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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.

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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 8.24: The Zero Defect Ziploc

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.24: The Zero Defect Ziploc

    After a week when the podcast could would have been outdated by the time it reached your ears, the Best Podcast in Baseball returns -- out of Milwaukee and into the precarious future for the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis radio staple Kevin Wheeler, a contributor to Siruis/XM and KMOX/1120 AM, joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to talk about the nature of covering the COVID-19 outbreak that engulfed the Cardinals on their road trip and what the team looks like as it tries to return to play. The difference between reporting on rumors and riffing on rumors is only the beginning as Wheeler joins the discussion about Dylan Carlson's promotion, the Cardinals' exhausted pitching depth, protocols at the ballpark, and, of course, the notion of a Zero Defect Ziploc. Is that the only thing that will keep the 2020 season -- for the Cardinals or for baseball -- from coming undone. Consider the Cardinals a cautionary tale. The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you weekly by Closets by Design, is a production of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.23: Happy Opening Day

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.23: Happy Opening Day

    It's later that usual. The season is shorter than ever. And the postseason, we learned after recording this episode, is going to include more teams. Welcome to Major League Baseball in 2020. St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Ben Frederickson joins baseball writer Derrick Goold to preview the St. Louis Cardinals 2020 season, as they open the 60-game sprint against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have set their roster, and top prospect Dylan Carlson is not on it -- yet. The NL Central could be the tightest division race in the majors. The Cardinals threw a curve ball when they veered from their usual path of least resistance and named Carlos Martinez the fifth starter and careerlong starter Kwang Hyun Kim their closer, a role he's never had in a regular season. And the biggest question facing the Cardinals remains their lineup and where they're going to unearth offense. The clock is ticking on finding that answer -- starting now. The Best Podcast in Baseball is a production of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold. 

    • 59 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.22: A Noble Experiment

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.22: A Noble Experiment

    With the St. Louis Cardinals speeding toward opening day and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's 2020 Baseball Preview section about to drop its 26-page extravaganza, including a poster-ready cover of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright, the podcast takes a brief detour to the other side of the state and a visit with Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger. The Kansas City Royals will visit Busch Stadium for an exhibition game on July 22 -- the Cardinals' first game against an opposing team in 133 games. It's the Cardinals first chance to catch 22, Royals manager Mike Matheny, and his first appearance in uniform at Busch since the Cardinals fired him midway through the 2018 season. The Royals are a team in the middle of a reinvention, and what they're trying do will some familiar to Cardinals fans. They want to draft and debut pitching, pitching, pitching. Development is where the Cardinals have found their edge. Can KC? Mellinger and Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold discuss that -- and navigate a few tangents about covering baseball during a pandemic. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a weekly production of The Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.21: The New Big Fish of Chicago Baseball

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.21: The New Big Fish of Chicago Baseball

    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 discuss the rising Sox of the American League Central, the possible magic of a game in a cornfield, and how the Cubs are in a "fragile" spot in their club's current era. Greenberg, a longtime resident of St. Louis, also talks about the changing tone of the Cubs fans base and how his return to Chicago, where he grew up, has helped crystallize what he misses about living in St. Louis. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design, is a production of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.20: Back to Baseball at Busch

    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 season through to a championship. And, the biggest thing standing between the Cardinals and their success still remains unanswered: How are they going to score more runs? The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you by Closets by Design, is a production of STLtoday.com, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Derrick Goold.

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

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

    '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 of which will rely on the discipline of players and anyone affiliated with the team to change habits and commit to the health of others. It's a big undertaking. And it could be a massive celebration of baseball's community and willingness to work together. Also discussed is how weird teams could get -- six-man rotation, quick hooks for veterans, and much more. Plus, Frederickson recommends a promotion and PSA for the Cardinals that should have happened yesterday. The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you by Closets by Design, is a production of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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