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Popular baseball podcasts worth listening to

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Podcasts are in at the moment.  Hundreds of interesting new podcasts have popped up over the last few years, offering a huge variety of offerings to us first worlders.  Just last week my dad dropped a reference to an NPR podcast so smoothly that I had to do a triple-take that it was my 61 year old father I was talking with.

Baseball hasn't been left out of the podcast revolution.  There are plenty of options, especially on the fantasy side of the game, and some of them are actually really enjoyable and high-quality affairs.  Let's take a look at a few of the popular baseball podcasts and see what they have to offer.

Effectively Wild: The Daily Baseball Prospectus Podcast

Here we have FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh and Baseball Prospectus editor-in-chief Sam Miller go long to talk about all things baseball.  These guys aren't shy, as they put out around five episodes a week and pump them out all year long.  In fact, they are almost at 800 total episodes and don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

The guys know their stuff and legitimately can be called baseball experts.  The variety of the topics is excellent as well, which makes each show a cool surprise.

One negative is that the sound quality is so-so.  Often times the production leaves plenty to be desired and the volume level can get too low.  Also, the guys can get off topic and wander around a conversation for awhile, which leaves me searching for my fast-forward button.

Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

ESPN's Buster Olney hosts plenty of the sports networks baseball guys on this podcast, including Tim Kurkjian, Keith Law, Jayson Stark, and Jerry Crasnick.  The banter back and forth is fine, but we got very little ground-breaking stuff here, and often times I wish the guests would push their opinions a bit more.

During the season, this podcast runs almost daily and normally lasts almost an hour.  Sound quality is very good and Buster does do a solid job of keeping the conversation moving.

The Show Before the Show

This Minor League baseball podcast features MiLB.com writers Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra, who break down the minors biggest storylines.  I came across this podcast recently and believe I've found a diamond in the rough.

They often feature guests from around the Minors including players, managers and player development experts.  The guys sure seem to know their stuff and include tons of stats and updates on some of baseball's big prospects.  Another plus is that the sound quality is good.  Check this one out if you're a fan of Minor League baseball.