Best Podcast in Baseball

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 8.21: The New Big Fish of Chicago Baseball

    Jul 10 2020

    Remember Luis Robert, the uber-talented outfielder from Cuba who the Cardinals tried to woo before falling short of the Chicago White Sox's offer? Well, the Cardinals are scheduled to face him and the Sox in Dyersville, Iowa, near the site of the Field of Dreams, and his Chicago teammates have nickname for him. Brace yourself. They call him: Trout. Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Steve Greenberg joins the Best Podcast in Baseball and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to di...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.20: Back to Baseball at Busch

    Jul 03 2020

    As the Cardinals hold their first official workout of the rebooted 2020 season, Chris Hrabe, of KMOX/1120 AM, joins BPIB host and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to field seven questions that confront the Cardinals as they ready for the 60-game dash of the 2020 season. The questions range from the field -- who will be the first starter? who will close? who will play left field? -- to the environment and whether baseball and its players will remain healthy enough to see this...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.19: A Gargantuan Feat of Human Cooperation

    Jun 30 2020

    'Stay healthy. Get weird.' That's the motto suggested for the 2020 Major League Baseball season as teams begin to report to their "summer camp" sites and ready for the first official workouts after more than three months of stoppage due to the global pandemic. St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writers Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson discuss the chances of actually having a baseball season in the face of spiking coronavirus cases and the massive, strict protocols in place for teams to follow, all...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.18: 'The one with comedian Greg Warren'

    Jun 18 2020

    'Ladies and gentlemen, Greg Warren ... ' St. Louis native Greg Warren, whose comedy special 'Where the Field Corn Grows' will debut on Amazon, Amazon Prime Direct, Google Play, and elsewhere on June 30, 2020, joins the podcast before his show in Myrtle Beach to discuss his fondness for the Cardinals and whether baseball can withstand some self-inflicted bruises as the owners and players' union tussle and try to save the 2020 season. Warren joins two other Mizzou School of Journalism grads, St. L...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.17: 'The one, as Flag Day approaches, with Mike Claiborne'

    Jun 10 2020

    The arrival of Flag Day every June 14 at Busch Stadium means one thing -- it is now Mike Claiborne-approved to begin talking about and looking at the standings. This year, those standings are empty, indefinitely ppd. Tandem crises have engulfed the United States and baseball could play a part in reopening a country and bringing it together, if owners and players can wade through their public squabbles to an agreement on the 2020 season. Claiborne, a Cardinals broadcaster and host of ClaibsOnline...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.16: Releasing the Johnny Appleseeds of Baseball

    Jun 04 2020

    This past week, Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained his organization's plans to continue paying minor-league players a full stipend and not release any players, and he did so with an eloquent description of how the minor-leaguers of today are the coaches, scouts, and umpires of the future that help nurture and grow the fans and players of generations yet to come. Call them the Johnny Appleseeds of baseball. And there will be fewer in 2021 -- and possibly beyond. To better u...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.15: A Forecast into the Cardinals Future (For Now)

    Jun 01 2020

    A special bonus episode: Baseball America national writer Kyle Glaser joined Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold for a series of videos to discuss the future at every position for the Cardinals. Their conversation was part of an eight-day, eight-part series that appeared in The Post-Dispatch and online at StlToday.com. For BPIB listeners, the entire conversation has been combined here to offer a look into the impact players the Cardinals have on deck, on the horizon, and the positions wh...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.14: Sports on Tap (Home Edition)

    May 28 2020

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson, from his home office in the St. Louis area, hosts a night at the round table with four of his colleagues: Blues beat writer Jim Thomas, Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter, sports columnist Benjamin Hochman, and baseball writer Derrick Goold. Viewers were invited to ask questions throughout the broadcast, and this is the audio-only recording of the event. There's baseball talk, rink talk, Tiger talk, and even some small talk as five members o...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.13: The Swing Kings of (Big) Fly-Over Country

    May 24 2020

    The Heartland Division? Fly-Over Central? The Breadbasket Rivalries? We're still working on the name, but the clock may be ticking. Major League Baseball's plan to start a shortened 2020 regular season is likely to include a revamp of the divisions and a merger between the Cardinals' National League Central and the American League Central. The result will be a geographically condensed division right in the middle of the country -- and perhaps the awakening of new rivals, not to mention a more ri...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.12: Can Baseball Overcome the Capital-B Business of Baseball?

    May 20 2020

    Major League Baseball has delivered a proposal for how it can return for a shortened, highly-structured 2020 regular season, and that has revealed the parallel tracks the owners and players are driving. There is the precaution of health and the motivation of wealth and revenue -- and where these two intersect is the start of a discussion between St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson and baseball writer Derrick Goold. By nature of their position, the owners control serve and g...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.11: A Test of Clubhouse and Coaching Culture

    May 07 2020

    As conversations about baseball's return gain volume, how clubs return from this lengthy stoppage of all official activities will be more than a test of talent -- it will challenge the existing clubhouse culture and the organization's leadership. That starts with trust -- and courage, says Southern Illinois University pitching coach Tim Jamieson. The longtime head baseball coach at the University of Missouri joins a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball to talk coaching during quarantine, the trait...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.10: Catching Up, Counting Down

    May 02 2020

    This past week Cardinals veteran Yadier Molina, a constant at catcher for nearly two decades, suggested that he would pursue free agency this winter if he and the team cannot come to an agreement on an extension. He previously had said he would either play for the Cardinals or retire. Now, he wants to play. His preference is to be a Cardinal. But his priority is to play. St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Benjamin Hochman joins podcast host Derrick Goold, a baseball writer at the newspaper...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.09: 'The One with Balukjian's Wax Pack'

    Apr 30 2020

    Author Brad Bulukjian joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss his new book, "The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife." The concept is so genius it should make you jealous. Balukjian took a pack of 1986 TOPPS baseball cards, opened it, and then set out on the road to find each player inside the pack -- from Steve Yeager in Los Angeles to Don Carman in Naples, Fla., to Garry Templeton in San Diego and Vince Coleman in ... well, we will get to...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.08: Is This the End of NL-Style Baseball?

    Apr 17 2020

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson, fresh off streaming some live baseball from Asia, joins baseball writer Derrick Goold and the Best Podcast in Baseball to discuss official signs of optimism for the return of sports and Major League Baseball. Players are getting creative to stay in shape (see: Goldschmidt, Paul and Voit, Luke), leagues will get creative to play a season (see: Grapefruit League vs. Cactus League), and fans will be asked to be patient as games likely happe...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.07: 'The one with Flotsam and Jetsam'

    Apr 09 2020

    What do you know about Finnish Baseball? Let Tom Timmermann explain. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's hockey writer and resident uber-sportswriter Timmermann and Amy Marxkors, of KMOX/1120 AM, join the Best Podcast in Baseball to discuss baseball in a bubble, hockey staying on ice, and just how far we should be willing to shape, change, and wedge professional sports into the schedule and format that allows them to return as quickly as possible. Marxkors and Timmermann, the co-hosts of 'Flotsam and ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.06: Let Them Eat Cake

    Mar 31 2020

    "This has been a curveball for us and our jobs," begins St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson before discussing how to cover sports in a time without sports when there is a much larger, more serious story. The answer? It's the same as when you're covering a sporting event: Write the people. Find the heroes. The real ones this time. Frederickson rejoins StlToday.com baseball writer Derrick Goold and the Best Podcast in Baseball for a discussion about cake -- the gift of it and...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.05: The Opening Day That Wasn't

    Mar 25 2020

    The Cincinnati Reds won the offseason Yahtzee with good vibes coming from a surprise pitching staff (check), a big free-agent signing (check), a sexy addition of modern pitching tech gurus (check), a hometown and feisty manager (check), and a bright young talent on the horizon who stirred imaginations in spring (check). Alas, they won't get the traditional stage to show it. On the eve of Cincinnati's civic holiday -- baseball's opening day in the city of one of the first pro teams -- The Athleti...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.04: Campfire Tales for the Baseball Fan

    Mar 21 2020

    Author and New York Times national baseball columnist Tyler Kepner joins a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball to discuss an April without baseball and his book, "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches," which is now available in paperback. With host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kepner -- joining the podcast from a socially approved social distancing distance, all the way in Connecticut -- discusses his favorite pitch, its master, the curveball, its master, and ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.03: Baseball in a Time of Coronavirus

    Mar 14 2020

    A day after Major League Baseball shutters spring training camps and two days after the global pandemic coronavirus causes the cancellation of spring training games and delay of opening day, the remaining baseball writers covering the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., gather to discuss how to cover a game with not games, a sports without competition, a team in a time of national emergency. St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel joins sports columnist Ben Frederickson, MLB.c...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.02: Showing Off Our Range

    Mar 05 2020

    Advanced defensive metrics are in good hands as 'The Fielding Bible V' drops this week, and one of the authors, Mark Simon, joins The Best Podcast in Baseball to discuss the evolution of defensive stats, some of the best fielders at each position, and if there is way to put in simple terms (runs) how the Cardinals can compensate for a lack of offense with a robust, even elite defense. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold, making his way across the state of Florida after covering...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 8.01: The Defining Five

    Feb 29 2020

    The eighth season of Best Podcast in Baseball begins with a brand new episode and a question, borrowed from a baseball podcast in Britain: What five players define your relationship with baseball? St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold talks with Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel and MLB.com Cardinals beat writer Anne Rogers about the players that made them baseball fans, the players that kept them baseball players, and the players that mark their transition from baseball f...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.35: 'The one with Bat Flips & Nerds'

    Feb 24 2020

    'Bat Flips & Nerds,' a UK-based baseball broadcast hosted by a group of British seamheads, invited St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold onto their show to discuss the 2020 London Series, the Cardinals traveling abroad to face the Cubs, and much much more. But really they talked about pubs. Russell Eassom hosted the podcast, and the crew at Bat Flips & Nerds, which you can find on Twitter and on its Web site, was kind enough to allow for a crossover episode, using the aud...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.34: A Step in Their Spring

    Feb 10 2020

    Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel joins the Best Podcast in Baseball for the finale of the podcast's seventh season, right on the eve of Cardinals' pitchers and catchers reporting for 2020 spring training. The Cardinals have some cleaning up to do in camp -- specifically finding a cleanup hitter. BPIB host Derrick Goold talks with 'The Commish' about whether the offense is the be-all, end-all question for the Cardinals, and how long they can go into the season without an answer. In his 43...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.33: You May Ask Yourself, How Did They Get Here?

    Jan 30 2020

    Objects in the sideview mirror are closer than they appear, and the Los Angeles Dodgers could soon flip the Cardinals' brand upside down. Is that a concern? Or do the Cardinals have a business model for that. Fresh from the Winter Warm-Up and packing for spring training, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writers Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson discuss the comments coming from the Cardinals at the annual fan fest, the rigidity of the budget, and if the Cardinals haven't been aggressive to add som...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.32: Deck the Hall with Danny Mac

    Jan 30 2020

    Scoops! Crossover! Dan McLaughlin, the television voice of the Cardinals and uber-host of all things Scoops with Danny Mac, has created a podcast empire, and a new year means new appearances for St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold. As a preview of the podcasts McLaughlin and Goold will do every weekday during spring training and then throughout the season here at the Best Podcast in Baseball and at Scoops with Danny Mac, here is a recent conversation about the voting for the Na...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.31: Signs, Signs, Everywhere They're Stolen

    Jan 17 2020

    At a time when teams are usually generating optimism with fan fests and starting to sell tickets for the onrushing new season, baseball was engulfed by a sign-stealing scandal that has upended two franchises, cost three managers their jobs, and is still unfurling in real time, on social media, with the gleeful participation of active players. In a brand new edition of the Best Podcast in Baseball, St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writers Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson, discuss the fallout from...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.30: The Quandary of Oz

    Jan 08 2020

    New Year. Same questions. Back from a holiday break, Post-Dispatch staff writers Derrick Goold and Ben Frederickson discuss the concerns facing the Cardinals through the lens of offseason negotiations. The Colorado Rockies are exploring trades involving Nolan Arenado, and the Cardinals have long been fascinated by adding the Gold Glove-winning third baseman to their lineup. Is the conversation different today than it was 12 months ago -- and why? And should it matter? The two writers also explor...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.29: The Carlos Question

    Dec 20 2019

    By signing Korean lefty Kwang Hyun Kim to a two-year deal, the Cardinals didn't just add a swingman who could be in the rotation if Carlos Martinez isn't -- they set the bar Carlos Martinez must beat to be in the rotation. In the final brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball in 2019, host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, discusses the Cardinals' addition with sports columnist Ben Frederickson, who makes the point that we're asking the wrong question. Marti...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.28: The Waiting Game

    Dec 15 2019

    After a brief hiatus (thank you for your patience), the Best Podcast in Baseball, fresh off the plane from baseball's Winter Meetings, is back with a brand new episode. The Cardinals have adopted a wait-and-watch approach this offseason, favoring math over mash, data over drama. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold, host of the BPIB, and sports columnist Ben Frederickson discuss the Cardinals' stance and what it has already cost them -- and why their return to October may have m...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.27: Nationals Treasure

    Nov 01 2019

    Recorded hours after the final out of the 115th World Series and before the lights went out at Minute Maid Park, this brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball features a conversation with New York Times national baseball columnist Tyler Kepner, author of the book "K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches." Kepner and Best Podcast in Baseball host and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold talk about what they just witnessed during Washington's Game 7 victory and the first ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.26: Angles in the Outfield

    Oct 26 2019

    From the lobby of a downtown St. Louis hotel on the eve of leaving town for the 2019 World Series, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold visits with colleague and Hall of Fame baseball writer Rick Hummel about the future of the Cardinals for a brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball. The two baseball writers explore improvements the Cardinals could make and changes the Cardinals need to make, and all of the conversation circles back and back again to the outfield. There...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.25: Getting Back in the Swing

    Oct 24 2019

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson rejoins the podcast for a conversation with host Derrick Goold,St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer, to recap the 2019 Cardinals season and, specifically, the offensive funk that led to a swift exit from the National League Championship Series. So swift indeed that we barely had time to record a podcast before the end arrived. So, BPIB is making up for it now. From the tree house studios, Frederickson even has a hot take on the outfiel...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball, Interlude: A crossover with SABRcast

    Oct 22 2019

    A brief tangent, a digression if you will as the Best Podcast in Baseball readies a series of brand new episodes to recap the 2019 Cardinals season and preview the moves for the 2020 Cardinals. Analytics giant, author, and commissioner of the West Coast League, Rob Neyer invited St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold onto his podcast, SABRcast, to discuss baseball writing, baseball fandom in a minor-league time zone, a favorite Yankees cap, and much more more. The interview has be...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.24: Mirror, Mirror

    Oct 06 2019

    As the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Atlanta Braves shifts back to Busch Stadium for the marble game -- Game 3 -- the Best Podcast in Baseball pulls The Athletic's Braves beat writer David O'Brien into the conversation and explores the many similarities in this October series. BPIB host Derrick Goold and the longtime baseball writer O'Brien, who was once with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talk pitching plans for Game 4 and a potential Game 5 and check out the mirr...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.23: The Return of Red October

    Oct 02 2019

    From Atlanta, where the Cardinals open the National League Division Series, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Benjamin Hochman discuss the return to October for the Local Nine and just how many things have happened since the days of yore, back in 2015. The price of bread has gone up. The price of gas has gone down. Hochman got married. So much. In a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you by Closets by Design! of St. Louis, the duo set the stag...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.22: Tangle in the Ivy

    Sep 18 2019

    With 10 games remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals hold a slim lead in the National League Central and have what essentially is a best-of-seven series against the rival Cubs to determine the division champ. On the eve of a four-game series at Wrigley Field, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Benjamin Hochman preview the series and discuss what is at stake for the Cardinals (four years out of the playoffs?!) and for the Cubs (whatever happened to ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.21: 'The one with Kevin Wheeler, unplugged'

    Sep 08 2019

    A special extended edition of the Best Podcast in Baseball that includes some remembrances of Chris Duncan, the Cardinals outfielder, World Series champion, and St. Louis radio personality who died Sept. 6, at 38. Kevin Wheeler, who got his St. Louis start at KMOX/1120 AM, joins the podcast to discuss all things Cardinals, all things lineup, and all things Randy Arozarena with BPIB host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and StlToday.com. Wheeler is asked, given how we...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.20: September Seasoning

    Aug 30 2019

    The BPIB goes BPOC. Big Podcast on Campus. With school back in session, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson joins Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss what the Cardinals could learn from last year's September stumble. The Cardinals, the only team to win 20 games in August 2018, frayed toward the end and lost of eight of their 11 games against division foes and five of their final six games to slip from contention to late dismissal, but dismissal nonetheless from ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.19: The Craftsman's Dilemma

    Aug 25 2019

    After a week's hiatus to go, um, 'on assignment,' the Best Podcast in Baseball returns with a brand new episode featuring host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and guest Benjamin Hochman, sports columnist at The Post-Dispatch. The Cardinals have reached induction weekend for the team's Hall of Fame as a first-place team. The offense has shown sparks of consistency. And that's where we begin this week's conversation -- what to do with the lineup, where to hit Kolten ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.18: Missed Deadline

    Aug 01 2019

    Not that two sportswriters would know anything about missing a deadline, so St. Louis Post-dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson and baseball writer Derrick Goold do their best to make sense of the Cardinals' inactivity for a fourth consecutive trade deadline. When the clock struck 3 p.m. St. Louis time and all of the trades had to be finalized -- including a whopper that sent Zack Greinke to Houston -- the Cardinals found themselves without the starter they chased. They had a hold on first...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.17: 'The one with Brad Thompson'

    Jul 26 2019

    After a career that included five years with the Cardinals, a 2006 World Series championship, and stints as both a starter and reliever, Brad Thompson dropped his sinker and picked up a microphone. It also made him available for the Best Podcast in Baseball. From a perch atop PNC Park, Thompson joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer to talk about his career, the pitch that made him, the pitch that escaped him, and his role as a ubiquitous broadcaster in St. Louis. Thompson is part of The ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.16: 'The one with Mike Ferrin'

    Jul 16 2019

    With the All-Star break behind us, does the National League now begin the long, 2 1/2-month coronation of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the pennant-winner, again? That's the question that launches a brand new Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you by Closets by Design of St. Louis. Mike Ferrin, host of Power Alley on MLB Network Radio and part of the Arizona Diamondbacks radio broadcast team, joins the podcast to discuss the Dodgers, the D-Backs, the Cardinals and the NL race, right up to the tra...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.15: 'The one with Susan Slusser'

    Jun 27 2019

    No longer sitting on 7.14, the Best Podcast in Baseball join's A's-Plus Podcast for an interleague crossover episode featuring Susan Slusser, the San Francisco Chronicle's A's beat writer and California Sportswriter of the Year. BPIB host Derrick Goold, a baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Slusser discuss the deep differences between the usual baseball trade and the trade between the Cardinals and Athletics that sent Stephen Piscotty home to the Bay Area. The two former presiden...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.14: A Statuesque Return

    Jun 19 2019

    On the eve of Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis for the first time since signing with the Angels after the 2011 season, Los Angeles Times national baseball writer Andy McCullough, a former Missouri Sports Writer of the Year winner, joins Best Podcast in Baseball host Derrick Goold to discuss what he's discovered about Pujols' legacy while visiting Mound City. Hint: There's a statue of Pujols waiting for a home. The two baseball writers also discuss the conversion rate on wins in the National Le...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 7.13: 'The one with Baseball Brit'

    Jun 06 2019

    It's the Best Road Trip in Baseball: Joey Mellows, known on Twitter as @BaseballBrit, is, according to his bio, "a cheerful British chap on a 162-game mission to promote interest in baseball." Specifically, he wants to ignite interest in the United Kingdom, where the Cardinals and Cubs are set to play in June 2020. As part of his journey to 162 games this season, he has thrice tried to see the Cardinals -- and rain has interrupted his experience every time. Mellows joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch ...more