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Bernie Miklasz and Derrick Goold bring you inside talk on the St. Louis Cardinals and MLB.

Bernie Miklasz and Derrick Goold bring you inside talk on the St. Louis Cardinals and MLB.
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Bernie Miklasz and Derrick Goold bring you inside talk on the St. Louis Cardinals and MLB.




Best Podcast in Baseball 6.06: Leading Off, Lineup Angst

In a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Lumberlend, Co., St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and columnist Ben Frederickson get into the middle of the Cardinals' order and discuss what's gone wrong, already, with the team's offense. Has outside temps put the hitters in a deep freeze? Is there something more sinister at work -- because the lack of offense has put the bullpen and rotation near a breaking point. The hitting philosophies of hitting coaches is...


Best Podcast in Baseball 6.05: Setting the Stage

They'll be back. Soon you'll see. The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to by Lumberlend Co., sets the stage for a culturally significant week in St. Louis. Not only does "Hamilton" open at the Fox Theater, but the St. Louis Cardinals return home for an annual, if official, civic holiday: Opening Day at Busch Stadium. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hocman joins baseball writer and BPIB host Derrick Goold to discuss where arts and baseball intersect, and what strengths the...


Best Podcast in Baseball 6.04: Opening Daze

From New York, where the Cardinals opened the 2018 regular season against the New York Mets, it's the Best Podcast in Baseball brought to you by Lumberlend Co. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writers Rick Hummel and Derrick Goold run through what went wrong in the Cardinals' opening loss to the Mets and whether spring things are neon harbingers for the season -- or red herrings. Calros Martinez's ongoing troubles with command are compared against the two starters who had the strongest...


Best Podcast in Baseball short: 'The one with Jason Isringhausen'

He's the all-time saves leader in Cardinals history and now Jason Isringhausen is back with the organization to help identify the next young Cardinals closer -- or three. In an expanded role as a pitching coordinator and tutor for the Cardinals' minonr-league organization, Isringhausen works with young pitchers, specifically ones the Cardinals believe could be the answer to future ninth innings. That means he's set to spend time this year with Jordan Hicks, Ryan Helsley, and a handful of...


Best Podcast in Baseball 6.03: The Impressionists

Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, joins the Best Podcast in Baseball to discuss the top three storylines of the first week of games and the impressions some players have made -- and others have not. Pitching drives most of the discussion, as Hummel and BPIB host Derrick Goold discuss the first turn through the rotation, the importance of Miles Mikolas' second start, and what to make of the ninth inning. Always Be Closing might be the motto of the...


Best Podcast in Baseball 6.02: Fresh Grapefruit

As the first games of spring arrives, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold welcomes KMOX's sports host Chris Hrabe to the BPIB, borrows his recording equipment and Fishbowl Studios, and launches into a preview of the Cardinals' early squeeze of the Grapefruit League. Into their third week at Jupiter, Fla., Hrabe and Goold discuss changes they've seen in spring workouts -- and what to watch for in the early games of the exhibition schedule. And who not to watch for because...


Best Podcast in Baseball 6.01: Spring Arrives, Chill Persists

The sixth season of the Best Podcast in Baseball opens in Jupiter, Fla., as host Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer, and colleagues Rick Hummel and Benjamin Hochman discuss the 10 most-pressing issues facing the Cardinals at the start of spring training. Recorded in a conference room at a nearby real estate agency, the trio of Post-Dispatch writers explore how the Cubs adding Yu Darvish has rewritten the division race, and whether the Cardinals have the rotation, the...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.21: Scurryfunge for Spring

From the Post-Dispatch Podcast Studios in downtown St. Louis, host Derrick Goold and columnist Ben Frederickson discuss on the Cardinals and other Major League Baseball clubs are trying to scurryfunge their rosters before spring. That is, they're hastily cleaning them up before company arrives. Within this podcast, the Cardinals outfield is compared to the Brewers' new-look outfield, STEAMER projections are discussed, and an epiphany is had about the Cardinals curious crop rotation of...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.20: Writers on the Block

A special BPIB reunites the four members of the radio show that aspired to the be the longest-running show in St. Louis radio history -- but only lasted 13 months. The Writers' Block featured BPIB host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and was hosted by PD columnists Ben Frederickson and Benjamin Hochman and produced by Chris Gardner. All four gather in the Treehouse Studios to talk about the Winter Warm-up, the bullpen, the impressions so far of the 2018...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.19: Shopping for Certainty

Long before the temperatures drop, baseball's hot stove season went cold. What gives? St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and columnist Ben Frederickson plunge into the stagnant market and discuss what the Cardinals can -- and should -- do about the ninth inning and their search for a closer. In-house candidates are discussed. Market factors are explored. And a question is presented: Why is a team with more resources than any other positioned now to start...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.18: Christmas comes to Clark Ave.

As the most active team at this year's winter meetings, the Cardinals didn't land the hitter they reached for, but did hook a big fish before leaving the marshland of Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Marcell Ozuna is coming to town, complete with his Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. After covering his first winter meetings, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and man of many hats Ben Frederickson pulls up a chair in the Treehouse Studios for a holiday edition of the Best Podcast in...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.17: MVP (Most Valuable Possibility)

Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel, fresh off a conference call with National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold for this brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball. The two baseball writers discuss their excellent adventure at the annual GM Meetings, the Cardinals pursuit of the 59-homer slugger, the need for a reliever (or two) at the back end of the bullpen, and whether it's time for the BPIB to start...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.16: Live from the Stanton Meetings

From the GM Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold finds a spot in the hotel lobby, amidst a swirl of general managers and baseball execs, to talk with Sporting News baseball writer Ryan Fagan about ... well, what else? Giancarlo Stanton. The biggest bat in the game is also the biggest name on the market as the Marlins and at least six teams, including the Cardinals, talk about a trade that could reshape any lineup. The conversation starts...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.15: Post-Dispatch sportswriters entertain crowd at STL Sports on Tap

The first STL Sports on Tap, on Wednesday at the Schlafly Tap Room, drew a crowd of sports enthusiasts to listen to Post-Dispatch sportswriters and columnists tell stories and answer questions.


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.14: Making the Call on a Closer

For the first time since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won the National League pennant, and with it ousted the reigning champs, the Chicago Cubs, from October. The Cubs find themselves similar to the Cardinals, just a few weeks later: Out of the postseason and in need of a closer. Let the race begin to see how these two rivals finish games. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman rejoins the conversation with baseball writer Derrick Goold and explores what options are...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.13: Conjuring Magic, a Crossover Event

A special crossover episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer and BPIB host Derrick Goold joins Tim McKernan, a local radio legend and founder of, to discuss all things Cardinals, a few things baseball, several things Cubs, and just what is the story behind the red hats on the road and the Han Solo headset. McKernan has launched 'The Tim McKernan Show' podcast, and here he's allowed the interview to be repackaged for the BPIB audience....


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.12: Reload, Rebuild, or Rebrand

BPIB is back, belatedly, but back. Ben Frederickson, the host of such podcasts as Eye on the Tigers, joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss the inevitable end of the Cardinals' 2017 season. The cliff is coming. The chasm between the Cardinals and their rival Cubs is widening. How to bridge the gap? Or, should the Cardinals take seven steps back, yield the division for another year or two, and then snap back to contention -- just as the Cubs did? That's the...


Best Podcast in Baseball short: 'The one with Chris Carpenter'

HALL OF FAMER, REVISITED: From 2004 to 2012, Chris Carpenter embodied what it means to be a modern ace. But that came at a cost. In this Best Podcast in Baseball short, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and baseball writer Derrick Goold talks with Carpenter about his return to the Cardinals organization -- and that 2011 postseason run that may have sped him toward retirement. Sitting in a dugout before a Grapefruit League this spring, Carpenter and Goold discuss the righthander's famed...


Best Podcast in Baseball 5.10: 'We can't be quiet either'

As both a civic icon and one of St. Louis' ambassadors to the world, are the Cardinals starting to find their voice on social and political issues? Should they? St. Louis Post-Dispatch metro columnist Tony Messenger, an award-winning reporter and opinion-shaper, joins baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss the Cardinals' place in a changing, hyper-political climate, and whether the Cardinals brand, so deeply rooted and strong in history, gives them a foundation to take a stance on issues...


Best Podcast in Baseball short: 'The one with Jedd Gyorko'

When the Cardinals traded Jon Jay to San Diego to land Jedd Gyorko they got a second baseman (which they already ahead), an infielder under control (which they were soon to have), and power (which they always need). What they actually got was something far more, something even Gyorko didn't expect. A year after leading the team in home runs, Gyorko has become the team's cornerstone at third base and its cleanup hitter. In a brand new BPIB short, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer...


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