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The next round of the MLB postseason is upon. We are one stage away from the World Series with four teams looking now to punch their tickets by winning either the ALCS or the NLCS. The Houston Astros and New York Yankees started Friday night, with the Astros taking an early series lead. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs begin their series Sa…
 
The busiest part of baseball's postseason is upon us — all four division series will be going by Friday. Friday, in fact, is the best baseball day of the year, as all eight remaining postseason teams will be in action in their respective ALDS and NLDS.On a new StewPod, the Yahoo Sports' baseball podcast, we're talking to two men in the thick of it …
 
The most unique event of the Major League Baseball season is happening Sunday night, as the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals forego a standard big-league game and head to Williamsport, Pa., to play in the first ever Little League Classic.The idea: Take two big leagues and have them play in the heart of the Little League World Series. MLB …
 
The Chicago Cubs are back. Since the All-Star break, the defending champs have shaken off that World Series hangover and taken control back in the NL Central.This week on the podcast, we're talking to a man who might be so happy you'd think he's still part of the team. Well, he kind of is.Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg — who is also an official team amb…
 
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is having another impressive season, getting even better at the plate than he was the last two seasons. His batting average is up, so is his on-base percentage and he's looking even more at home at Yankee Stadium, where even though he had the toughest of shoes to fill, he's become a fan favorite.On this wee…
 
In a new episode of The StewPod, the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas joins us to talk about the upcoming All-Star game. In the podcast, we talked about:• Stanton vs. Judge in the Home Run Derby• How it's reminiscent of Thomas vs. Griffey• Frank Thomas' tips to win the derby• Can the Big Hurt still hit dingers?• Young stars…
 
With all the Unwritten Rules Theater we've seen around MLB this week, The StewPod imagines a world in which a new baseball league is starting and we have to decide which unwritten rules to keep and which ones to ditch.Mike Oz and Chris Cwik are joined by Bad News Ramen and Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg.We're also talking about Kyle Schwarber getting …
 
With the MLB Draft right around the corner, Jordon Adell is waiting for his life to change forever.Adell, a top-ranked high-school player from Louisville, Ky., is expected to be drafted in Monday's first round. Depending on who listen to, he could be a top-10 pick or a top-20 pick. Regardless, scouts all believe he has a high upside. Adell has the …
 
First a thing you know about Arizona Diamondbacks star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt: He's one of the best players in the league. And that's consistent, year in and year out. He's a big reason the D-backs are one of this year's most surprising teams in MLB.Now a thing you might not know about Goldschmidt: During the 2013 baseball season, when he w…
 
This week's StewPod is the stuff of legends — and that's mostly because St. Louis Cardinals great Ozzie Smith is joining us.On the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast, we're talking with Smith about baseball's changing rules, plus Chris Cwik and I are digging into the soon-to-be legendary Madison Bumgarner injury, which has all of baseball talking as we …
 
The Internet had never been happier for a Hall of Famer than it was for Tim Raines, who finally, in his final year on the ballot, got the word that he'd be immortalized in Cooperstown. The news is a few months past now. Baseball season is here. And every day we're inching a little bit closer to the end of a 10-year saga.Tim Raines is going to be a …
 
The amount of time the average baseball fan spends thinking about their fantasy team would likely terrify you. Trust us, we're speaking from experience. While your other league-mates are busy watching those other sports, you're creating 19 different spreadsheets, setting up Twitter alerts for every minor-league club and mapping out astrology projec…
 
The World Baseball Classic is upon us and baseball's international tournament finds itself in a very familiar place as far as its American participation is concerned: How do we get more U.S. stars to care?The WBC has proven in the past that the United States — where we call baseball our National Pastime — just doesn't care as much about winning on …
 
David Ross rode off into the sunset in the best way possible. In his 15th season in the big leagues, Ross helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series and break their infamous curse. He had said early on that 2016 was going to be his last season, so how's that for an ending?Only Ross, 39, didn't slip quietly into retirement. His playing days are ov…
 
Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves joins the show and we talk a lot about the Hall of Fame.Here's a rundown of the entire show:- Contrary to reports the StewPod is not moving to L.A. and getting a new logo- Dansby Swanson joins the show to talk about becoming a New Era ambassador, being the face of the franchise for Braves and lots more.- Bad New…
 
It's Hall of Fame season in baseball, and with that comes all sorts of opinions and analysis. Including this: One projection says five new players could be voted in this year, the most by BBWAA voters since the historic 1936 class, which was the first.Nathaniel Rakich created a model for using public ballots to project what the final results will b…
 
Mike Trout is baseball’s drama-free superstar — the type of guy who still lives in his hometown, works out with his friends and still frequents the same haunts he did before he had two MVP awards. So when Trout agreed to come on this week’s StewPod, the Yahoo Sports’ baseball podcast, we quickly learned he was living another drama-free day: hunting…
 
Dexter Fowler finds himself in a fascinating place these days: He's still riding high off the Chicago Cubs' World Series win, but he's also a free agent and it's looking increasingly likely his time with the Cubs is over.The Cubs signed Jon Jay to a one-year deal on Tuesday, which many fans and people in the industry took to mean that the Cubs won'…
 
Life still isn't back to normal for Addison Russell, the 22-year-old Chicago Cubs shortstop who helped break the curse and deliver the first World Series title to the North Side since 1908.Russell took part in the team's giant parade, got whisked off to Disney World and even was given the key to the city in Pensacola. You know what they say: To the…
 
Podcast: Joe Buck explains why he doesn’t actually hate your teamThe 2016 World Series is right around the corner. While we wait to figure out just who will be playing the Cleveland Indians we know for sure that Joe Buck will be there. As Fox Sports’ lead broadcaster, Buck is everywhere — MLB playoffs, Super Bowl, etc. He’s the soundtrack to modern…
 
As baseball still processes the shocking death of Jose Fernandez, this week’s StewPod offers you a new perspective on the life of Fernandez.It belongs to Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst for MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight,” who had built a friendship with Fernandez since his emergence as one of the best pitchers in the game. In fact…
 
Are the Boston Red Sox likable? This week’s podcast started with that question and morphed into something else. On the StewPod, we’re assessing the likeability of each team involved in the MLB postseason chase. Basically: Are they baseball’s heels or a team to cheer for?We’re also talking about the season’s biggest disappointments, the latest blow …
 
The world of baseball gave us three questions this week: What was A.J. Preller thinking? Was Adam Jones right? Can the Cubs really do it?We tackle all three (and more!) in this week's StewPod, which finds Liz Roscher joining me. We dig into whether the Padres should be so quick to forgive Preller, their GM who was suspended Thursday for keeping a r…
 
Curt Schilling is a man with no shortage of opinions. And this week baseball has been ripe with things to have an opinion about, including Alex Rodriguez’s retirement and Tim Tebow’s attempt at a pro career.So on this week’s StewPod, the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast, Schilling his opinions sharing them with us. Schilling gives us his view on A-Rod…
 
It’s that time of the baseball season where Jeff Passan’s phone is buzzing with information. Yes, the trade deadline is coming on Aug. 1, which means teams are making moves and our pal Jeff is trying to wade through the rumors and find the truth.He took a few minutes out of his day — well, like 30, actually — to talk about the trade deadline for th…
 
John Smoltz joins the StewPod to take us inside the All-Star game from his rather unique point of view. Smoltz will be calling the game this year for Fox Sports and, as a player, was an eight-time All-Star. He talked to us about both sides of the All-Star game, his favorite memories as a player and what he's looking forward to in the booth this yea…
 
This week on the StewPod, we're talking to one of this season's breakout players and discussing another much-talked-about baseball brawl. It's a fun one.Nick Castellanos of the Detroit Tigers joins the show to talk about his breakout season. The 24-year-old third baseman is finally fulfilling the potential the Tigers saw in him when they traded Pri…
 
In this week's StewPod, we talk about Barry Bonds dissing Joc Pederson when he asked for a pic and whether opposing teams in modern sports should be buddy-buddy.We also talk about Matt Harvey, Julio Urias, Wade Boggs and the Padres national anthem fiasco. Plus Mike tells the story about the time Mark McGwire dissed him.…
 
In this week's installment of The StewPod, the Yahoo Sports baseball post, Mike and Chris talk about MLB predictions they regret, plus ones they're happy with and some up-in-the-air predictions they're sticking with.Also discussed: The fallout from the Bautista-Odor fight, why Mike is upset about the Bartolo Colon "double life" story and ballparks …
 
There's almost nothing more than a baseball survey. OK, maybe a Bartolo Colon home run. But getting peoples' opinions about baseball in survey form is a lot of fun — and often surprising, as it was on Thursday when Public Policy Polling, a well-known political poller, released its annual sports survey.And believe us, it asked the important question…
 
Adam Jones is many things — an All-Star outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, a Silver Slugger, a husband and father, a fun follow on social media. But there's another thing he loved to talk to us about on the latest installment of the StewPod, the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast.He's quite the foodie. Whether he's tweeting his #StayHungry hashtag or…
 
We've got an All-Star edition of the StewPod for you this week, as we're joined by MLB legend Dave Winfield and Yahoo Sports fantasy expert Scott Pianowski. If you're looking for a podcast that will both help yearn for a trip to San Diego for the MLB All-Star game and help fix your fantasy baseball team, this is it.Winfield, along fellow San Diego …
 
Here's a fun story: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is a big fan of the Golden State Warriors, which isn't too surprising since he grew up in the Bay Area. When Trayce Thompson was traded to the Dodgers this winter, he became pals with Pederson. Now, they're living together. Thompson is, of course, the brother of Warriors star Klay Thom…
 
If someone were going to bring dabbing to baseball, it makes a whole lot of sense that it's Carlos Gomez. The Houston Astros outfielder is one of baseball's biggest personalities. He celebrates when he does well. He gets upset when he doesn't. But even then, you'll find him smiling a few minutes later and having fun with fans. And possibly dabbing.…
 
We're a few days into the Major League Baseball season and we can't even wait to put everything in perspective. So on this week's StewPod, we're playing a game called Small Sample Size Theater, in which we explore the biggest trends of the first week and discuss whether they're legit or results of small sample sizes.Among our topics: Can Carlos Cor…
 
MLB icon Johnny Bench makes an appearance on the podcast. He tells us about his campaign with Kingsford Charcoal to take back opening day, as well as when opening day went astray.Other topics we touch on:• What else is wrong with baseball• Bat flips• Catchers and concussions• New rules about take-out slides• The generational divide in baseball• Why…
 
With opening day getting closer by the hour, this week's podcast is devoted to everyone's favorite thing this time of spring — predictions. Oh yes, The StewPod has predictions for you.And so does Aaron Boone, the ESPN analyst who you'll see this season on Sunday Night Baseball alongside Dan Shulman and Jessica Mendoza. That's the team you'll hear c…
 
Opening Day isn't the only day that some baseball fans call in sick. If they're dedicated to virtual baseball, fans consider Tuesday a holiday too. It's the day "MLB The Show 16" drops. "The Show" is the premiere baseball video-game title on the market, a game that prides itself on realism so much that a number of MLB stars are part of the game's d…
 
Baseball season is almost here, which means that fantasy baseball IS here. On this week's podcast, we're joined by Scott Pianowski of Roto Arcade to talk about the 2016 fantasy season, including which players he's high on and which he's avoiding.We talk about many other strategies along the way too and talk about our favorite fantasy draft experien…
 
Baseball, like society at large, is still trying to digest its on-going divide between the new school and the old school. We saw that in no uncertain terms Thursday, as Bryce Harper and Goose Gossage dominated the headlines for straddling each side of baseball's bubbling culture war.There's Harper, who called baseball "tired" because of its unwritt…
 
Baseball is back — for the spring anyway. The question is, how much should we care about the results? The first spring-training games started this week and you now have free reign to prematurely freakout about their favorite team. But should you? That's what we're talking about on this week's podcast. How much do spring training results matter? Wha…
 
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