Ben Lindbergh is really good, but Michael Baumann can't help pushing his personal policital beliefs. If you are looking for a more baseball focused podcast try Ben's other podcast effectively wild.
Daily podcast consumer. Of all the baseball shows I listen too, this is my least favorite. Not on the same level as Baseball Tonight podcast, or MLB Morning Lineup, both of which I would assess and this showâs direct competitor. When I have no other episodes from other shows to listen to Iâll listen to Ringer MLB, but certainly not in my daily lineup. Hosts are not very dynamic and are boring.
Iâm jealous. Mostly Iâm infotained. Thatâs the byproduct of infotainment, right? Yes. This podcast infotains me about baseball.
Will there be an update before the World Series?I get more opinion, faster by reading the paperBtw, the Sox won, see you three days after!Sorry, can I get this report in Morse code, or on a stick ticket?See you at the end of Spring Training!
This is very analytics heavy podcast (great) that really ignores its own biases (not great). Iâve listened to it a dozen or so times, itâs not great. Literally after game two of the World Series, Alex Cora wasnât mentioned within the first 30 mins of the podcast. Very little actual baseball is discussed. They spent 10 mins during the World Series talking about expanding the field of play. They are great writers, but good God.
The Ringer has so much good basketball content but I think there baseball content is severely underrated. Bauman, Kram, and Lindbergh are so smart when it comes to the MLB and I love the new format this year. My only request would be more then one pod a week!!
Sound like their balls havenât dropped yet.
Red Sox-Yankees is the most overhyped rivalry. NOBODY DENIES THIS!!!?! Like the other most recent reviewer, I enjoyed the previous podcast format of Michael and Ben bantering about recent statistical trends, funny college baseball player names, and what constitutes batting a round. However, making this about âthe fan experienceâ just imports the mediocrity of sports radio and turns the pod into another vanity extension of Simmonsâ personal tastes and affectations (re: The Rewatchables). Baumann deserves better!!
They all love sabermetrics. Too much for my baseball taste. To the point where thereâs little jokes.
Each episode showcases yet another valiant attempt by The Ringerâs baseball statboys to make MLB and its players seem interesting. Yet in the end, I must conclude that baseball truly is for a time that passed, rather than a pastime.
Like the focus on analysis, rather than interviews. Really good.
So to start Iâm a huge fan of The Ringer series of podcasts back when Grantland still existed. Bill and Robert Mays have been staples of my feed for a while now so I was excited to hear some MLB talk. Unfortunately, this podcast and its hosts rely too much on topics that arenât very entertaining. Itâs fun to watch my favorite team the Red Sox play. I also enjoy catching highlights of games involving exciting matchups between the Astros and Aâs for example. So my disappointment mounts when I turn to this podcast and see them talk about the Mets (again) for another hour, or Bryce Harper, or one of the LA teams. Instead of discussing the crazy magic of the Aâs, or how the Mariners are a contender, or the messy NL central, we get another boring discussion about Mike Trout. There are way better baseball podcasts out there and if they wonât bother with being either informative or entertaining then Iâll just go elsewhere.
If youâre into listening to entire episodes centered around big market teams with a below .500 record and never hear a word about any other teams, this is the podcast for you
Love baseball. Great podcast to listen to.
Very informative and helpful
Best MLB podcast I can find but ONE show a week isnât cutting it!
Donât stop Michael youâre getting to pick up your host game. Keep it up
Anyone who disagrees with Michael the genius is too old and white to appreciate his wisdom.
But bring back the old theme song.
Love all The Ringer podcasts, but I need more MLB. In season there should be two shows per week. I love it - need more!
Michael does a great job, but only one episode a week is disappointing. More time for Ben would be nice as well. You guys have enough time to do 5 underwhelming NBA shows a week, but only one baseball? Maybe try to even things out a bit.
Last season when the podcast was just Ben and Michael it was full of interesting, intelligent analysis and discussion. This season it has begun to lean in the direction hot takes worthy of sports radio and ESPN headlines. The recent episode where Bill Simmons was brought on to talk about the Red Sox and Ohtani was awkward and embarrassing.
Intelligent banter. Friendly advice to Zach Kram: Stop the constant upspeak.
Liked this much more when it was just Michael and Ben taking about baseball. Not interested in Bill Simmons talking about the Red Sox.
Listen - it isnât that I *dislike* the podcast. Itâs just that I canât understand the idea behind dumbing down the podcast for the casual baseball fan. Although some of the podcasts in the old format had some dull guests and topics, the incredibly forward-thinking, intellectual conversations between Lindbergh and Baumann made the podcast a must listen. As the sport is becoming more niche every season, I just donât see how adhering to the very casual baseball fan makes sense for this podcast. Maybe you get a few more downloads, but the quality is definitely down this year. I would much prefer two podcasts a week where one goes over the state of the league and one takes a deep dive into any random topic Lindbergh and Baumann feel like discussing.
I love this podcast but itâs neglected by the ringer staff. The ringer nba podcast seemingly has a new post every week day but this seems to be bi-weekly at best. How Shohei Ohtani is less interesting than obscure Celtics bench players that Brad Stevens cooks up in his lab is beyond me.
Love the new format! Baumann and Lindbergh were a great combo, but the entertainment value was minimal. I found the conversation between the two to grow stale after a while. I love the assortment of guests that brings new energy and insight every 15 minutes or so.
So glad this is back for the 2018 season. I miss the old theme music, but the content is top notch and fun to listen to. The format has changed and depending on how it goes in '18, this could become my favorite baseball podcast (currently #2 behind Effectively Wild). Great magazine show about what's happening in baseball, mainly MLB of course. It has an analytical slant and it managaes to take a long term perspective on things, which is appropriate.
Without a doubt the greatest MLB podcast on the Ringer! The old theme music was better though.
I really enjoyed the rapport between Ben and Michael last year along with all of the interviews. If this podcast is now going to be *insert ringer staff member talking about their team* count me out. I donât want to hear fans talking about their teams. Thatâs sports radio and itâs the worst. I want to hear smart analysis by smart guys (what was most of last year) and Michael harassing Ben about labor and management and awkward college baseball name games.
How do you go almost 5 months and not do a show? I get it the offseason was slow, but man.
Smart guys who get good interviews and have a fun outlook on recapping baseball.
Please put Lindbergh and Baumann back on the air. This is a fantastic show!
Make this offseason turn on plz
Ben and Michael do a good job recapping the news and discussing baseball happenings. Pod is much different than Benâs other baseball one (Effectively Wild) that you can listen to both without much crossover. Be prepared for a classic Baumann rant every month or so... Anxiously awaiting the end of their winter exile.
Please find a new partner for Ben. I would prefer a show that only talked about what happens on a baseball field. Hard to not get 5 stars with Ben on here.
No, seriously...the ringer mlb is that good. Well-researched, fact-based, intelligent, articulate, low rant-to-airtime ratio. By comparison, I was listening to Siriusâs Power Alley during the World Series & the commenter spewed 5 minutes of outdated cliques about âmomentumâ and âpitching wins championshipsâ. I started yelling at my car radio...had to turn it off. So, thank you ben & mike for destroying baseball talk radio for me. No really...Iâm so such happier to listening to you.
The thing I love about The Ringer is the way it blends nerdy over analysis with passionate fandom. The Ben & Michael hosted shows only seem to have 1/2 of that. Its clear they love baseball, but after a thrilling post season, their voices didnât rise above âmildly interested.â I would love it if Mallory Rubin (or someone similar) was involved to amp up the love of the game.
This is what podding is about
I no longer listen to it because of the self-important "expertise" exhibited by Michael Baumann. He will not hesitate to rant about social injustice and other causes, while also making deprecating comments about "old people" and "fans from the 60's". Apparently if you are above a certain age he feels that you are worthy of his scorn. The baseball content of the podcast is actually good, but too often I have to forward through Baumann's rants. Not worth the trouble.
This pod has improved so much since it started and I've really started to enjoy it. There aren't many baseball podcasts out there and this is probably the best. They're extremely knowledgeable and tend to have very interesting guests
I've always liked baseball, but this podcast gives me an opportunity to geek out and learn interesting insights to the game I love.
Lindbergh and his co-host make baseball analytics fun, like baseball itself.
Ben and Michael have a great rapport. Listening to them feels like a conversation I'd have with a smart baseball fan. They consistently bring on interesting guests, and ask great questions. I highly recommend listening.
Great guests, always great interviews! Ben and Michael are a great pairing for the show. They work really well together.
I was a devoted listener to Effectively Wild until I started listening to the Ringer MLB Show. The same brilliance (and, with Ben Lindbergh, one of the same hosts) as Effectively Wild is here but with a much cleaner, tighter format. Plus, they give great, in-depth interviews of current and former players, execs, and other people associated with the game. This is my favorite baseball podcast.
Ben and mike are whip smart and make it an interesting listen every week. Could use some more college baseball though
Looking forward to a deep dive on college baseball next time Ben goes on vacation.
I really enjoy the podcast but wish they would discuss more of the actual events that are happening in the season - players who are playing well, teams that have surprised, etc.
Ben and Micheal are one of my favorite podcasting duo, but Mallory needs to make more appearances on the pod!