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The Athletic's flagship baseball podcast features some of the best writers and thinkers in the game. Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Hunter Pence, Keith Law, Grant Brisbee, Derek VanRiper and more come together four days per week to guide you through the Major League Baseball season. With rumors, analytics, trivia, prospects, and big name interviews, we've got you covered from the hot stove through the World Series.

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    • 4.6 • 67 Ratings

The Athletic's flagship baseball podcast features some of the best writers and thinkers in the game. Ken Rosenthal, Jayson Stark, Doug Glanville, Hunter Pence, Keith Law, Grant Brisbee, Derek VanRiper and more come together four days per week to guide you through the Major League Baseball season. With rumors, analytics, trivia, prospects, and big name interviews, we've got you covered from the hot stove through the World Series.

    Carlos Rodón's resurgence, early pitching risers, and Keith's updated 2021 MLB draft prospect rankings

    Carlos Rodón's resurgence, early pitching risers, and Keith's updated 2021 MLB draft prospect rankings

    Keith Law and Derek VanRiper discuss Carlos Rodón's long road back to the White Sox's rotation and Wednesday's no-hitter against Cleveland, early pitching risers, the changing profile of Byron Buxton, and Keith's recently updated Top 50 prospects list for the 2021 first-year player draft. 

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    • 55 min
    The Art of pinch hitting, early interesting division battles and deep bullpens

    The Art of pinch hitting, early interesting division battles and deep bullpens

    The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are ready to serve you a hot cup of baseball talk this week. They will talk about the art of pinch hitting, some early season interesting division battles and how deep bullpens are a big key for championship teams. Pablo Sandoval has great career numbers as a pinch hitter and Hunter talks about what makes The Panda so great at it. The guys break down some of the early season interesting division battles. The NL East is off to an interesting start and the AL West is pretty much wide open so far. The Giants are really surprising in the NL West and are using great pitching, hitting and defense to get the job done. Farhan Zaidi has a system set up to find the best out of players in every situation during a game. The Red Sox have surprised so far in the AL East and their bullpen has been pretty impressive. Hunter talks about how a deep bullpen is something that a lot of the World Series winning teams have had in the past 10 seasons. And they talk about Hunter's approach as a pinch hitter and if he remembers who he hit his first MLB pinch hit HR off.

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    • 35 min
    Why Joe Buck hates your team, fixing replay and remembering The Vet

    Why Joe Buck hates your team, fixing replay and remembering The Vet

    Joe Buck visits Starkville to discuss his power to jinx no hitters, why he hates your team, why he doesn't love bass fishing, his favorite World Series games, his relationship with his dad and much more (22:10).  
    Also on this episode, Jayson and Doug set out to fix instant replay (1:00), and in the latest edition of Tales from the Doug-out, Glanville shares stories of his favorite stadium of all time, The Vet, which would be celebrating its 50th birthday this month (1:12:25).
    This week's trivia from David Salituro (@DavidSalituro): Johnny Vaner Meer famously has the record for the fewest starts between no-hitters. Who hasthe second-shortest span between no-hitters? Hint: This pitcher coincidentally also has the record for most starts before his first (1:04:40).
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Trevor Bauer's suspicious baseballs, Gleyber Torres' struggles at short and the Padres' need for bullpen help

    Trevor Bauer's suspicious baseballs, Gleyber Torres' struggles at short and the Padres' need for bullpen help

    Ken Rosenthal shares his thoughts on Trevor Bauer, MLB cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances (2:30) and much more in the mailbag...
    -How will the Yankees address shortstop problems?
    -Do the Padres need to add more pieces this season?
    -Is Tony La Russa in over his head in Chicago?
    -Will MLB expand the playoffs in 2022?
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    • 33 min
    Ha-seong Kim's opportunity, slow starts for Hiura and Vaughn, and expectations for Yermín Mercedes and Akil Baddoo

    Ha-seong Kim's opportunity, slow starts for Hiura and Vaughn, and expectations for Yermín Mercedes and Akil Baddoo

    Keith Law and Derek VanRiper discuss the Padres' options at shortstop with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the IL, expectations for Geraldo Perdomo in Arizona, early surprises -- including Andrew Vaughn's slow start at the plate, Keston Hiura's struggle to make contact -- the potential impact of learning a new defensive position on offensive production, and more. 

    Rundown
    2:21 Ha-seong Kim & the Padres’ Depth Behind Fernando Tatis Jr. 
    9:06 The Importance of Seeing Players Against Upper Level Competition
    15:53 Geraldo Perdomo Gets the Call to Arizona
    19:00 Andrew Vaughn’s Slow Start at the Plate
    22:14 Keston Hiura’s Soaring Strikeout Rate
    27:08 How Sustainable is Yermín Mercedes as a Big League Hitter?
    32:45 Akil Baddoo’s Huge First Week
    36:04 The Value of Game Reps for Rebuilding Teams

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    • 49 min
    First week surprising teams & players to keep an eye on

    First week surprising teams & players to keep an eye on

    The Baseball Barista with Hunter Pence & Grant Brisbee are back to talk about an exciting opening week of baseball and what teams/players surprised them the first week. One of their biggest surprises of the opening week was how much the A's have struggled so far. The Phils and Angels really impressed the guys in the first week of the season. Ohtani has looked amazing at the plate and on the mound so far. Mike Trout has shown a lot more fire this season and you can see if effecting the team in a good way. Hunter talks about what it takes to be able to be the vocal leader of a team and how you have to be able to back it up on the field. Hunter talks about how hard it is to hit off Kershaw. They talk about how much the Tatis Jr injury will hurt the Padres and baseball in general. And Hunter talks about 2 young players that have really surprised him so far in the early season.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Hey224456 ,

Awesome

Love the shows. Thank you

J Palumbo ,

Outstanding commentary & column by Ken Rosenthal

As someone who has been reading Ken Rosenthal’s outstanding work since his days at The Baltimore Sun his commentary on Monday’s podcast about MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta was articulate, accurate & exceptionally well written & spoken. Keep up the great work!

HistoryHeg ,

So Far So Good

Interesting first episodes with great guests and Grant is an excellent, well prepared host

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