Sox Go to New York, and Cratering Kershaw | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 134)

5/8/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann starts this week's show by joining Zach Kram to stare at the Braves' young stars in slack-jawed awe (01:55). He then talks Yankees-Red Sox and the star qualities of Luis Severino and Mookie Betts with Paolo Uggetti (22:25) before asking Ben Lindbergh if Clayton Kershaw is still the best pitcher in baseball (37:08).

Duration:00:55:26

Corey Seager's Busted Elbow, Gerrit Cole's Mighty Arm, and Didi vs. Jeter | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 133)

5/1/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann wanted to talk to Zach Kram about the dominant Arizona Diamondbacks, but fittingly, the Dodgers overshadowed their rivals again by announcing that star shortstop Corey Seager is out for the season (03:00). Then he talks about Gerrit Cole's impressive April with Ringer editor Ben Glicksman (19:30), and Ben Lindbergh gives his thoughts on Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius's power surge (33:45).

Duration:00:53:00

Harper, Machado, and Trout Return to the Top, Manaea's No-Hitter, and Who Ya Got—Red Sox or Astros? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 132)

4/24/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to talk about baseball's holy trinity leading the league in homers (02:00). Then, Rodger Sherman shares his proposal for what should happen to teams that get no-hit (20:30), and Ben Lindbergh breaks down the early AL favorites (32:30) and explains how throwing strikes ain't all it's been cracked up to be (44:30).

Duration:00:51:05

Is It Time to Panic in Chicago and Washington? Has the Balance of Power Shifted in Los Angeles? And Is Kurt Suzuki the Best Catcher in Baseball? | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 131)

4/17/2018
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Ringer staff writer Michael Baumann is joined by Zach Kram to discuss the upside-down NL East (01:15) and NL Central races (10:00) then marvels at the Angels' hot start with Ben Lindbergh (21:15). Finally Ringer senior editor and staff contrarian Ryan "O'Headline" O'Hanlon joins the pod to talk about whether pitch framing is dishonorable (37:30) and whether Aaron Judge is still the worst player in baseball (46:15).

Duration:00:52:13

New York and Boston Go Nuts, and We Go Nuts About Shohei Ohtani | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 130)

4/10/2018
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The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Zach Kram about the 8-1 Mets (01:45), then brings in Ben Lindbergh to marvel at Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani's stellar week (16:00). Finally, Bill Simmons drops by to talk about Ohtani's unique star potential (30:45), the Red Sox (46:30), and the story lines that could make this regular season one to remember (53:00).

Duration:01:06:27

Freaking Out in Philly, Ohtani's Debut(s), the State of the New York Empire, and the Astros' Two-Way Dominance | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 129)

4/3/2018
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The Ringer's Michael Baumann talks to Chris Ryan about rookie Phillies manager Gabe Kapler's creative bullpen use (01:00). Then he brings in Zach Kram to talk about Shohei Ohtani's debut(s) (16:00) and Sean Yoo to talk about the Yankees' return to Evil Empire status (28:15), before Ben Lindbergh closes with the Astros' new-look rotation (38:00) and the awkward timing of Yuli Gurriel's suspension (47:00). You can find the official Ringer merch store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop

Duration:00:52:31

Going Over (and Under) the 2018 Season | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 128)

3/27/2018
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Ringer writer Michael Baumann examines the Vegas win total over/unders for all 30 teams, featuring Zach Kram on the AL West (02:00) and NL Central (14:00), Claire McNear on the NL East (23:30) and NL West (29:45), and Ben Lindbergh on the AL Central (37:30) and AL East (44:15). You can find the official Ringer merch store here: http://bit.ly/ringershop

Duration:00:55:06

Roasting the 2018 Yankees With Bill Simmons and Jack-O | (Ep. 127)

3/22/2018
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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons links up with Jack-O to get ready for the 2018 baseball season by checking up on whom the Yankees have in their outfield (2:46) and surveying the starting lineup (13:40) before wrapping up the show with some spring 2018 prop bets (26:02).

Duration:00:34:47

Missing Machado (Already), Shohei Ohtani Fantasy Watch, the Puzzling Mets, and Free-Agency Roundup | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 126)

3/20/2018
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The Ringer's Michael Baumann kicks off the 2018 baseball season by needling Mallory Rubin about Manny Machado's future in Baltimore (01:15) and chatting with Zach Kram about the unique problems that Shoehei Otani poses for fantasy baseball (08:30). Then Sean Fennessey joins the show to discuss the confusing and frustrating Mets (22:00) and Ben Lindbergh closes out the show with free-agency talk (34:30). Read Claire McNear's article on the future of Bryce Harper and the Washington...

Duration:00:52:13

The Early-Offseason Activity Roundup (Ep. 125)

11/6/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann catch up with a wave of early-offseason moves, including a quintet of managerial hirings and the emergence of a new model of manager (06:00), the players association's perplexing stance on Shohei Otani (27:30), the opt-in decisions of a trio of pitchers (and the extension of Justin Upton) (39:00), potentially era-ending option decisions regarding Andre Ethier, Ichiro Suzuki, and Jose Bautista, and the Yasmani Grandal trade market (49:00).

Duration:01:00:45

The Astros’ Wait Is Over (Ep. 124)

11/2/2017
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The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Game 7 of the World Series, dwelling on the Dodgers’ lack of timely hitting, Yu Darvish’s Series struggles, the argument that Clayton Kershaw should have started Game 7 instead, and how the Astros-Dodgers battle stacks up historically. Then they talk about the effectiveness of (and backlash to) tanking, how hard it is to win titles, whether teams can still become dynasties in baseball today, and how the Astros and Dodgers set up for...

Duration:00:56:49

The World Series One-ups Itself and Shea Serrano (Ep. 123)

10/30/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss the story lines and hangover from a historic World Series Game 5, including home runs and slick balls (04:30), Clayton Kershaw's renewed postseason struggles (11:30), bad (and depleted) bullpens (14:00), a series of incredible comebacks and unlikely events involving baseball's best teams and biggest stars (24:00), and Yuli Gurriel's deferred suspension (31:30). Then they bring on colleague and brand-new baseball writer Shea Serrano to...

Duration:00:59:33

The Astros and Dodgers Flip Out (Ep. 122)

10/26/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann go deep on Game 2 of the World Series, a classic tilt between the Astros and Dodgers. They dissect Dave Roberts's fateful decision to pull starter Rich Hill after four innings (02:45), then draft their favorite moments from the game (13:00), from the eight home runs (16:00) to the bat flips (18:00) to a series of bizarre outfield deflections (27:30). They conclude by discussing the Yankees' controversial decision to part ways with manager Joe...

Duration:00:54:58

Championship Series Wrap and World Series Preview (Ep .121)

10/23/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann close the book on the championship series by reviewing the Astros' incredible curveball usage (and bullpen avoidance) in ALCS Game 7 (02:45), tipping their caps to the vanquished Cubs and Yankees (14:00), and discussing their top reasons to be excited about the World Series and explaining why the Dodgers-Astros matchup seems so even (21:00). They finish by reflecting on the dismissal of Dusty Baker and the managerial moves of the Mets, Tigers,...

Duration:01:00:58

The Yankees' Comeback, the Dodgers' Dominance, and Problems With Playoff Managing (Ep. 120)

10/19/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down both championship series, starting with the Yankees' comeback from an 0-2 deficit to take a 3-2 lead over the Astros (05:00), the resurgence of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (08:00), the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium (15:45), misleading momentum (19:30), and the Astros' issues on offense and in the bullpen (21:00). Then they discuss how the Dodgers have outplayed the Cubs en route to a 3-1 series lead (38:00) and how the Cubs saved...

Duration:01:01:05

Astros Aces, Dodgers Bats, and Two 2-0 Series (Ep. 119)

10/16/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann discuss Ben's furtive baseball-watching on his wedding weekend (02:00), then break down both of the 2-0 championship series (05:00), beginning with the brilliance of Astros starters Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander (12:00), the riveting tag team of José Altuve and Carlos Correa (21:30), the exciting send-off Altuve gave Game 2 (25:00), and the offensive struggles of Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez (27:30), and ending with the heroics of Yasiel...

Duration:00:58:15

Strasburg's Statement, the Yankees' Comeback, and Farrell's Firing (Ep. 118)

10/12/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann marvel at a sick Stephen Strasburg's brilliant performance in Game 4 of the NLDS (02:00) and condemn the macho culture that questioned his character before the start (10:00). Then they analyze the Yankees' unlikely recovery to beat Cleveland after trailing 2-0 in the ALDS (25:30), preview the Astros-Yankees ALCS (35:00), salute the three teams eliminated from the playoffs this week (48:30), and reflect on the firing of former Red Sox skipper...

Duration:00:58:24

Weekend Takeaways and the States of the Series (Ep. 117)

10/9/2017
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The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann break down the weekend's playoff action, starting with Joe Girardi's curious relationship with the challenge and Aaron Judge's untimely slump (02:00), then David Price's emergence as Boston's only trustworthy pitcher (23:00) and Jose Altuve's .700-plus batting average (32:45). Then they wrestle with Clayton Kershaw's playoff reputation (37:45), whether Arizona is good enough to come back from a 2-0 deficit (42:00), and Joe Maddon's bullpen...

Duration:00:52:48

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