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The Stitches Podcast

The Stitches Podcast

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The baseball podcast for every type of fan. We bring analysis and opinions from all different types of viewpoints, combining new and old-age thinking into one show. Host Luke Manderfeld, along with Robert Stangler, Noah Manderfeld and Nik Budig, break down hot topics, news stories, teams and more while having some fun along the way.
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The Fall Classic!
The end of the season is (already) here, and boy is it an interesting matchup. We've got the big-money Dodgers vs. the small-money Rays. Not necessarily a David vs. Goliath, but definitely similar. We break down both teams on today's episode ahead of the Game 1 on Tuesday.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
28:42
October 20, 2020
And Then There Were 4...
The World Series is drawing ever nearer. And the four teams left are certainly intriguing. Robert and Luke breakdown all of the teams and the headlines on this episode!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:38
October 13, 2020
And It's Gone...
That was a depressing first round. All of our favorite teams were eliminated. But Robert's big move is over, and he's back to chat about the playoffs (and our failed first-round picks). As the postseason continues, there are still a few interesting matchups on the docket. Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:12
October 6, 2020
It's Time For October Baseball!
Man, that came quickly. The playoffs are here, and in this new format, there are plenty of enticing matchups. We go through the entire first round and break down all of the teams. Then we go over our final brackets.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
39:59
September 29, 2020
Playoff Push
Teams are scrambling to get into the playoff picture with a week left. With a new seeding system, these next few days are very, very important. We break it all down on this episode with a very special guest.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:49
September 22, 2020
The Biggest Stitches Classic Yet
Nik Budig and Robert Stangler take over the podcast as the Twins take on the White Sox in a crucial four-game set. This could determine the AL Central and even the No. 1 seed in the American League. Who will take it all?  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
36:53
September 15, 2020
Rolling in Ohio
Both of the Ohio teams have had some pretty interesting years. One has been over performing, while the other has been underwhelming. We break down both of them on this episode!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
36:43
September 8, 2020
Prospect Mania
Rookies are all over this place in this crazy 2020 season, and a few of them are making huge impacts. We break down some of the big names and perhaps a few of the smaller ones on this episode.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:31
September 1, 2020
Deadline Deals
The trade deadline is almost here, believe it or not. Teams will need to upgrade during this short 60-game season, but it doesn't look like there will be any blockbuster trades. How can the Twins improve? And what players might be on the move?  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
37:41
August 25, 2020
Unexpected Heroes
There are  a few teams that are popping off early in the season – a bit unexpectedly. We go over what's making them tick and perhaps some guys to watch in the future. Thanks for tuning in!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
30:14
August 18, 2020
Should We Be Worried?
There are some underwhelming starts by a couple of teams and players. Robert Stangler and Luke Manderfeld break down who and what we should be worried about. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:19
August 11, 2020
First Week Overreactions?!?
We're a week and a half through the season, and there are plenty of whacky numbers to look at. We go over a few of our potential overreactions, and have some fun along the way.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
34:06
August 4, 2020
The Stitches Classic
The Twins and White Sox opened the season with a bang, and baseball kicked things off in style. We go over all of it, and our revised predictions in this episode!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:05
July 28, 2020
Are the RAYS Winning the World Series?! (2020 Season Preview)
It's time for our crazy predictions with our very special guest. We go through each division, wild cards, World Series and award winner. Get ready for some crazy picks! Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
1:04:46
July 21, 2020
A Classic Rivalry
Could we see a rekindled AL Central rivalry between the Twins and White Sox? The South Siders have made some moves this offseason and might make a charge to the top in this shortened season. But is it just a year too early for them? We break down the matchup on this episode.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:41
July 14, 2020
The Year of the Twins
2020 is sketchy at the very least, but if there is an MLB season, the Twins look in good position to at least secure a playoff spot and do some damage. On today's episode, we break down their 60-man roster and talk about COVID-19 issues arising in the league. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
25:33
July 7, 2020
Who Makes the Cut?
As teams finalize their 60-man squads for this unprecedented season, there are a lot of prospects popping up on rosters. We go over some of the intriguing names and a few players who didn't make the cut. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:18
July 1, 2020
BASEBALL IS BACK
MLB and the MLBPA have come to an agreement to return to baseball. We are way too excited about this! Hope you tune in for the season!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
30:27
June 24, 2020
It's Japan's Turn
With MLB in turmoil, it's time for the Nippon Baseball League in Japan to take center stage in the baseball world. With opening day Friday, we go over our teams and players to watch. For some reason, Robert has a knack for scouting Japanese players, so be sure to listen to his insight. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
30:45
June 16, 2020
MLB's Failure
As the MLB continues to decide what it wants to do to resume the season, interest wanes. Even we are getting sick of it. We also go over the impending MLB Draft, what five rounds means compared to 40 and some of the targets we have our eyes on.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:45
June 9, 2020
Noah's Final Episode!
Today we say goodbye to Noah, who starts his professional career at a TV station. We give him a sendoff with some MLB dealmaking and early-season KBO awards. Hope you enjoy!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
33:58
June 2, 2020
KBO Power!
Today we go over the KBO power rankings, which have a few spicy takes. We also discuss the potential of MLB's return. More baseball may soon be on the way!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:15
May 26, 2020
So Many Rules
Baseball is coming closer to a return, but we're not sure we want it back with the restrictive guidelines MLB proposed. They include no spitting, no high-fiving, no throwing around the diamond and more. We also discuss the KBO and provide some updates on our favorite teams.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:42
May 19, 2020
야구는 여기! (Baseball is here!)
Yes, go ahead and Google translate that title. Baseball is being played in South Korea, and we are very, very invested. You might want to stick around for the team theme songs — trust us. The United States may join soon, as early as July. We discuss the proposal on the table right now. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive contents. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
34:49
May 12, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats! The Finale!
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria: -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties. Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:46
May 5, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats! Part 5
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria: -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties. Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:55
April 28, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats! Part 4
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria: -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties. Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
33:52
April 21, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats? Part 3
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria: -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties. Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:41
April 14, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats? Part 2
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria: -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties. Here's a link to the bracket: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NUiRqI4Qm2_Fa3WiBpiS8C2g07aeVxwCXnOBrPsb-8o/edit?usp=sharing Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
45:28
April 7, 2020
Baseball's Next Greats? Part 1
With baseball gone for the foreseeable future, we created a fun 64-player bracket made up of players under 28 years old. Many of these players have arrived, but there are a few sneaky upsets. We'll be breaking down this tournament over the next several weeks, so we hope you tune in! Here is our criteria:  -Players ranked/seeded based on 2019 WAR. -Players move on based on how we project their career performance, not just past performance. -Coin flips break up ties.  Here's a link to the bracket: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YKwnEiTCc6O8zhIgwLgShx8d4GPhBVRs/view?usp=sharing Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
48:12
March 31, 2020
Pitcher Memories!
There is no baseball, so got creative. We went over our top-five favorite pitchers to watch in our lifetimes. We touch on Justin Verlander, Randy Johnson and more. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:32
March 24, 2020
What Do We Do Now?
The Coronavirus has shut down the world, and baseball is not immune. The sport is in for a long hiatus, with some speculating it could last until the summer months. What does this mean for the sport? And what are we doing to pass the time? Thanks for tuning in!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:13
March 17, 2020
Injury Bug!
Spring Training hasn't been kind to a number of high-profile players, with injuries to some biggest names: Justin Verlander, Blake Snell and Chris Sale. We go over what these injuries mean for these players and the teams going forward. Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
32:30
March 10, 2020
Spring Battles!
Spring Training is well underway, and there are a number of position battles we are keeping our eyes on. Players include Kyle Tucker, Nick Senzel, Austin Riley, Mauricio Dubon, Lewis Thorpe and more. This is a good episode for fantasy baseball enthusiasts and people looking for Spring headlines. Hope you enjoy!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
37:55
March 3, 2020
Fantasy Special! Our Sleepers and Busts
We’re sneaking some fantasy baseball into your feeds because we can. As you guessed, we are fantasy baseball enthusiasts, and we thought it’d be fun to break down some of our sleepers and busts. You can find time stamps below on when we talk about certain guys. Thanks for listening! Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. Sleepers Reynaldo Lopez: 4:55 Niko Goodrum: 7:45 Yoshi Tsutsugo: 12:10 Josh James: 15:00 Lorenzo Cain: 19:10 Randy Arozarena: 19:55 Ryan Mountcastle: 20:45 Danny Jansen: 21:45 Busts Kris Bryant: 24:10 Eddie Rosario: 27:55 Brandon Lowe: 30:45 Jeff McNeil: 31:30 Andrew Benintendi: 33:05 Corey Seager: 33:40 Fernando Tatis Jr.: 34:15 Yuli Gurriel: 35:05
36:46
February 25, 2020
Manfred's Mess
Rob Manfred has created quite a mess for himself the week before Spring Training. We break down what led to it, and our thoughts on the MLB Commissioner. And with Spring Training nearing, we go over our top storylines to watch for. Thanks for listening!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
33:01
February 18, 2020
The Mega Trade That Almost Wasn't
Well, that was certainly a week. It took a while for terms to finalize, but the Twins, Dodgers and Red Sox have swapped some of the biggest names in baseball.  Dodgers receive Mookie Betts, David Price (from Red Sox), Brusdar Graterol and Luke Raley (from Twins) ; Red Sox receive Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs and a prospect (from Dodgers); Twins receive Kenta Maeda and a prospect (from Dodgers). It's a mega deal, but we break it all down on this episode, including our trade grades. Thanks for listening!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
40:45
February 11, 2020
The Makeup of a Championship
Robert Stangler and Luke Manderfeld go at it this week, talking about their baseball friendship, the makeup of a championship team and their favorite ballparks. This is a casual and fun podcast as the offseason winds down and Spring Training draws nearer.  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
29:36
February 4, 2020
Underrated or Fake?
Four teams have made some sneaky good moves this offseason. Are they worthy of our consideration? Or are they just busts waiting to happen? We go over the Diamondbacks, Reds, Blue Jays and Rays on today's episode. And it's Robert's birthday — so it's extra special! Thanks for tuning in.  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
37:43
January 28, 2020
Sitting in the Hall of Fame!
On the eve of baseball's Hall of Fame results, we go over some of the more controversial players and their Hall of Fame candidacies. We also touch on how Josh Donaldson's addition impacts the Twins in 2020 and beyond. Thanks for listening in!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
39:28
January 21, 2020
Caught Cheating
What a precedent. MLB severely reprimanded the Houston Astros for their sign-stealing scandal in 2017. We take all the angles in this one. Was the punishment fair? What does it mean for baseball? What's next for the Red Sox and Alex Cora? Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:13
January 14, 2020
Twins in Trouble?
The White Sox are gaining quite a bit of buzz this offseason. Have they made enough moves to take the AL Central crown? And the Reds are jumping in the NL Central fight their own right. All that and more on today’s episode. Thanks for listening!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
33:08
January 7, 2020
A Decade of Baseball Memories
2020 is almost here, so we thought it'd be cool to look back at the last decade: our favorite baseball moments, best players and more. This one got us feeling all types of nostalgia — baseball can't come back soon enough. Hope you enjoy!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
42:02
December 31, 2019
Twins Stand Still
Hyun-Jin Ryu is off the board, and the Minnesota Twins still haven't made an impact signing. We're all left wondering: What are they doing? We also chat about the Dallas Keuchel deal with the White Sox and the possibility of robot umpires. Apologies for the audio quality — we're all home for the holidays, so we were dealing with different setups. Thanks for listening!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
33:20
December 23, 2019
Choo-Choo Goes the Cole Train
The Winter Meetings lived up to the bill. Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Madison Bumgarner all signed with teams in the last week. We are here to break down all of the signings. At the end, we also do a fun segment looking at ideal trades for a variety of teams. Thanks for listening!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
40:12
December 17, 2019
Burnin' Hot Stove
Things have been moving quickly this offseason. On today's episode, we chat about all the week's big signings. Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Mike Moustakas and more. We analyze the Twins and the market for Gerrit Cole as well. Thanks for tuning in!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
38:32
December 10, 2019
A Conversation With Tommy Birch
Des Moines Register reporter Tommy Birch, who covers the Iowa Cubs AAA team in Des Moines, Iowa, joins the show for a wide-ranging baseball conversation, touching on the Cubs, Twins, life in the minor leagues, prospects and more. Thanks again to Tommy for taking the time to chat with us. We hope you enjoy!  Tommy's minor-league stories: 3:00 Cubs changes: 13:10  Cubs offseason plans and Kris Bryant grievance: 19:20 Potential Twins blockbuster trade this summer: 28:00 Cubs prospect talk: 32:53 Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
53:41
December 1, 2019
The Day of Reckoning!
It's time to hold ourselves accountable. On this episode, we hop in the time machine and go back to March, when we made our 2019 predictions. Were we way off? Or were we closer than we thought? Hope you enjoy our laughs and analysis on this one!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:37
November 25, 2019
Houston, That's a Major Problem
The Houston Astros are in hot water after multiple reports accused them of stealing signs with technology. We chat about what the scandal means for baseball. We also touch on awards season, and the controversial MVP and Cy Young results. The Twins also made a solid move by picking up Jake Odorizzi on a one-year deal. Thanks for tuning in! Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:35
November 19, 2019
Clubhouse Chatter: The Death of Small Ball?
Is small ball dead? With the rise of home runs and strikeouts, some have raised that premise. Bunting and base stealing are way down, too. Today, the Stitches Podcast turns to our Clubhouse Chatter format to tackle this question on the state of the game today. Enjoy! Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
35:20
November 12, 2019
It's a Mad, Mad Minnesota
The offseason is here. We give you a primer with the top-five free agents to look out for and our picks for where they'll go. Could we see Stephen Strasburg in a Yankee uniform. Is Gerrit Cole going anywhere but California? Could we see the Mad Bum with the Twinkies? Listen to find out!  Our offseason episodes are brought to you by our friend Zack Heuring State Farm. Find out more about him at his Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the offseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
40:58
November 5, 2019
The Underdogs Are Here!
The Nationals have defied the odds and put up a valiant fight against the Astros in the 2019 World Series. But Houston won three on the road to take a 3-2 series lead going home. Can the Nationals force a Game 7, or is this thing over? Thanks for listening!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
28:51
October 29, 2019
Rotations of Champions
The World Series is finally here, and it's a classic David vs. Goliath matchup. On one hand, David (the Nationals) have surprised everyone with stellar pitching. Goliath (Astros) is perhaps one of the best baseball teams of all time. Who will come out on top? We break down the series in today's episode! Thanks for tuning in.  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
31:26
October 22, 2019
A Postseason to Remember — So Far
What a 2019 postseason. The first round gave us almost everything we wanted, and the League Series have been exciting as well. Yankees/Astros is the perfect precursor to the World Series. The Cardinals and Nationals are an intriguing matchup as well. But there have been some interesting trends. The bullpen usage is unique and the balls seem "un"juiced. Make sure to listen and find out more!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
34:03
October 15, 2019
Is It Over for the Twins?
The Twins are in a world of trouble. After losing the first two games of the ALDS in embarrassing fashion, they come back to Minnesota in search of answers. We break down that series and the rest of the postseason on today’s episode! Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason. Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod.
34:37
October 6, 2019
Who Will Triumph? Our 2019 Postseason Guide
It's playoff time, baby. The best time of the year! The Stitches Podcast is back to break down every team and every postseason matchup. This is an episode you don't want to miss. Will the Astros collapse under the weight of expectations? Are the Twins a surprise team in the American League? Can the Cardinals upset their way to the World Series? All that, and more, on today's episode!  Thanks to everyone who liked our Facebook page. If you haven't yet, make sure to drop us a like to get exclusive content throughout the postseason.  Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
42:28
September 30, 2019
No, Cubs, No!
A disaster of series leaves the Cubs on their back foot while the Cardinals solidify their hold on the NL Central. The Brewers are lurking, though, and might continue to make waves in the last week of the season. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have real issues, and the American League playoff races continue to stay hot. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. Make sure to like us on Facebook to get all of our newest content! 
36:43
September 23, 2019
The Wild, Wild Card
The race to the postseason continues to heat up with two weeks left in the regular season. Both wild card spots in both leagues are still up for grabs. The Stitches Panel breaks down each team in contention on today's episode. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
29:52
September 16, 2019
Come On, Pineda!
The Twins lose a huge rotation piece for the rest of the season, and the American League race for best record heats up between the Astros and the Yankees. We also answer a listner question about Jose Berrios. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
30:35
September 9, 2019
Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot — In the Desert!
The Diamondbacks are scorching hot heading into September, and the NL MVP race is sparking a bit of controversy. We also answer your questions at the end of the show. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
31:31
September 2, 2019
The Es-Central Issues
The race in the AL Central just got a lot more interesting after an injury to a key player. And have the Cardinals started to run away with the NL Central? All that and more on this episode. Thanks for listening!  Email your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
30:54
August 27, 2019
Clubhouse Chatter: Is the Perfect Game Dead?
Welcome to our second Clubhouse Chatter episode. Today we chat about the perfect game and the state of pitching. Have we seen our last perfect game, which was on Aug. 15, 2012? Or is this just a blip? Thanks for listening!  Email your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
28:54
August 19, 2019
Trouble in Minnesota
The Indians put a beating on the Twins this weekend, and the Mets continue to win. Is it time for the Stitches Panel to eat crow? We also chat about two rookies tearing up the senior circuit. Thanks for tuning in!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
27:54
August 12, 2019
Deadline Duds
Which teams swung and missed on deadline day? On today's episode, we break down the winners and losers from last week. We talk Cardinals, Twins, Yankees and more. Thanks for tuning in!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
32:32
August 5, 2019
EVERYBODY RELAX!
We had to do an emergency pod after today's whirlwind trade deadline. Greinke to the Astros? Bauer to the Reds? Twins make moves? We break down all of these deals and more. Thanks for listening! 
17:24
August 1, 2019
New York Madness
What the heck is going on in New York? The Mets traded for Marcus Stroman, and we're a little puzzled. The Yankees continue to hang back while their rotation continues to struggle. The Stitches Panel analyzes the two New York teams and the rest of the trade deadline news. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter at @StitchesPod. 
32:16
July 29, 2019
Warning: Deadline Approaching
We're a week and a half away from the trade deadline. The Stitches Panel discusses the storylines heading into the last week and some possible trades. Thanks for listening!  Email us at thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @StitchesPod. 
27:06
July 23, 2019
Clubhouse Chatter: The Gopher Ball
Welcome to our first Clubhouse Chatter episode! This new format will feature casual conversations about the biggest trends and topics affecting our favorite game. Our first episode focuses on the surging home run rate, the reasons behind it and how it changes baseball. Thanks for tuning in! 
32:11
July 14, 2019
Halfway Home
Man, time flies. We're already at the All-Star break, so we took the time to review our preseason predictions. Trust me, there are some real head scratchers. Thanks for listening!  You can listen to the prediction episode here: https://anchor.fm/the-stitches-podcast/episodes/Prediction-Special-e3gb01
41:53
July 8, 2019
Star Power
The Stitches Podcast takes a moment to reminisce and honor Tyler Skaggs, the Angels starter who was found dead in his hotel room Monday afternoon. We also discuss the 2019 All-Star game rosters, going over starters and snubs. Thanks for listening! 
31:40
July 2, 2019
Heated in the East
The Mets are an absolute dumpster fire right now, and the Braves are surging. In this episode of the Stitches Podcast, we discuss the crazy competitive NL East. Thanks for listening! Send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com 
29:23
June 25, 2019
Buyer or Seller?
While it is a month and a half away, some teams are already trying to figure out whether they will be buying players to compete at the trade deadline, or selling their players for the future. The Stitches Podcast analyzes a few teams on the fence and discusses where they will land come deadline time. Plus, which teams might trade soon and who will they trade for? Email your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com and we might answer them!
30:53
June 18, 2019
The Art of the Lineup
The Stitches Podcast tackles another tough issue: lineups in baseball. How should they be constructed, and how have they changed over the years? This discussion kind of went off the rails a bit, so we hope you enjoy! Email your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. 
32:55
June 11, 2019
The Future Is Here
The MLB Draft is underway, and the Stitches Podcast evaluates the first couple dozen of picks. Is Adley Rutschman worth the hype? How did the Twins fare with the No. 13 overall pick. That and more on this edition of the podcast. Make sure to send your questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com! Thanks for listening! 
28:50
June 4, 2019
Manager Mania
Today we chat about managers and their effects on the game. In today's analytic age, do managers actually make a difference? Or are they just scapegoats when things go wrong? We use the Nationals franchise as a thought experiment. Thanks for listening and always remember to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Send you questions to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Thanks1 
30:07
May 27, 2019
You Better Belieb It
We apologize in advance for the Justin Bieber reference. On today's Stitches Podcast, we talk about six of the hottest pitchers: Chris Sale, Shane Bieber, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Luis Castillo, Caleb Smith and Domingo German. If you have any questions for us, send them to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! 
33:45
May 21, 2019
Surprising Sluggers
The Stitches Panel analyzes four surprising sluggers in this 2019 season: Joey Gallo, Christian Yelich, Mitch Garver and Dan Vogelbach. Are their early-season performances legitimate? We also answer a fan question! If you have a question of your own, send it to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for tuning in! 
31:51
May 14, 2019
Homer Surge
Home runs are up across baseball. The Minnesota Twins are on pace to break records. We discuss the surge in dingers and their effect on the game. Make sure to subscribe and give us feedback wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a question, you could get on the show! Shoot your inquires to thestitchespodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening! 
27:45
May 6, 2019
One Month Down... Who's the Best?
We're through one full month of the baseball season. The members of the Stitches Panel give their top three teams of the season so far and also pick one overrated squad. See below for the full list. As always, subscribe and rate the podcast if you like what you're hearing. Thanks for listening!  Luke  Astro Rays  Cardinals Overrated team: Phillies  Robert Astros Rays Diamondbacks  Overrated team: Twins Noah Cardinals Rays Astros Overrated team: Brewers Nik Astros  Rays Bellinger  Overrated team: Mariners
29:10
May 1, 2019
The Fastball
Is the fastball hurting pitchers? How so? We tackle one of the deepest issues in baseball: the good and bad of the fastball. Thanks for tuning in! 
29:08
April 24, 2019
Are Bullpens Ruining Baseball?
Today, we analyze the role of the bullpen around baseball. Is the new-age style of deploying bullpens ruining the game? We also discuss our favorite relievers this year and what's going on with Craig Kimbrel. Thanks for tuning in! 
26:42
April 17, 2019
Real or Mirage?
What early-season surprises are real? And which are fake? The Stitches Panel tackles six different surprise teams and players and determine whether the start is indicative of the rest of the season. We talk Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Corey Kluber, Jorge Polanco and Tim Beckham. Thanks for tuning in! 
28:33
April 8, 2019
The Prospect Episode
Prospects are all the rave in baseball. Today, the Stitches Panel discusses service time manipulation, sleeper prospects and if the hype around prospects is worth it. Take time to rate and review — we always appreciate feedback — and subscribe whereever you get your podcasts! Thanks for listening. 
24:58
April 3, 2019
Opening Day is Upon Us
The MLB regular season is oh, so close. Luke and Noah Manderfeld tackle this podcast without Robert Stangler or Nik Budig. We chat about what baseball can do to make Opening Day more exciting. We also touch on our storylines to watch this season. Thanks for listening! 
27:01
March 27, 2019
Prediction Special!
Hi, everyone! The regular season is upon us, and the Stitches Panel gives its 2019 predictions. Hear our favorite teams out of each division, the wild card clubs and our picks for the World Series champion. We also give our thoughts on the individual player awards — MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. It's a long one, but we hope you enjoy it! Thanks for listening!  Spoiler alert: Find all of our picks below. We will hold ourselves accountable! Mark our words!  Division winners NL West (3:05) Luke: Dodgers  Robert: Dodgers Nik: Padres Noah: Rockies NL Central (9:05) Luke: Cardinals  Robert: Brewers Nik: Cardinals Noah: Cardinals  NL East (12:55) Luke: Phillies  Robert: Nationals Nik Braves Noah: Mets  AL West (20:17) Luke: Astros  Robert: Astros Nik: Astros Noah: Athletics AL Central (26:15) Luke: Twins  Robert: Twins Nik: Indians Noah: Twins AL East (30:30) Luke: Red Sox  Robert: Red Sox Nik: Yankees Noah: Red Sox Wildcards (33:25) Luke: Yankees, Indians, Cubs, Nationals Robert: Athletics, Yankees, Cubs, Cardinals Nik: Red Sox, Rays, Cubs, Nationals Noah: Yankees, Astros, Phillies, Dodgers World Series winners (36:20) Luke: Astros  Robert: Astros Nik: Rays Noah: Rockies Awards AL MVP (38:45) Luke: Alex Bregman Robert: Mookie Betts Nik: Mookie Betts Noah: Mike Trout NL MVP (40:15) Luke: Bryce Harper    Robert: Ronald Acuna Jr. Nik: Paul Goldschmidt Noah: Nolan Arenado AL Cy Young (42:52) Luke: Trevor Bauer  Robert: Justin Verlander Nik: Chris Sale Noah: Gerrit Cole NL Cy Young (45:05) Luke: Aaron Nola  Robert: Max Scherzer Nik: Jacob Degrom Noah: Walker Buehler AL ROY (46:35) Luke: Eloy Jimenez  Robert: Yusei Kikuchi Nik: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Noah: Jesus Luzardo  NL ROY (48:33) Luke: Victor Robles  Robert: Victor Robles Nik: Fernando Tatis Jr. Noah: Chris Paddack
51:19
March 19, 2019
They’re Changing Our Game!
Hi, everyone! Today we go over some of the biggest proposed rule changes in baseball. Universal DH? Three-batter minimum for pitchers? 26-man roster? We tackle all of that and more on today's episode. As always, if you like us, rate and subscribe anywhere you get your podcasts. Thank you for listening! 
30:35
March 12, 2019
Harper Mania
The big kahuna has finally signed! Bryce Harper inks a mega deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Stitches Panel gets a bit heated about whether Harper is worth it. Other topics include the baseball name game, PECOTA rankings and the 1-on-1 debate. Thanks for listening!    Name game: 2:20 Bryce Harper: 3:55 PECOTA: 14:10 Debate: 27:15
32:32
March 7, 2019
NL East Bias?
Today the Stitches Panel chats about our weather antics over the weekend, the National League East, which has become one of the best divisions in baseball, and other musings. Don't forget to rate and subscribe on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher. Thank you for listening!    Name game: 2:57 NL East discussion: 4:25 Debate: 28:25
32:59
February 27, 2019
Spring Training is Here... Thank God
Hello, everybody! Baseball is back. Pitchers and catchers reported over the last week, and we have plenty to talk about. Find out what we specifically look for in Spring Training games, and why we're so excited this year. We also talk about all of last week's top storylines. Make sure to rate, review and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for listening!    Name game: 2:05 Spring Training storylines: 4:07 Debate: 20:15
25:40
February 18, 2019
Free agents hung out to dry
Welcome back! The whole Stitches panel is back! We are diving into some of the biggest free agents still on the market. And, yes, that includes Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, two of the biggest names in baseball. Give it listen, and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you get your podcasts.   Time marks:  Name game: 1:57 Free agent discussion: 3:25 Debate: 25:40
30:10
February 11, 2019
Best Division in Baseball?
Welcome back! We're here on a Monday (thanks, Super Bowl) and ready to talk about the National League Central, potentially the best division in baseball. The Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs all have a shot to win the crown, with the Reds and Pirates showing sneaky potential. Listen to host Luke Manderfeld, Noah Manderfeld and Nik Budig break it down.    Time stamps:  Name Game: 2:23 NL Central Discussion: 3:43 Debate: 26:00
31:47
February 5, 2019
The Greatest Rivalry in Sports
Welcome back to our second episode of the Stitches Podcast. Host Luke Manderfeld, Robert Stangler and Noah Manderfeld talk about the Greatest Rivalry in Sports: the Red Sox and Yankees. Listen and find out the answer to our name game and who wins our Stitches debate. Make sure to subscribe and rate on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play!
30:00
January 28, 2019
Will the Twins Win?
We are back! Host Luke Manderfeld and the Stitches panel—Noah Manderfeld, Nik Budig and Robert Stangler—talk about the Twins and their outlook in 2019. Join us for our first-ever baseball name game and listen to the panel duke it out over the question: Is the free agent freeze ruining baseball?   Name game: 2:22 Twins preview: 4:17 Debate: 21:02   S/O to Tony Bohnenkamp for the music in the debate segment.
27:47
January 21, 2019