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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman will serve as your guides to the good, bad, and utterly bizarre corners of the baseball world and all that makes them special. In the run-up to the delayed season, they’ll dive into the rabbit hole on some of their favorite fascinations, from the home run derby to baseball brawls and more. Once the MLB season returns, they’ll break down the latest news and developments with their trademark wit and irreverence.

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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman will serve as your guides to the good, bad, and utterly bizarre corners of the baseball world and all that makes them special. In the run-up to the delayed season, they’ll dive into the rabbit hole on some of their favorite fascinations, from the home run derby to baseball brawls and more. Once the MLB season returns, they’ll break down the latest news and developments with their trademark wit and irreverence.

    The Origins of ‘Backyard Baseball.’ Plus: Best Shape of His Life SZN Is Here.

    The Origins of ‘Backyard Baseball.’ Plus: Best Shape of His Life SZN Is Here.

    To celebrate video game week on the site, we’re joined by ‘Backyard Baseball’ creator Nick Mirkovich to discuss how the game got started, the quirks that made it such a megahit, and its enduring legacy (31:52). Before talking to Nick, we speed-round all the news coming out of spring training: Mariners CEO Kevin Mather’s resignation, the myriad of players showing up in “the best shape of their lives,” Yoenis Céspedes speculation, Albert Pujols’s potential final season, and more (1:30).

    Read Zach Kram’s ‘Backyard Baseball’ piece here.

    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
    Guest: Nick Mirkovich

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Dodgers and Justin Turner Reunite. Plus: Your Guide to 2021 College Baseball.

    The Dodgers and Justin Turner Reunite. Plus: Your Guide to 2021 College Baseball.

    After being cut short by the pandemic in 2020, college baseball is returning this weekend. If you don’t currently watch, we’re making the case for why you should (32:30). Before that, we discuss Justin Turner reuniting with the Dodgers (1:48) and draft a starting rotation of the pitchers who have signed one-year deals this offseason (21:01).

    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
    Guest: Kyle Peterson

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The MLB Offseason Power Rankings

    The MLB Offseason Power Rankings

    The Padres, Cardinals, and Mets made big splashes on the trade market, while the Blue Jays hit home runs in free agency. The Rockies did … well, we don’t really know, and the Pirates acquired some important prospects while they rebuild. We rank the offseasons of all 30 teams, from those that improved the least to those that improved the most.

    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The Nolan Arenado Trade Is a Statement of Rockies Dysfunction. Plus: Dustin Pedroia’s Retirement.

    The Nolan Arenado Trade Is a Statement of Rockies Dysfunction. Plus: Dustin Pedroia’s Retirement.

    We open this week by discussing The Athletic’s report that Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway sexually harassed multiple female reporters during his time in Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles (1:08). Then, we discuss the Nolan Arenado trade from every angle: how good Arenado is, whether this makes St. Louis a serious contender, and what exactly the Rockies are doing (21:30). Finally, we wave goodbye to Dustin Pedroia’s career by inviting Joon Lee, a Red Sox fan, and Randy Wilkins, a Yankees fan, to discuss what Pedroia’s lasting legacy will be (55:00).

    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
    Guests: Nick Groke, Joon Lee, Randy Wilkins

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Hank Aaron’s Life and Legacy

    Hank Aaron’s Life and Legacy

    We discuss the breaking news that JT Realmuto will re-sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for 5 years, $115 million (1:07), as well as the Jameson Taillon and Adam Ottavino trades (6:00), before bringing on ESPN’s Clinton Yates to discuss the titanic life of the great Henry Aaron, who passed away at age 86 last week (25:30).

    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman
    Guest: Clinton Yates

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Padres Won’t Stop Trading for Pitchers. Plus: The Yankees Finally Bring Back DJ LeMahieu.

    The Padres Won’t Stop Trading for Pitchers. Plus: The Yankees Finally Bring Back DJ LeMahieu.

    We discuss the news that the Mets fired GM Jared Porter after an ESPN report detailed his harassment of a female reporter during his time with the Cubs in 2016 (1:28). Then, we recap a busy week in baseball transactions: Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove joined a growing cadre of talented starting pitchers in San Diego, DJ LeMahieu finally got inked to come back to the Yankees, and the Bronx Bombers took a flyer on former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (6:00).
    Hosts: Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

    • 1 hr 1 min

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