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St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and other Post-Dispatch sports columnists as they discuss the Cardinals, Major League Baseball, and, as so often happens, anything tangentially related to the national pastime and the city that adores it.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and other Post-Dispatch sports columnists as they discuss the Cardinals, Major League Baseball, and, as so often happens, anything tangentially related to the national pastime and the city that adores it.


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St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and other Post-Dispatch sports columnists as they discuss the Cardinals, Major League Baseball, and, as so often happens, anything tangentially related to the national pastime and the city that adores it.




Best Podcast in Baseball 9.02: Natitude to the Max

The Washington Nationals arrived in St. Louis for the first of six games in 10 days against the Cardinals and, for the first time, had the lineup they imagined during the offseason. How long will they keep it together? That question resonates in St. Louis not just because the Cardinals might be shopping for a starting pitcher (ahem, Max Scherzer) but because the Cardinals and Nationals have taken such different routes to building their teams, to correct offensive issues, to contend in a...


Best Podcast in Baseball : Testing your patience

Thank you for your patience. BPIB is back. After a spring delay, the Best Podcast in Baseball returns in time for the Cardinals' home opener and discusses just how much patience fans and the Cardinals should have -- not for a podcast, but for production, for performance. KMOX/1120 AM Kevin Wheeler joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold for a conversation about patience and advanced metrics. The patience allowed the rotation is different than the patience afforded the...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.47: What moves Matter?

After a slow, sluggish, largely inactive winter, the Cardinals completed a furious finish on the eve of spring training -- trading for Nolan Arenado, re-signing Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, and trading Dexter Fowler. They also added a 6-foot-9 righthander who throws 98 mph. To get a sense of how radically the Cardinals changed the look of their offseason and the view of the fan base, the Best Podcast in Baseball heads to the middle of Missouri, the middle ground of the Show-Me State,...


Best Podcast in Baseball: A conversation with ESPN's Pedro Gomez in Cuba (2015)

Revisiting a conversation in Cuba with the late Pedro Gomez, a celebrated and beloved baseball writer whose sudden death on Feb. 7 led to a cascade of stories on social media from all the people he knew and mentored. This podcast was recorded in December 2015, and some of the progress made back then by MLB, the U.S. government, and Cuba as part of "baseball diplomacy" stalled a year later. From the archives: While waiting for word on their delayed flight out of Havana, Cuba, ESPN's Pedro...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.45: The Nolan Arenado Show

Better late than never -- the Best Podcast in Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. The planned brand new episode of BPIB had to be shelved as news broke that the heretofore idle Cardinals, once again, had re-engaged with the Colorado Rockies about third baseman and uber-star Nolan Arenado. After years of being a recurring topic in BPIB, what was different this time? The trade happened, for starters. The Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest trades in their history, and certainly the most...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.44: When will Winter Warm Up?

Through the first 2 1/2 months of the offseason, the Cardinals are the one team remaining in the majors that has not added a player from outside to the major-league roster. Good thing their in a division that is hibernating. The National League Central, as a whole, has been leaking talent not adding it this offseason as several teams, the Cardinals included, look to trim payroll. What does that mean for the "legacy" players Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, who have received scaled-down...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.43: The Man in the Mask

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina mentions the possibility of retirement, the NL Central has been the least active in the majors this offseason, and the Cardinals' winter has lacked verve while they ask for patience. All of that, and this brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball begins with a question about The Mandalorian. It will all make sense by the end, when we discuss who will be the Jedi Knight to save the Cardinals for this winter of fan discontent. KMOX/1120 AM sports host...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.42: Big Deals & Sign Steals with SNY's Andy Martino

Meet the Mega Mets. Author and baseball writer Andy Martino joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to talk about a huge deal in Queens and a huge book on the horizon -- Martino's "Cheated" about the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and the fascinating history of baseball's sign-stealing gray area. In the wake of the New York Mets' blockbuster deal for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, SNY's MLB reporter Martino to discusses the ownership change and aggressive...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.41: New Year, New Resolution

Cue the music. Polish that crystal ball. It's the final brand new episode of 2020, and after the welcome return of the BPIB holiday song by Annalyse Crowders and Rob Krosley, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Benjamin Hochman joins host and baseball writer Derrick Goold to share hopes for the New Year and some thoughts on where the Cardinals are headed on the field, where the Cubs are going in the standings, and where baseball can continue to advance off the field. The Cardinals...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.40: Hindsight is 2020

Any time the biggest story in the world and most significant story in the country collide with the coverage of any beat, that's the most important story of the year. In the 40th brand new episode of the season for BPIB, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson and baseball writer Derrick Goold discuss their selections as the top five stories from the 2020 St. Louis Cardinals. They range from a telling decision that will have repercussions to two defining players who might be...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.39: Remembering Cardinals Icons with Rick Hummel

Any time is a good time to tell stories about Bob Gibson and Lou Brock, and the end of this year offered a time to visit with Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel about the two Cardinals icons that he got to know as Hall of Fame players and, most of all, friends. Hummel joins BPIB host and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to reminisce about his favorite stories and legends and moments from two Cardinals icons who died in 2020. The two writers also recall Dick Allen's...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.38: An Orchard of Lower-Hanging Fruit

It the middle of what would have been baseball's annual winter meetings -- that crucible of scuttlebutt, swaps, and signings -- Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak outlined a team in talks, but at a standstill. He requested "patience." And acknowledged there weren't many clear answers. But there are obvious questions. St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson joins BPIB to discuss a 'white-knuckle' 2021 and whether the Cardinals are really positioning...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.37: Shattering the Status Quo

The Friday the Miami Marlins announced the hiring of Kim Ng as their general manager was a landmark day in Major League Baseball history, and one of the stories that best captured the joy, the enthusiasm, and the call to action throughout the baseball community was written by's Cardinals beat writer Anne Rogers. She reached out to other women in baseball -- trailblazers and role models alike -- to talk to them about Ng and the first woman hired to lead the front office of a...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.36: The Cooperstown Inquiry

A brand new Best Podcast in Baseball is all about negotiations -- negotiating the ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame or negotiating the designated hitter into the National League. St. Louis broadcasters Dan McLaughlin, the television voice of the Cardinals for Fox Sports Midwest and founder of Scoops with Danny Mac, and Kevin Wheeler, of 1120 AM/KMOX fame, join the podcast for two discussions that hinge around this same thing. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.35: Hedged Bets, Bluffs, and One Big Gamble

One of the biggest unknowns for any Major League Baseball club in the 2020-21 offseason is how many tickets they'll be able to sell to how many games in the coming season. Revenue talk is all the rage, and into the conversation saunters word that a casino operator Bally's Corporation will have branding rights for several teams' broadcasts, including the Cardinals, and may infuse elements of gambling into the televised games. Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson joins baseball...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.34: Glory Days & Future Haze, a Reunion with Bernie Miklasz

Bernie Miklasz, co-creator of the Best Podcast in Baseball and longtime, essential sports voice of St. Louis, joins the podcast he first hosted to discuss with Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold all that has happened in the past few months, and what's next for him. Miklasz, an award-winning and widely read sports columnist for the Post-Dispatch, left several years ago to focus on radio, but before he did he helped jumpstart the podcast that has become BPIB. So BPIB returns to him as...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.33: Catching Unicorns with Insider Mark Feinsand

"The Cardinals are the consistency, that nice cup of cocoa on a cold winter's night that is always there to warm you up. It's always there," says Mark Feinsand, executive reporter and insider for MLB Network. In a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball, Feinsand joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss the chill in the air as free agency opens for Major League Baseball, but there's so little simmering on the Hot Stove. Feinsand details the market for...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.32: Men not Machinations

Kolten "Gold Glove" Wong is a free agent. Tony "Men not Machines" La Russa is the manager of the White Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series champions. Randy Arozarena is an October star. And Justin Turner doesn't think the pandemic rules apply to him. A lot has happened in the past week, and so the Best Podcast in Baseball turns to someone who talks a lot -- about baseball. Kevin Wheeler, back with KMOX/1120 AM, visits again with BPIB host Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.31: Sting Rays (Post-Dispatch at the World Series)

Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin, the busiest man in baseball joins the Best Podcast in Baseball, live from the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field, it only sounds like we're shouting at you from Texas. Fair warning: Due to technical difficulties during the recording of this episode of the BPIB, the audio files were lost and the backups garbled or corrupted, so what follows is the salvaged audio pieced back together. As a result, the interview is edited for clarity, and the spots...


Best Podcast in Baseball 8.30: The Cardinals Alumni Association

A handful of Cardinals alumni are rising stars of October -- leading their teams deeper into the playoffs than their former team reached. Randy Arozarena, a former Cardinals outfielder, and the Tampa Bay Rays advance to the American League Championship Series my leaping past St. Louis native and former Cardinals first baseman Luke Voit and the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the National League, former Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who took a run at the Triple Crown in 2020, and his new...