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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 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...

Duration: 01:21:13

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 Baseball....

Duration: 01:11:13

Best Podcast in Baseball Crossover Event: Doorbuster Deals

In order to unpack all that happened at the winter meetings -- and all that could yet happen as the holidays near -- chief and podcaster deluxe Tim McKernan invites St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold into the studio to talk Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Evan Longoria, how to sell St. Louis to a free agent and much, much more. The interview, done originally for The Tim McKernan Show, is repackaged here for Best Podcast in Baseball listeners...

Duration: 00:56:02

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 tanking...

Duration: 01:11:24

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...

Duration: 00:49:55

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.

Duration: 01:28:18

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...

Duration: 01:10:52

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....

Duration: 01:15:50

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...

Duration: 01:06:27

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...

Duration: 00:17:53

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...

Duration: 00:58:04

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...

Duration: 00:30:36

Best Podcast in Baseball Crossover Event: Jon Jay Invitational

CSN Chicago's Cubs beat writer Patrick Mooney invites St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to join his podcast, Cubs Talk, so why not do two podcasts with one recording. Come along for a conversation about the division, the rivals, the managers, Dexter Fowler, and how the Cubs' front office setup gives us a glimpse of the Cardinals' new setup. With a series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on the horizon, the Cubs have made their move -- and a move on the standings....

Duration: 01:04:36

Best Podcast in Baseball reset: Alex Reyes and Carson Kelly at Futures Game

In advance of All-Star Week 2017, a special look back at the 2016 Futures Game and the two standout prospects the Cardinals sent to San Diego: "This week Alex Reyes wowed baseball with his 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball and his 101-mph fastball at the annual Futures Game. All Carson Kelly did was provide one of the highlights that will define the game for a few years -- just by providing the would-be home run that was robbed by one of the hometown Padres prospects. But before all of...

Duration: 00:25:52

Best Podcast in Baseball 5.09: Tommy Pham's Hunger Games

"Need to eat." That's one of the pregame catchphrases -- or mottos, as Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham says -- that teammates shout during their handshake, clap-slap, high five drills in the dugout. It's a reminder to stay hungry. Or, as Tony La Russa used to say, "Stay greedy." That's the launchpad for a brand new full-length Best Podcast in Baseball, hosted by St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold. Joined by Ben Frederickson, Post-Dispatch and columnist, and...

Duration: 01:10:29

Best Podcast in Baseball 5.08: The Great Rearrangement

But is it a ... Question mark? Or, exclamation point! In response to an 0-7 road trip, the Cardinals rearranged manager Mike Matheny's coaching staff and, beneath the headlines, sent a clear message: Impatience has arrived. A series loss to Milwaukee only underscores the Cardinals' disappointment with the team they have -- and, in the words of general manager John Mozeliak, the team they did not "envision." In the latest full-length episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball, St. Louis...

Duration: 01:09:10

Best Podcast in Baseball Crossover Event: Enquirering Minds

Before Scooter Gennett went and rewrote the whole day with his four-homer launch into history, two beat writers who cover teams in the National League Central met in Cincinnati newsroom for the crossover podcast event of the summer. Or at least a close second. C. Trent Rosecrans, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Derrick Goold, of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, merged the Reds Beat Podcast and the Best Podcast in Baseball for one hourlong talk on ETAs. When will the Reds arrive as a contender?...

Duration: 00:50:54

Best Podcast in Baseball reset: 'The one with Paul DeJong'

A foursome of Cardinals minor-leaguers have announced their presence at spring training with strong performances in the early Grapefruit League games: scrappy Harrison Bader, speedy Magneuris Sierra, resurgent Patrick Wisdom, and Paul DeJong. He's a bit of everything. And that's the point. A third baseman when draft, DeJong has come to his first major-league spring training as a shortstop, and that's where the Cardinals intend to start him at Class AAA. They want to find as many places as...

Duration: 00:31:09

Best Podcast in Baseball 5.07: Losing a Tripleheader

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used to refer to a game where he got a key player rest and won the game as "winning a doubleheader." He also would refer to a loss that also cost him a player as "losing a doubleheader." It's been a tricky week for the Cardinals, as the title of this brand new, double-length Best Podcast in Baseball implies. Matt Adams traded. Extra innings lost. Luis Robert signed -- by the White Sox. Post-Dispatch staff writers Derrick Goold and Benjamin Hochman...

Duration: 01:21:34

Best Podcast in Baseball 5.06: Building Speed

After a runaway road trip that saw the Cardinals welcome the future and outpace the past, the club returns to St. Louis in first place and set to host the team everyone thought would be in first place, the archrival Chicago Cubs. Welcome to the NL Central, where the standings aren't quite what they seem. St. Louis Post-Dispatch writers Derrick Goold and Benjamin Hochman discuss the Cardinals' 6-0 road trip and an infusion of speed from Tommy Pham and 21-year-old rookie Magneuris Sierra. Do...

Duration: 01:05:22

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