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The podcast on which baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love. Each episode hosts Phil (@MrPhilipStone) and Steve (@BushLeagueSteve) are joined by guests to discuss a baseball book in depth.

Latest Episodes

Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

In her remarkable 2017 book, Stacey May Fowles shows us how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. The book has been described as a passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters. We were delighted to be joined by Stacey and in the first part of the episode we chatted about her writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Paddy Johnston from the ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’, and ‘Big Boys Don’t Bunt’ podcasts, for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! Here’s a link to Stacey’s website, from which you can subscribe to her newsletter. Here’s a link to subscribe to Paddy’s newsletter, Stealing Home.

80 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

Episode 8 - Ball Four

When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.

56 MINSEP 6
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Episode 8 - Ball Four

Episode 7 - The MVP Machine

The MVP Machine is a 2019 book about how innovations in science and technology have launched a movement which is revolutionising player development. Co-authored by Ben Lindbergh, a staff writer for the ringer and host of the Effectively Wild podcast, and by Travis Sawchik, a staff writer for Five Thirty Eight, the book aims to transform our understanding of teaching and talent. We were delighted to be joined by Ben Lindbergh and in the first part of the episode we chatted about his writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Russell Eassom for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

76 MINAUG 15
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Episode 7 - The MVP Machine

Episode 6 - The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding is a 2011 novel by American author Chad Harbach. It focuses on the fortunes of shortstop Henry Skrimshander and his career playing college baseball with the fictional Westish College Harpooners. We were delighted to be joined by the author himself and in the first part of the episode we chatted about his inspiration and the long process of bringing the book to publication as well as some of the book's themes. We were also joined by Ash Day (@AshDay29) for the round-table part of the show, in which we discussed the book in some length, and got slightly introspective about confronting failure and being in the presence of greatness, amongst other things! It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Apple Podcasts listeners can leave a review here. Don't forget to check out the website, and give us a follow on Twitter @RTGPod - please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

78 MINAUG 2
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Episode 6 - The Art of Fielding

Episode 5 - The Shift

With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience of working in major league front offices, former Baseball Prospectus writer and all-round nice chap Russell A. Carleton was uniquely placed to provide a marriage of sabermetrics and cognitive science in his excellent 2018 book, The Shift. Fortunate (and very grateful!) to be given the opportunity to discuss the book with the author himself, in the first part of the episode we chatted to Russell about his process and how his background in clinical psychology inspired the book. We were also joined by Henry Cooke (@LWIMTH) from the sublimeAbsolute Buntspodcast, for the round-table part of the show, in which we marvelled at the books warmth and universal appeal, and discussed the way in which the book has impacted our baseball consumption and, to an extent, our lives more generally! It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @RTGPod and check out our website (www.RTGPod.com) and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

73 MINJUL 12
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Episode 5 - The Shift

Episode 4 - The Grind

In his 2015 book, the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga goes behind the scenes at the Washington Nationals, to tell the untold stories of life in the major leagues over 'The Grind' of a 162 game season. The first part of the episode is an interview with Barry Svrluga himself (6:40), who kindly joined us to speak about his motivation for writing the book, how he put it all together and the story of how he brought it to publication. He also spoke about how things might have differed had it been his intention all along to write it as a book, rather than as a series of articles for the Washington Post. Then we were joined by Tom Pringle (39:05) from Bat Flips and Nerds for the discussion part of the show. We were in a bit of quandary when deciding which part to put first, as the discussion with Tom happened after the chat with Barry - you can decide for yourself if it worked the way we've done it. It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @RTGPod and check out our website, www.RTGPod.com. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

82 MINJUN 9
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Episode 4 - The Grind

Episode 3 - Pafko at the Wall

First published as an essay in Harper's Magazine in 1992, and later reworked as the prologue to Underworld, Don DeLillo's Pafko at the Wall is set against the backdrop of the 1951 NL Pennant decider between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers and Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard Round The World. To discuss the book we were joined by freelance writer and editor Jon Mackenzie, who is best known to baseball fans for the excellent Absolute Bunts podcast. Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @rtgpod and check out our website - www.rtgpod.com Hope you enjoy the show!

81 MINMAY 17
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Episode 3 - Pafko at the Wall

Episode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd

EEpisode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd Bottom of the 33rd, by Dan Barry, describes the longest game ever played in professional baseball history, between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981, and the myriad characters who were involved. At the beginning of the episode we welcomed author Dan Barry, who very kindly agreed to answer some questions about the book. He provided an outline of the book, and talked a bit the impact the Pawtucket Red Sox have had on the city of Pawtucket. He also discussed his heroes from the story. Later we were joined by John McGee (@epouvantail) from the Bat Flips & Nerds podcast (@batflips_nerds). We covered our favourite characters in the book, amongst other things, and went on a bit of a tangent to discuss the state of contemporary minor league baseball. Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @rtgpod and check out our website - www.rtgpod.com Hope you enjoy the show!

72 MINMAY 3
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Episode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd

Episode 1 - Moneyball

Welcome to Reading the Game - the podcast where baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love! In this first episode we were joined by Matt Smith (@MattBaseballGB) and Russell Eassom (@REassom) to discuss Moneyball by Michael Lewis. We talked about how Billy Beane's A's impacted the game, and how influential the ideas described in the book have been, and the extent to which the landscape of baseball in 2019 differs as a result of the book. We looked at some criticisms of the book and also found a bit of time to answer some listener questions.

86 MINAPR 5
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Episode 1 - Moneyball

Prologue - The Launch Episode

Welcome to Reading the Game - the show where baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love! In this launch episode we briefly outline the format of the show and detail ways in which you can get involved. Our first book for discussion will be Moneyball by Michael Lewis and the panel will record in early April, leaving a good few weeks for you to read or reread the book and share your thoughts and questions. Web - www.RTGPod.com Twitter - @RTGPod Facebook - www.facebook.com/groups/readingthegame

6 MINMAR 14
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Prologue - The Launch Episode
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Latest Episodes

Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

In her remarkable 2017 book, Stacey May Fowles shows us how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. The book has been described as a passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters. We were delighted to be joined by Stacey and in the first part of the episode we chatted about her writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Paddy Johnston from the ‘Big Boys Don’t Cry’, and ‘Big Boys Don’t Bunt’ podcasts, for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show! Here’s a link to Stacey’s website, from which you can subscribe to her newsletter. Here’s a link to subscribe to Paddy’s newsletter, Stealing Home.

80 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 9 - Baseball Life Advice

Episode 8 - Ball Four

When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.

56 MINSEP 6
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Episode 8 - Ball Four

Episode 7 - The MVP Machine

The MVP Machine is a 2019 book about how innovations in science and technology have launched a movement which is revolutionising player development. Co-authored by Ben Lindbergh, a staff writer for the ringer and host of the Effectively Wild podcast, and by Travis Sawchik, a staff writer for Five Thirty Eight, the book aims to transform our understanding of teaching and talent. We were delighted to be joined by Ben Lindbergh and in the first part of the episode we chatted about his writing process and some of the book's main themes, before being joined by Russell Eassom for the round-table part of the show. Please take a minute to rate and review the podcast, and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod either via our website (www.RTGPod.com) or on Twitter @RTGPod. Hope you enjoy the show!

76 MINAUG 15
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Episode 7 - The MVP Machine

Episode 6 - The Art of Fielding

The Art of Fielding is a 2011 novel by American author Chad Harbach. It focuses on the fortunes of shortstop Henry Skrimshander and his career playing college baseball with the fictional Westish College Harpooners. We were delighted to be joined by the author himself and in the first part of the episode we chatted about his inspiration and the long process of bringing the book to publication as well as some of the book's themes. We were also joined by Ash Day (@AshDay29) for the round-table part of the show, in which we discussed the book in some length, and got slightly introspective about confronting failure and being in the presence of greatness, amongst other things! It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Apple Podcasts listeners can leave a review here. Don't forget to check out the website, and give us a follow on Twitter @RTGPod - please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

78 MINAUG 2
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Episode 6 - The Art of Fielding

Episode 5 - The Shift

With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience of working in major league front offices, former Baseball Prospectus writer and all-round nice chap Russell A. Carleton was uniquely placed to provide a marriage of sabermetrics and cognitive science in his excellent 2018 book, The Shift. Fortunate (and very grateful!) to be given the opportunity to discuss the book with the author himself, in the first part of the episode we chatted to Russell about his process and how his background in clinical psychology inspired the book. We were also joined by Henry Cooke (@LWIMTH) from the sublimeAbsolute Buntspodcast, for the round-table part of the show, in which we marvelled at the books warmth and universal appeal, and discussed the way in which the book has impacted our baseball consumption and, to an extent, our lives more generally! It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @RTGPod and check out our website (www.RTGPod.com) and please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

73 MINJUL 12
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Episode 5 - The Shift

Episode 4 - The Grind

In his 2015 book, the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga goes behind the scenes at the Washington Nationals, to tell the untold stories of life in the major leagues over 'The Grind' of a 162 game season. The first part of the episode is an interview with Barry Svrluga himself (6:40), who kindly joined us to speak about his motivation for writing the book, how he put it all together and the story of how he brought it to publication. He also spoke about how things might have differed had it been his intention all along to write it as a book, rather than as a series of articles for the Washington Post. Then we were joined by Tom Pringle (39:05) from Bat Flips and Nerds for the discussion part of the show. We were in a bit of quandary when deciding which part to put first, as the discussion with Tom happened after the chat with Barry - you can decide for yourself if it worked the way we've done it. It would be lovely if everybody could rate and review the podcast wherever you get your podcasts. We love seeing the feedback chiefly because it is nice seeing positive things written about yourself, but also because it increases the exposure of the podcast on different platforms and helps to expand our audience as we march ever onward towards global podcast domination! Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @RTGPod and check out our website, www.RTGPod.com. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with feedback and to suggest future content for the pod. Hope you enjoy the show!

82 MINJUN 9
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Episode 4 - The Grind

Episode 3 - Pafko at the Wall

First published as an essay in Harper's Magazine in 1992, and later reworked as the prologue to Underworld, Don DeLillo's Pafko at the Wall is set against the backdrop of the 1951 NL Pennant decider between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers and Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard Round The World. To discuss the book we were joined by freelance writer and editor Jon Mackenzie, who is best known to baseball fans for the excellent Absolute Bunts podcast. Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @rtgpod and check out our website - www.rtgpod.com Hope you enjoy the show!

81 MINMAY 17
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Episode 3 - Pafko at the Wall

Episode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd

EEpisode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd Bottom of the 33rd, by Dan Barry, describes the longest game ever played in professional baseball history, between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in 1981, and the myriad characters who were involved. At the beginning of the episode we welcomed author Dan Barry, who very kindly agreed to answer some questions about the book. He provided an outline of the book, and talked a bit the impact the Pawtucket Red Sox have had on the city of Pawtucket. He also discussed his heroes from the story. Later we were joined by John McGee (@epouvantail) from the Bat Flips & Nerds podcast (@batflips_nerds). We covered our favourite characters in the book, amongst other things, and went on a bit of a tangent to discuss the state of contemporary minor league baseball. Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @rtgpod and check out our website - www.rtgpod.com Hope you enjoy the show!

72 MINMAY 3
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Episode 2 - Bottom of the 33rd

Episode 1 - Moneyball

Welcome to Reading the Game - the podcast where baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love! In this first episode we were joined by Matt Smith (@MattBaseballGB) and Russell Eassom (@REassom) to discuss Moneyball by Michael Lewis. We talked about how Billy Beane's A's impacted the game, and how influential the ideas described in the book have been, and the extent to which the landscape of baseball in 2019 differs as a result of the book. We looked at some criticisms of the book and also found a bit of time to answer some listener questions.

86 MINAPR 5
Comments
Episode 1 - Moneyball

Prologue - The Launch Episode

Welcome to Reading the Game - the show where baseball fans discuss the baseball books they love! In this launch episode we briefly outline the format of the show and detail ways in which you can get involved. Our first book for discussion will be Moneyball by Michael Lewis and the panel will record in early April, leaving a good few weeks for you to read or reread the book and share your thoughts and questions. Web - www.RTGPod.com Twitter - @RTGPod Facebook - www.facebook.com/groups/readingthegame

6 MINMAR 14
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Prologue - The Launch Episode
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