Best Baseball Podcasts

A friend of mine was bemoaning the state of sports radio in Toronto when I suggested that he look at podcasts as his source of sports talk “radio”. He’s a hockey and baseball fan. I can’t help with hockey because I’m only a fan every 4 years (hello Olympics!). So here are my favourite baseball podcasts:

And there are only two worth your time. And they are both brought to you by the same folks who brought to you the best damn sports mobile app of all time: The Score.

Drunk Jays Fans

Otherwise known as DJF, this podcast and blog provides everything a Toronto Blue Jays fan could ask for. The writers of the blog also provide everything you don’t want to hear such as why the Jays suck this year. Answer: Too many crap players. Writers Andrew StoetenDustin ParkesDrew Fairservice, and Scott Lewis provide amazing analysis that most writers and sportscasters ignore because of timelines, word count or just plain ignorance about the sport of baseball.

The DJF podcast is just as delightful. However, be careful. The content is NSFW so wear a headset if you listen to it at work or at home around kids. One thing you will notice is two things: Firstly, the crew are not shills for the team or ownership. Which means they tell it like it is. Secondly, they always provide insightful analysis no matter the colour of their language. So it’s both entertaining and educational.

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Getting Blanked

My favourite part of this baseball blog is the My Approach series by Drew Fairservice. If this is all the baseball you read then you will be 1000 times smarter than anyone else you listen to in Toronto sports radio – never mind your baseball drinking buddies. Drew has interviewed a dozen or so of the top baseball stars of today asking them about their approach to the game. He sometimes interjects the interview with thoughtful analysis backed up by stats and videos. You will be hard pressed to find better baseball writing anywhere else.

The Getting Blanked podcast is the best baseball podcast around. These guys know their baseball and can talk about it just as well as they can write about it. Expect analysis of breakout players, Mike Trout, the most underrated players, Mike Trout, thoughts on stats and moneyball and even everyone’s favourite player, Mike Trout. Oh, expect to hear the boys trashing Toronto’s baseball beat writers and radio hosts for being lazy…and stuff. If you want to be a well rounded and knowledgeable baseball fan, then the podcast and the blog are a must. And the bumper music they play is outstanding too!

  • Oh, Karim – unless you’re looking for a Jays’-specific podcast, you’ve barely scratched the surface of awesome that’s out there.

    The absolute best baseball podcast that’s available right now is “The Baseball Show with Rany & Joe”. This is Rany Jazayerli of Grantland and Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated, both ex of Baseball Prospectus, doing a weekly show that’s just amazing. Two old friends talking baseball, just like they would over drinks in a bar.

    “ESPN: Behind the Dish with Keith Law” is also very good. Weekly as well.

    “Grantland’s Jonah Keri Podcast” is great, although a little more irregular.

    And the gold standard of baseball podcasts is “Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast”. It’s sadly no longer being produced, but it was a ridiculously good mix of baseball, music, and culture for the couple of years that it ran.

    But, seriously – give The Baseball Show a listen. It’s well worth it.

    • Sean – Thanks for these suggestions! I def will.