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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 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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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 8.47: What moves Matter?

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.47: What moves Matter?

    After a slow, sluggish, largely inactive winter, the Cardinals completed a furious finish on the eve of spring training -- trading for Nolan Arenado, re-signing Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, and trading Dexter Fowler. They also added a 6-foot-9 righthander who throws 98 mph. To get a sense of how radically the Cardinals changed the look of their offseason and the view of the fan base, the Best Podcast in Baseball heads to the middle of Missouri, the middle ground of the Show-Me State, and talks with Post-Dispatch Mizzou beat writer Dave Matter. Columbia, Mo., is home to one of the great burger bars in the country -- and a Cardinals bar, as Matter explains -- and being a blend of KC and STL it's a barometer of where the Cardinals are in holding the attention of their fans, including a new generation. With BPIB host Derrick Goold, baseball writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matter talks about the "jolt" a recent move brought, and we riff on SEC baseball, Molina's stature as a Cardinals icon and how to secure it, and more. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored weekly by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball: A conversation with ESPN's Pedro Gomez in Cuba (2015)

    Best Podcast in Baseball: A conversation with ESPN's Pedro Gomez in Cuba (2015)

    Revisiting a conversation in Cuba with the late Pedro Gomez, a celebrated and beloved baseball writer whose sudden death on Feb. 7 led to a cascade of stories on social media from all the people he knew and mentored. This podcast was recorded in December 2015, and some of the progress made back then by MLB, the U.S. government, and Cuba as part of "baseball diplomacy" stalled a year later. From the archives: While waiting for word on their delayed flight out of Havana, Cuba, ESPN's Pedro Gomez and St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball Derrick Goold talk about what they had just seen during Major League Baseball's "goodwill" visit and what they hoped to see result from it. They were two of the 13 members of the media invited on the trip -- which included clinics for youth, press events, and a series of memorable press conferences with Tony Castro, the son of Fidel Castro. Pedro Gomez talks about his parents leaving Cuba three weeks before he was born, and the emotions that surface each time he returns to the island. Also discussed is the excitement that would come from a unified Cuban baseball team. The podcast begins with touchdown in Havana, and the conversation was recorded in a crowded terminal. The Best Podcast in Baseball is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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    • 34 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.45: The Nolan Arenado Show

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.45: The Nolan Arenado Show

    Better late than never -- the Best Podcast in Baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals. The planned brand new episode of BPIB had to be shelved as news broke that the heretofore idle Cardinals, once again, had re-engaged with the Colorado Rockies about third baseman and uber-star Nolan Arenado. After years of being a recurring topic in BPIB, what was different this time? The trade happened, for starters. The Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest trades in their history, and certainly the most complicated. To make sense of it, get to know Arenado, and learn how the Rockies got to the point where they would pay their best player to leave and play for another team, BPIB turns to Jenny Cavnar, pre- and post-game host for the Rockies' games on AT&T Sportsnet in Denver. A Denver-area native, Cavnar has covered Arenado was the minors to being one of the best players in the majors. Along with BPIB host Derrick Goold, Cavnar talks about how the best could be ahead for Arenado and how behind him Coors Field echoes with questions. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design, is produced by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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    • 1 hr
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.44: When will Winter Warm Up?

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.44: When will Winter Warm Up?

    Through the first 2 1/2 months of the offseason, the Cardinals are the one team remaining in the majors that has not added a player from outside to the major-league roster. Good thing their in a division that is hibernating. The National League Central, as a whole, has been leaking talent not adding it this offseason as several teams, the Cardinals included, look to trim payroll. What does that mean for the "legacy" players Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina, who have received scaled-down offers? And what is a "legacy" player? Is the ongoing salary tug-of-war with young starter Jack Flaherty an early indication that he won't be receiving one of the Cardinals' home-spun, homegrown extensions that have defined the past decade? Post-Dispatch writers Ben Frederickson and Derrick Goold explore the answers to those questions. During the recording of this podcast came news that Hall of Famer Hank Aaron had died, on Jan. 22, 2021. The two writers discuss his great impact on the game, and how baseball, as much as ever, could be a beacon for the culture -- if baseball can stop squabbling, that is.

    The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.43: The Man in the Mask

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.43: The Man in the Mask

    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina mentions the possibility of retirement, the NL Central has been the least active in the majors this offseason, and the Cardinals' winter has lacked verve while they ask for patience. All of that, and this brand new episode of the Best Podcast in Baseball begins with a question about The Mandalorian. It will all make sense by the end, when we discuss who will be the Jedi Knight to save the Cardinals for this winter of fan discontent. KMOX/1120 AM sports host Kevin Wheeler joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to discuss the three true outcomes of Molina's free agency and what's really going on with the Cardinals' inactive division. The two also touch on the arbitration questions for individual players, "artisanal" statistics, and of course the Disney+ show that has revitalized the Star Wars universe. The Best Podcast in Baseball, brought to you weekly by Closets by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.42: Big Deals & Sign Steals with SNY's Andy Martino

    Best Podcast in Baseball 8.42: Big Deals & Sign Steals with SNY's Andy Martino

    Meet the Mega Mets. Author and baseball writer Andy Martino joins St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball writer Derrick Goold to talk about a huge deal in Queens and a huge book on the horizon -- Martino's "Cheated" about the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal and the fascinating history of baseball's sign-stealing gray area. In the wake of the New York Mets' blockbuster deal for All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, SNY's MLB reporter Martino to discusses the ownership change and aggressive moves in Queens already this offseason. What does Lindor's arrival mean for the Mets, what does Steve Cohen's ownership mean for salary cap talk in MLB, and where might the Cardinals fit into discussions with the Mets or Yankees when it comes to outfielders? Those questions are all discussed, as is what Jeff Lunhow brought from the Cardinals the Astros, and how the culture he created contributed to the Astros plunge over the edge and into sign stealing that cost three managers their positions and suspended Luhnow for a year. The two longtime baseball writers also talk about how Carlos Beltran makes a re-entry into the game. The Best Podcast in Baseball, sponsored by Closest by Design of St. Louis, is a production of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StlToday.com, and Derrick Goold. 

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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
568 Ratings

568 Ratings

That Guy With Opinions ,

Very very good...with a few thoughts.

1. Wish someone could get a handle on the difference in volume between Derrick and his guests in a show. When one voice is incredibly loud and the other is incredibly quiet in on conversation, it makes the show unlistenable. This show has been on for years. This is an easy easy fix which I wish would happen.

1. The dancing fairies music bed and intro blurb on the front side of the show doesn’t usually work too well. It’s difficult to hear because the audio is consistently too quiet when listening in the car. If you’re hearing it with closed-ear headphones or in a quiet environment, the nuance of the cutesy-ish audio sort of works, but in real-world listening environments, it’s just confusing and a bit irritating.

2. This show doesn’t seem to be a strong suit for Ben. He seems like a fine fellow and knows baseball, but his tone and, well, personality don’t mesh with Derrick’s.

I’ve been waiting for Ben to settle down and find his groove and it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

Derrick seems to be consistently exercising patience while Ben fumbles his way through attempts at humor and steps on Derrick’s measured wisdom. Derrick is a rare talent and Ben is, well, simply not nearly as good. If Derrick found a better co-host, it would be a really nice step forward for the show, but I understand that could be difficult to find since I’m assuming this podcast is one of many many responsibilities to take on in modern journalism.

Go Cards!

Meatball Subs ,

Needs more interaction between speakers

Too often the podcast is mostly the host asking very long and leading questions or talking in long blocks of time. I’d prefer more interaction between him and his guests.

Tony Mantia ,

Keep ‘em coming

Love when there’s a crossover with reporters from other teams—like the latest with Martino of SNY. Really enjoy hearing C. Trent—always has a great take. BenFred and Anne Rogers are great. Love the Commish. Would be open to hearing from other baseball scribes in other markets, and/or either Cardinals front office personnel or MLB execs. GREAT hearing Bernie again. I would be interested to hear stuff on early STL Cards, Browns, and/or Stars history. The Sklar Bros is a stand out episode. Would enjoy an episode with Jason Stark. Keep ‘em coming!

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