Best Podcast in Baseball

St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Ben Frederickson 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 7.01: Jupiter Landing

    Feb 10 2019

    As the Best Podcast in Baseball begins its seventh year, host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, talks with Hall of Fame baseball Rick Hummel about the 10 questions -- and more -- confronting the Cardinals as they report to spring training. Health (Marcell Ozuna), production (Dexter Fowler), pitching (Carlos Martinez), and closing (Jordan Hicks?) are factors for the Cardinals to explore in March so that they can return to October. This episode, the season premiere of ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.32: Winter Wrap-up

    Jan 18 2019

    Surrounded by the low murmur, modern pop, and tidying buzz of a hotel lobby, St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Benjamin Hochman discuss the team that the Cardinals will try to pitch to fans during the annual Winter Warm-up. The three-day event in downtown St. Louis will be the first introduction of Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller to the fans -- but have the fans already moved on, hankering for something new, something else, some spending already. Hochm...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.31: An Etch-A-Sketch Roster

    Jan 10 2019

    After a brief hibernation -- and two botched attempts to produce a podcast -- the Best Podcast in Baseball returns with the first episode of 2019. A chill has swept through baseball's offseason, leaving many free agents still on ice and fans icy about the moves not yet by the Cardinals. But have they closed the gap on the Cubs and Brewers? St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Ben Frederickson explore the division race through the lens of winter moves and try...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.30: A Four Corner Offseason

    Nov 30 2018

    Best Podcast in Baseball returns to a weekly schedule with its first brand-new episode of the Hot Stove Season. Local broadcast hero Kevin Wheeler, of 101.1 FM/WXOS joins Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold for a lengthy debate on the many ways the Cardinals could go this winter to improve their team. Idling is not an option. Or is it? Is it even a strategy? Wheeler and Goold debate the different ways the Cardinals could use their two greatest assets -- pitching depth and straight cash, ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball, Revisited: The one from Havana, Cuba

    Nov 28 2018

    In 2015, Major League Baseball dispatched a group of players and officials to Cuba to host a series of clinics for young ballplayers and test the waters for some "baseball diplomacy." The Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold, co-host of the Best Podcast in Baseball, was one of the few reporters to travel with the tour, and while waiting through a delay at Havana's airport had a chance to catch up with ESPN's Pedro Gomez about what they just experienced. This podcast in re-presented as it originally app...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball, Revisited: The one with the Sklar Brothers

    Nov 26 2018

    Revisiting a few favorite BPIB episodes this week, starting with that one time Randy and Jason Sklar met Benjamin Hochman and Derrick Goold for pizza at Pi in the Central West End. A podcast ensued. Originally aired on Oct. 18, 2015. From the archives: Randy and Jason Sklar, the world-famous Sklar Brothers and hosts of Sklarbro Country, grab lunch at Pi in Central West End with St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Benjamin Hochman and baseball writer Derrick Goold. The two St. Louis natives,...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.29: The Ballpark Village Accord

    Oct 18 2018

    The biggest takeaway from the Cardinals' season-wrap press conference -- an hourlong chat with the St. Louis-area media hosted by John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations -- was how this is an offseason of action, not quotes and comments and talk. Action. That's the agreement that the Cardinals should enter into with the fans, and that is the accord that that media should use to evaluate the winter. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson joins baseball writer Derrick Goold to ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.28: Wrapping with the Cat

    Oct 15 2018

    Like that one time The Critic met The Simpsons or when Arrested Development stumbled into Law & Order, the Cardinals offseason starts with a crossover you didn't know you wanted and many years in the making: The Cat Chat, featuring the award-winning Jim Hayes, of Fox Sports Midwest fame, and the Best Podcast in Baseball join forces. In the same studio. No script. No limits. Plenty of regional cable excellence. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold, host of the Best Podcast in Bas...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.27: Windy City Litmus Test

    Sep 28 2018

    From downtown Chicago and at the finish line of the regular season, the Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you weekly by Lumberlend Co., finds the Cardinals on the periphery of the wild-card race and in need of a Miracle at Wrigley Field to reach October. St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold and sports columnist Benjamin Hochman convene to revisit the sweep by the Brewers, preview the series against the Cubs, and discuss whether Tuesday offers a litmus test for the Cardinals: ...more

  • Best Podcast in Baseball 6.26: Fish Scales

    Sep 21 2018

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson officially surrenders and joins the Christian Yelich Appreciation Society -- but remains unconvinced that the Cardinals would be any different had they been able to trade for the lefthanded hitting, MVP-ready outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. With a possible Brewers-Cardinals/Ozuna-Yelich showdown on the horizon in the National League wild-card game, a brand-new Best Podcast in Baseball takes a look at the gamble the Cardinals would h...more