Flippin' Bats with Ben Verlander

FOX Sports

Welcome to Ben Verlander’s clubhouse, where flipping bats is not only allowed but encouraged! On the Flippin’ Bats pod, expect candid 1-on-1 interviews with players from your favorite MLB teams and talk about the current state of baseball . You can even call a hotline at (213) 537-9339 with questions for Ben or to simply air your pleasures and displeasures with your favorite franchise.

Welcome to Flippin' Bats
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All Episodes

Ben Verlander’s best friend Shohei Ohtani is officially your unanimous AL MVP!! Ben goes through his entire 2021 campaign highlighting his historic season moments and record breaking performances! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 19

46 min 9 sec

Ben is back in Los Angeles and recaps his experience on the road for the 2021 World Series, why the Braves could repeat as Champions in 2022 and the significant importance of the trade deadline and free agency moving forward! Also, Ben gives his predictions for; MLB season awards (ROY, CY YOUNG, MVP) and Top-10 MLB Free Agency Destinations - finished off with his ‘Way Too Early 2022 Power Rankings’! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 12

52 min 50 sec

The Atlanta Braves win the 2021 World Series - their first title in 26 years! Ben is LIVE from Minute Maid Park after Game 6 saw the Braves win 7-0 behind a dominant performance from Max Fried and 3-run HR from World Series MVP Jorge Soler! Also, Ben interviews Braves OF Joc Pederson and SP Mike Soroka following their championship win, why the trade deadline was so crucial for this Braves team, winning the World Series on the long ball, Atlanta winning it's first title in 20+ years and answers ALL your fan questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 3

35 min 3 sec

Live from Minute Maid park the day before Game 6 of the World Series! Ben breaks down why the Astros have been phenomenal at home in the postseason, the importance of getting early work in on the field before games in new stadiums, a FULL Game 6 preview, looking back on his World Series preview in hindsight, the Top-5 most impactful layers in the World Series and ranking in order Ben's favorite World Series games! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2

25 min 9 sec

Ben is LIVE from Game 5 of the World Series as the Astros stormed back down 4-0 early to send the series BACK to Houston for Game 6! Ben explains why finally getting batting practice in was crucial to the Astros offense waking up, Astro stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa stop by for interviews following their big time performances in Game 6, Braves questionable pitching decisions, Houston cashing in on runners in scoring position, Zach Greinke getting a pinch hit single and as always - answering ALL of your fan questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 1

34 min 53 sec

Live from Atlanta following the Braves comeback win against the Astros in Game 4 of the World Series to take a 3-1 series lead! Ben goes through a full game 4 recap, catches up with Braves outfielder Jorge Soler following his pinch hit home run that ended up being the deciding factor, the decision to start Dylan Lee over Kyle Wright, Greinke's tone setting performance, the possibility of seeing the LAST pitcher to get a hit in the World Series, the Braves trade deadline moves coming up clutch and MORE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 31

43 min 24 sec

LIVE from Game 3 of the World Series at Truist Park in Atlanta! Ben catches up with Brett Phillips after the game before giving a FULL Game 3 recap as Ian Anderson throw 5 no-hit innings before interviewing Braves rising star Austin Riley, breaking down the decision to pull Ian Anderson after 5 sensational innings, the youth movement in MLB, UNREAL atmosphere in Atlanta, battling the bad elements and of course answering ALL of your fan questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 30

36 min 51 sec

LIVE from Truist Stadium in Atlanta ahead of World Series Game 3, Ben gives you his thoughts on; Why the Braves will have a legitimate home field advantage in Game 3, Yordan Alvarez playing Left Field in a NL ballpark, a full preview of Game 3 - Astros vs Braves and why the Astros postseason experience will pay off on the road! Also, Ben’s Top-5 World Series Performers and an updated ‘This Week in Ohtani News’ breaking down the three awards he won this week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 29

15 min 40 sec

LIVE from Minute Maid park following Game 2 of the World Series, Ben gives you a full Game 2 recap after the Astros defeated the Braves 7-2 to tie the series 1-1, Jose Altuve stops by postgame after a BIG game, breakdown of the current state of Astros starting pitching, why the Braves switched up their lineup, why Jose Altuve could be the best Astros player of all time, Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Brett Phillips joins the show representing MLB and Ben answers ALL of your fan questions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 28

42 min 44 sec

Welcome to the Flippin' Bats 2021 World Series preview between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros as Ben Verlander takes you LIVE from Houston as he rounds the bases on the top storylines around this series, his World Series prediction, who will steal the first base in the World Series, his ultimate World Series lineup and the Top-5 must see players from the October Classic! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 26

26 min 7 sec

Former LA Dodgers General Manager and winningest GM in the National League over his tenure, Ned Colletti, stops by to explain the pressures of being a GM in October, the art of blockbuster deals at the deadline, changing the culture for the Dodgers organization, one BIG deal that almost happened for the Dodgers in 2008, how the Dodgers acquired Manny Ramirez and MORE! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 23

27 min 51 sec

Ben Verlander is joined by 2017 World Series Championship Manager with the Houston Astros and current Manager of the Detroit Tigers, AJ Hinch! Hinch walks Ben through the experience of being a MLB Manager in October, pressures of making the right or wrong moves in the postseason, art of pitching in the playoffs, building a new culture in Detroit, the growth of the Tigers young and talented rotation, his story of Miggy's historic 500th HR, why Shohei Ohtani is this seasons MVP and MORE! Also, Ben break down both Championship Series, why MLB Umpires need more accountability, pressures of managing in the postseason and Ben's Top-5 lists including; 2021 Postseason Performers, All-time Postseason Home Runs and his All-time Postseason Base Stealers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 21

1 hr 11 min

Ben Verlander goes live following Game 4 of Astros vs Red Sox breaking down both Champion Series games! Ben opens up by analyzing ALCS Game 4 where the Astros came up clutch in the 9th inning pouring on seven runs to beat the Red Sox 9-2! Ben also talks about the questionable umpire calls and answers fan questions before moving onto NLCS Game 3 that saw the Dodgers storm back in epic fashion thanks to Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts stealing the game late against the Braves 6-5! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 20

33 min 53 sec

Ben Verlander goes live following Game 1 of Dodgers vs Braves breaking down both Champion Series games! First Ben dives into the walk-off winner for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS highlighting the play of Austin Riley against the Dodgers before previewing Game 2 and answering your questions on the series! Finished up with a full recap of Game 2 of the ALCS with the Red Sox hitting two Grand Slam's in back to back innings propelling them to a 9-5 win over the Astros tying the series at 1-1 as the teams head to Boston for Game 3! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 17

34 min 42 sec

Ben Verlander is joined by former 13-year MLB catcher and MLB analyst, Alex Avila! Ben and Alex review the ALDS/NLDS before looking ahead to the ALCS matchup Boston Red Sox vs Houston Astros and the NLCS between the Atlanta Braves and Game 5 winner of Dodgers vs Giants! Alex also shares what makes Max Scherzer so dominant, the greatness of Juan Soto and his thoughts on Shoehei Ohtani's historic season! Following Alex is FOX Sports gambling analyst, Sammy P, who dives into Game 5 of Dodgers vs Giants and his handicap of the ALCS! Also, Ben tells you why offense is reigning supreme this postseason, his thought on the ALCS matchup, then lists his top postseason performers, best MLB playoff atmospheres, the best active base stealers and Ben owns up to his postseason prediction woes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 14

1 hr 5 min

MLB legends Alex Rodriguez & Big Papi join Ben to discuss their favorite postseason memories, advice for how to be a clutch hitter, Shohei Ohtani’s greatness & their picks for MVP. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 13

13 min 15 sec

Ben Verlander goes live following Game 1 of Dodgers vs Giants breaking down all four series and taking fan questions! Ben dives into the dominant Game 2 performance from the Houston Astros as they go up 2-0 over the White Sox, the Brewers pitching coming up in the clutch yet again, Red Sox hitters get hot and tie the series 1-1 with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Giants blanking the Dodgers in Game 1 to take a 1-0 lead! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 9

43 min 29 sec

Ben Verlander is joined by the busiest man in October, MLB on FOX Insider Ken Rosenthal, Ken breaks down the Padres search for a new Manager, he gives us the latest on injured playoff players, how the Yankees can 'close the gap' and his World Series prediction! Following Ken is FOX Sports gambling analyst, Sammy P, who dives into every series telling you where the gambling edges live and what teams are currently seeing the most action! Also, Ben breaks down the 2021 MLB Playoffs bracket, gives you the top storylines heading into the postseason, his Top-5 must see hitters/pitchers and his October Power Rankings on the remaining teams left in the postseason! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 7

1 hr 12 min

Ben Verlander is joined by Hall of Fame Catcher and former AL MVP, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez discussing; starting in the Majors at 19-years old, catching Nolan Ryan's No-Hitter, why he chose the Detroit Tigers in free agency, his relationship with Justin Verlander, Top-5 Pitchers he ever caught, the one pitcher he would love to catch in today's game and more! Also, Ben breaks down; The crazy AL wildcard race, the Padres Collapse, St Louis' crazy win streak, Shohei Ohtani's continued dominance, and Ben's Top-5 underrated players in 2021!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 29

1 hr 17 min

Ben Verlander is joined by an Francisco Giants' Outfielder, Mike Yastrzemski discussing; what makes this Giants team tick, his thoughts on the Dodgers vs Giants rivalry, making the Majors at 28-years old, living up to his historic last name, fun stories from his time in the minors and more! Also, Ben breaks down; The crazy wildcard races, the Padres Meltdown, why people should pay attention to this Brewers squad, Shohei Ohtani Top-100 Most Influential People in Time Magazine, flowers for Salvador Perez and more!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 22

1 hr 26 min

Ben Verlander is joined by Kansas City Royals short stop, Nicky Lopez discussing; his family history and love for dogs, the routine that changed his progression, funny stories from his time spent in the league and the impact of Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez! Also, Ben breaks down; The 9/11 remembrance in Yankees vs Mets, why this Blue Jays just put the AL contenders on notice, Ben's case for Bryce Harper to win MVP, Shohei Ohtani's transcendent season, the art of sign stealing and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 15

1 hr 21 min

Ben Verlander is joined by Toronto Blue Jays' and Cy Young contending, Robbie Ray discussing his; trades that lead him to Toronto, some fun stories from his time in the minor leagues, what makes this Blue Jays team a real contender for years to come and why Vlad Jr. is so special! Also, Ben breaks down; a catcher and pitcher battling for the home run crown, why the Tampa Rays need a new stadium, the Toronto Blue Jays bright future, Ohtani WILL be your AL MVP, Ben's September Power Rankings and more!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 8

1 hr 10 min

Description: Ben Verlander is joined by the San Diego native and Padres Pitcher, Joe Musgrove discussing his; trade that took him back to his hometown, some fun stories from his time in the minor leagues, throwing the Padres first ever No-Hitter earlier this year, what makes Fernando Tatis Jr. so special and why this Padres team is very close to contending for a World Series! Also, Ben breaks down; Javy Baez vs Mets fans, the Seattle Mariners having fun and being better than expected, Ohtani continuing to break MLB records, Ben's September 'in or out' of the 2021 playoffs and highlighting a couple young stars from the Little League World Series! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 31

1 hr 9 min

Ben Verlander is joined by the electric Detroit Tiger's Pitcher, Spencer Turnbull, discussing his; recent Tommy John surgery, fun stories from his minor league days, throwing a No-Hitter earlier this season, the impact of Miguel Cabrera and why this young Detroit Tiger's is destined for greatness! Also, Ben breaks down; Miguel Cabrera's 500th home run, the Yankees and Dodgers on major hot streaks, Ohtani having the best season in MLB history, Ben's top 5 seasons in MLB History and why Joey Votto should be in the NL MVP conversation! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 24

1 hr 4 min

Ben Verlander is joined by the legendary MLB/NFL Host and play-by-play announcer, Kevin Burkhardt, diving into the the full magical experience of last weeks 'Field of Dreams' game between the Yankees and White Sox in Iowa! Also, Ben breaks down; his wonderful time in Iowa including the chilling open to the Field of Dreams, Ohtani back to smashing home runs while leading MLB in WAR, Ben's Top-5 Dream MLB games and celebrating future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 17

53 min 49 sec

Ben brings on All-Star Pitcher from the Chicago White Sox, Lucas Giolito, to talk about; his crazy draft day story, working his way through the minor leagues, transforming his mechanics to become an All-Star on the mound and more! Also, Ben breaks down: his preview of the Field of Dreams, why the Phillies will win the NL East, the fading Boston Red Sox, Astros vs Dodgers being the new best rivalry in baseball, Ohtani making a great case for the universal DH and Ben's Power Rankings! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 10

1 hr 31 min

After the wildest Trade Deadline in MLB history Ben brings on legendary MLB Insider, Ken Rosenthal for his thoughts on; nine All-Stars moving teams, potential trades that almost happened, the Dodgers going for it all and more! Also, Ben breaks down; the Cubs historic teardown, the Dodgers winning the Trade Deadline, Fan Voicemails, Shohei Ohtani's latest records and Ben gives his official Trade Deadline grades! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 3

1 hr 3 min

Tampa Bay Ray's OF, Brett Phillips, joins Ben to talk: The winning culture down in Tampa, Game 4 of the World Series heroics, hilarious stories of position players pitching and playing with #1 MLB prospect Wander Franco! Also, Ben goes 'Around the Bases' explaining why people should watch out for this young Detroit Tigers team, Ohtani's new benchmark and Ben's 'Who's In or Out of the 2021 MLB Playoffs'! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 27

1 hr 27 min

Cincinnati Reds OF, Nick Castellanos, joins Ben to talk: becoming internet famous, his son Liams ASG shirt, switching positions in the Minors, his winning mentality and why he chose Cincinnati! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 20

57 min 36 sec

The quest to meet Shohei Ohtani is complete! In this special episode recorded live from MLB All-Star Week at Coors Field in Denver, Ben takes us through his journey to meet the first two-way All-Star in the history of the game. Plus, interviews with Tatis, Judge, Arenado, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 13

17 min 16 sec

Shane Greene joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to talk: Being a rookie on the Yankees during Derek Jeter’s final season, pitching 3 up, 3 down in the All-Star game and still being a Free Agent this year on Opening Day before signing with the Braves mid-season. Also, Ben reacts to Shohei Ohtani becoming the first player ever to be selected as an All-Star for pitching and hitting plus the rest of the All-Star roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 6

1 hr 18 min

Member of the No-hitter club, John Means, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: Reaction to the new foreign substance rule, advice received from CC Sabathia at the All-Star game, and his thoughts on the dropped 3rd strike rule after tossing the first non-perfect no-hitter in MLB history. Plus, Ben reacts to Hector Santiago becoming the 1st player ejected under the new foreign substance rule, how Shohei Ohtani is already a better two-way player than Babe Ruth and Tennessee baseball assistant, Ross Kivett, stops by after video of his ejection from the College World Series went viral. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 29

1 hr 15 min

Michael Fulmer joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: What it’s like to be traded for a superstar at the deadline, the transition from being a starter to closer, using his shoes as pillows during his minor league days and much more.   Plus, MLB’s crackdown on players doctoring baseballs, Ohtani having the “Best week in MLB history,” and breaking down Joey Votto’s amazing exchange with a young fan after being ejected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 22

1 hr 2 min

Ryan Yarbrough joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: starting a World Series game, making his MLB debut at Fenway Park and reminisce over their college days at Old Dominion University.   Plus, Mets play-by-play announcer, Wayne Randazzo, stops by to explain what it’s like to witness Jacob deGrom’s historical start to an MLB season, Ben’s 6-tool player of the week and Shohei Ohtani launching the longest home run of his career.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 15

52 min 3 sec

World Series champion, Walker Buehler, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: What he’s learned from Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer, his UFC fandom and which teammates would transition best to MMA. Plus, Ben shows how the home run leader board proves that the next generation of baseball is in great hands, Team USA qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and the best pitcher in the NL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 8

49 min 16 sec

No. 5 overall pick in 2015 and Astros Outfielder, Kyle Tucker, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: Playing in his first World Series in 2019, batting without wearing batting gloves, and bulking up during this past offseason. Plus, the San Francisco Giants being the real deal after taking a series at Dodger Stadium, Herb Lawrence joins the show to discuss difficult decisions the Chicago Cubs face and Ben gives his monthly Top 5 power rankings.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 1

1 hr 3 min

Recent member of the No-Hitters club, Wade Miley, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: The entire day of his no-no from breakfast to the last out, why pitchers are so dominant in 2021 and the mental aspect of pitching. Plus, Ben talks Tony La Russa, unwritten rules and the latest update regarding Shohei Ohtani. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 25

41 min 13 sec

4x World Series champion Bernie Williams joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: his favorite memory from each World Series he played in, being on Seinfeld with Derek Jeter and his new career as a guitarist. Plus, Pedro Moura stops by to discuss Albert Pujols signing with the Dodgers & Manny Machado’s controversial slide and Ben introduces a brand new weekly segment called ‘This week in Shohei Ohtani news.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 18

1 hr 7 min

World Series champion, Lance Lynn, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: Playing in the Little League World Series & World Series, how pitchers have evolved through his career and the hardest hitters he’s ever faced. Plus, Ben talks about the sudden Designation for assignment to Albert Pujols and if 4 no-hitters this quickly is good for the game of baseball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 11

1 hr

MLB Player-Agent, Rachel Luba, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss: The struggles of becoming an MLB agent in a male dominated industry, Trevor Bauer’s contract with the Dodgers, details on the negotiation process for Yasiel Puig’s contract and what makes Luba Sports different than any other agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 4

1 hr 10 min

Rhys Hoskins joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss his favorite on the field moments, the story behind the viral J.T. Realmuto eye roll GIF, playing in Japan, the Dominican Republic and much more. Plus, Ben proclaims the Dodgers/Padres rivalry as the best in sports, his 6-tool player of the week and answers the question is Bryce Harper underrated or overrated? That plus much more in episode 5 of Flippin’ Bats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 27

1 hr 7 min

Mets All-Star Jeff McNeil joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss new ownership under Steve Cohen, playing up the middle with Francisco Lindor and stories about some of his most memorable plays on the field. Plus, Verlander on the heated series between the Dodgers and Padres, Red Sox surging and Yankees struggles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 20

45 min 53 sec

Former number one overall draft pick Royce Lewis joins Ben Verlander to talk about his relationship with Twins legend Torii Hunter, his recovery from ACL surgery, & his love of wine in this 1-on-1 discussion. Plus, Verlander takes you behind the scenes of his day at the Dodgers' home opener & World Series ring ceremony & rants about MLB replay after the controversial ending to Braves-Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 13

59 min 58 sec

Baltimore Orioles starting first baseman, Trey Mancini, joins Ben Verlander’s clubhouse to discuss his triumphant battle against colon cancer, the craziest thing an opposing fan has said to him and tells the story of his first career home run in his MLB debut. Plus, Ben Verlander gives his top storylines after Opening Weekend and answers the question, ‘Who is the face of baseball?’ All that and much more on episode 2. https://youtube.com/c/FlippinBatsPod https://instagram.com/flippinbatspod https://twitter.com/flippinbatspod https://www.facebook.com/flippinbatspod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 6

47 min 50 sec

Ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, Tyler Glasnow, opens up to Ben Verlander to discuss his favorite moments from playing in the 2020 World Series, adding a new pitch to his arsenal, his relationship with Trevor Bauer and much more in this exclusive 1-on-1 discussion. Plus, Verlander gives you his top storylines to follow throughout the 2021 season and ranks his top 5 teams in the MLB and much more! https://youtube.com/c/FlippinBatsPod https://instagram.com/flippinbatspod https://twitter.com/flippinbatspod https://www.facebook.com/flippinbatspod/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 30

1 hr 6 min

Welcome to Ben Verlander’s clubhouse, where flipping bats is not only allowed but encouraged! On the Flippin’ Bats pod, expect candid 1-on-1 interviews with players from your favorite MLB teams and talk about the current state of baseball. You can even call a hotline at (213) 537-9339 with questions for Ben or to simply air your pleasures and displeasures with your favorite franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 24

28 sec