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Long suffering baseball fan RB Butcher reinvents America's pastime with radically sensible thoughts on baseball, history, culture, gender, race, and more. For baseball diehards and novices alike, RB breaks down the week in MLB news, analyzes the culture of American sports, and explores forgotten cha… read more

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The Last Episode

May 31st, 2021

45:28

After four years of baseball and other things, Rhea Butcher brings Three Swings to a close with an episode of gratitude and memories. Thank you to everyone who listened to the show, who supported the show, who bought a …

Oakland A's Relocation, No Hitters, & Unwritten Rules

May 20th, 2021

47:01

Rhea talks the Oakland A's and MLB's bad faith negotiations with the City of Oakland, the Year of the No Hitter, and the return of the "unwritten …

The Ump Problem, Division Leaders, & Mike Trout's Best Season

May 4th, 2021

36:43

Rhea talks bad umpiring, early season Division Leaders, Mike Trout's best season, MVP candidates, the thrilling and bizarre conclusion to the Mets-Phillies weekend series. Plus ethical consumption and awareness without …

A's Win Streak, Tatis vs Bauer, & Madison Bumgarner's 7 Inning No Hitter

April 28th, 2021

27:54

Rhea catches you up on men's baseball news - the A's win streak, Tatis vs Bauer, Madison Bumgarner's 7 Inning No Hitter, Willians Astudillo. Plus the Derek Chauvin verdict and dreaming bigger than the patriarchy.


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Yermin Mercedes, Dodgers vs Padres, & Nonbinary Athletes

April 19th, 2021

52:45

Rhea catches you up on the week in baseball, including Carlos Rodon's No Hitter, Jacob deGrom striking out nine in a row, Yermin Mercedes's hot start, Ronald Acuña Jr's MVP campaign, and Dodgers vs Padres. Plus friend …

Joe Musgrove No Hitter, Shohei Ohtani Resurgence, & Akil Baddoo's Big Week

April 12th, 2021

1:00:50

Rhea recaps the first week of MLB men's baseball 2021, including Joe Musgrove's no hitter, the controversial Michael Conforto walkoff, the LA Dodgers ring ceremony, the Cincinnati Reds hot start, Shohei Ohtani's …

Community of Hearts & Minds: The Echo Park Lake Displacement

April 5th, 2021

1:06:36

Rhea talks to Ayman, a displaced former resident of Echo Park Lake, about the violent displacement of Echo Park Lake's unhoused encampment (March …

Anti-Trans Legislation Pt2 w/ Chase Strangio

March 29th, 2021

51:59

Rhea welcomes ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio on the podcast to dive deeper into the issue of anti-trans legislation: what's causing it, what you should …

Anti-Trans Legislation

March 23rd, 2021

1:00:31

Rhea talks the nationwide surge in anti-trans legislation, the story of Maria Pepe, investigating white supremacy, men's baseball teams on the …

Henry Aaron RIP, Offseason Moves, & Preseason Power Rankings

March 6th, 2021

48:32

RHEA IS BACK with thoughts on baseball and other things, including a remembrance of Henry Aaron, a rundown of the biggest offseason trades and free agency moves, preseason Power Rankings, and an early candidate for …

The Negro Leagues Are Not Less Than w/ Clinton Yates

December 19th, 2020

1:06:30

Clinton Yates (The Undefeated) joins Rhea to talk about why MLB's decision to recognize the records and statistics from the Negro Leagues is the …

The First Female GM (w/ Lindsey Adler) & The Dark History of Dodger Stadium (w/ Eric Nusbaum)

November 16th, 2020

1:37:12

Rhea celebrates the last full episode of 2020 with two incredible guests! First, Rhea welcomes journalist Lindsey Adler (The Athletic) to discuss the …

Golden Gloves, Silver Sluggers, & Managerial Moves

November 9th, 2020

39:41

Rhea checks in with thoughts on the election and news from the first week of the men's baseball offseason, including updates on Justin Turner's …

DODGERS WIN w/ Adam Conover & Bench Coach Brett

October 30th, 2020

2:30:53

Rhea celebrates and reflects on the LA Dodgers' 2020 World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays with guests Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything) and Bench Coach Brett.


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2020 World Series Gms 3-5

October 27th, 2020

45:51

Rhea recaps and analyzes Games 3-5 of the 2020 World Series. The Rays won a thrilling Game 4 in improbable fashion but the Dodgers lead the series …

2020 World Series Gms 1-2

October 23rd, 2020

35:20

Rhea recaps and analyzes Games 1 & 2 of the 2020 World Series.


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2020 World Series Preview

October 20th, 2020

31:11

Rhea previews the 2020 World Series matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers! Stay tuned later this week for a recap of Games 1 & 2.


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2020 NLCS Recap w/ David Perdue

October 18th, 2020

55:23

Atlanta fan David Perdue returns to talk a rollercoaster NLCS! Rhea and David bond over baseball pessimism, stress out over a back and forth series, …

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October 14th, 2020

1:51

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2020 Division Series Round Recap w/ David Perdue

October 11th, 2020

1:23:25

Rhea breaks down the 2020 Division Series Round and welcomes on friend of the pod David Perdue (@DueOrDie) to talk playoff baseball and preview the upcoming League Championship round between the Tampa Bay Rays and the …

2020 Wild Card Round Recap

October 2nd, 2020

42:45

Rhea recaps the 2020 Wild Card Round! With only one series left undecided, Rhea weighs in on sweeps by Atlanta, the Dodgers, Rays, Yankees, and (ugh) Astros. Plus a thrilling series developing between the Cardinals and …

EPISODE 100! MLB Season Recap w/ Paul F. Tompkins

September 28th, 2020

1:13:14

Rhea celebrates the 100th Episode of Three Swings by chatting with friend of the pod Paul F. Tompkins about baseball under quarantine. Plus Rhea …

Three Swings Classic: The Science of Baseball w/ Dr. Meredith Wills

September 19th, 2020

49:46

Enjoy this throwback interview with astrophysicist, sports data scientist, and baseball superfan Dr. Meredith Wills! Rhea and Dr. Wills talk about scientific explanations for MLB's historic increase in home …

RIP Lou Brock, 29 Runs, & Predicting the Postseason

September 11th, 2020

41:47

Rhea catches you up on the shortened 2020 men's baseball season - high scoring games, postseason predictions, and more. Plus a remembrance of Hall of Famer Lou Brock.


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The Players Strike

August 28th, 2020

37:25

Recorded on Jackie Robinson Day, Rhea discusses the decision made by several MLB teams and players this week to strike in protest of the police …

Homophobia in the Booth & MLB's Unwritten Rules w/ Evan Davis

August 21st, 2020

2:34:02

Baseball journalist Evan Davis joins Rhea to talk Reds' announcer Thom Brennaman's on-air homophobic remark (and his subsequent suspension and …

It's Hard to Enjoy Baseball Right Now

August 14th, 2020

39:48

Rhea opens up about anger, empathy, and why it's hard to enjoy baseball right now. Plus MLB updates, including the effect of coronavirus on the 2020 season and early season surprise teams.

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Three Swings Classic: Justine Siegal

August 7th, 2020

36:59

Enjoy this throwback interview with classic Three Swings guest Justine Siegal (Baseball For All)!


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Summer Mental Health Check-In (Presented by Better Help)

August 7th, 2020

10:55

Better Help presents a bonus episode from Rhea talking about how they're dealing with stress and anxiety.

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MLB's Performative Activism w/ Shakeia Taylor

July 31st, 2020

1:25:45

Rhea Butcher talks to writer Shakeia Taylor (Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, Fan Graphs) about MLB's attempt to separate activism from politics, the …

Opening Day 2020

July 25th, 2020

1:02:19

Rhea recaps the Opening Day of men's baseball 2020 in the midst of a pandemic. Plus Season Preview and Predictions, Juan Soto, and MLB's response to …

The Cleveland Logo & Racial Justice w/ Nick Francona

July 10th, 2020

1:36:26

Nick Francona (@NickFrancona) returns to Three Swings to talk with Rhea about the Cleveland baseball team's recent announcement regarding their name and logo ("We are committed to engaging our community and appropriate …

Negro Leagues Centennial, Glenn Burke, & Ian Desmond

July 3rd, 2020

1:18:25

As men's baseball nears a return, Rhea talks the Negro Leagues Centennial, Ian Desmond's powerful stand against the 2020 MLB season, and the life and …

Baseball Returns (But Should It?)

June 26th, 2020

40:02

Rhea talks the return of men's major league baseball and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's plans for a 60 game season, while at least 40 MLB players & staff test positive for COVID-19.


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Activism, Change, & This Week in Baseball

June 19th, 2020

57:39

Rhea joins you at this moment in history to talk police terrorism, activism, and change. Plus the week in baseball-- MLB's latest plan for restarting …

Three Swings Classic: Kendra James

June 12th, 2020

51:16

Enjoy this throwback interview with classic Three Swings guest Kendra James (Twitter @kendrajames_, Shondaland.com) talking Cubs fandom and much more!


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Mental Health Check-In (Presented by Better Help)

June 11th, 2020

18:17

Better Help presents a bonus episode from Rhea talking about how they're dealing with stress and anxiety.

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MLB & Systemic Racism w/ Randy Wilkins

June 5th, 2020

1:20:10

Rhea talks with filmmaker Randy Wilkins (@PamsSon) about baseball fandom, his tryout with the Royals, and his viral Twitter thread about the MLB's response (or lack of response) to the George Floyd murder and systemic …

De-Center Yourself

May 29th, 2020

39:30

Rhea joins you on the weekend to talk racial oppression, self-reflection, and the importance of de-centering. Rhea also talks men's baseball updates - including the latest MLB owners plan for a 2020 season and why so …

Three Swings Classic: AAGPBL & Hometown Emotions (Tour Diary 4.11.18)

May 22nd, 2020

43:53

Revisit another classic Three Swings episode! Recorded from their dad's house in Akron, OH on April 11 2018, Rhea recounts firsthand memories of the A League of their Own reunion game that took place at the 2016 …

Money, MLB Owners, and the July Return Plan

May 15th, 2020

45:48

Rhea discusses the MLB owners' plan for a July return, the money and media manipulation of it all, and responses from players, including friend of …

Three Swings Classic: Greg Proops

May 8th, 2020

1:02:21

Enjoy this throwback interview with Three Swings classic guest Greg Proops, talking the mental side of baseball, including genius and not-so-genius managerial moves, playing angry, and why Willie Mays may be the …

Baseball's Big Questions

May 1st, 2020

48:30

Rhea tackles some of baseball's biggest questions-- Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame? What if the Marlins had kept Stanton and Yelich? Is Ichiro baseball's true hit king? Is the late 90s Cleveland team the best …

Quarantine Mental Health Check-In (Presented by Better Help)

April 27th, 2020

13:13

Better Help presents a bonus episode from Rhea talking quarantine and how they're dealing with stress and anxiety. We hope this episode makes you …

Alex Cora Suspension, MLB Staff Pay, & Quarantine Survival Strategies

April 24th, 2020

39:42

Rhea returns with a fresh buzz cut to talk baseball and other things! Alex Cora's Suspension, MLB Staff Pay, Sean Doolittle's Grateful Dead Glove, …

The Show, MLB Coronavirus Study, & Arizona Bubble Backlash

April 17th, 2020

38:15

Rhea is here to get you through your quarantine with updates on the MLB's coronavirus study, The Show league, and major backlash against the Arizona bubble proposal from Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw.

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Duck Snort, Robot Fans, & the Arizona Plan w/ Wayland McQueen and Greg Nix

April 11th, 2020

1:17:35

Rhea is joined by friends/teammates Wayland McQueen and Greg Nix (Duck Snort podcast) for a baseball chat and a special announcement! Plus an update on the imminent return of baseball in the Asian leagues and the …

Yankees PPE Ponchos, Astros Non-Suspensions, & Minor League Salaries

April 3rd, 2020

47:36

Rhea is back for another week without baseball to talk Yankees PPE ponchos, former Astros serving their suspensions without missing any games, and minor league salaries during quarantine.


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Opening Day at Home

March 27th, 2020

55:07

Rhea records a new episode on what would have been Opening Day and talks control, generosity, MLB postponement, seven-inning doubleheaders, and how …

The Incredible Women of the AAGPBL

March 13th, 2020

1:18:40

Rhea talks with Anika Orrock, the author of "The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League." Available now wherever …

Astros Retaliation, Shohei Ohtani, & Playoff Projections

February 28th, 2020

52:35

Rhea catches you up on the first week of Spring Training, including retaliation against the Astros, Yankees injuries, Shohei Ohtani's recovery plan, playoff predictions, and more!


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Mookie Betts Trade, Negro Leagues Centennial, & Astros Apologies

February 14th, 2020

1:11:44

Rhea catches you up on all the latest baseball news, including the Mookie Betts trade, the Negro Leagues Centennial, and the Astros' coordinated …

Baseball Twitter, Dusty Baker, & the Service-Time Scam

January 31st, 2020

57:46

Rhea catches you up on a busy and chaotic MLB offseason -- the Astros hire Dusty Baker, Kris Bryant loses his service time grievance against the Cubs, and Baseball Twitter has the receipts in the Astros sign stealing …

The Sign Stealing Verdict

January 17th, 2020

1:15:25

Rhea breaks down the MLB's verdict on the Astros' sign stealing scandal, the history of the scandal, and what it all means for the future of baseball.


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The 2010s All-Decade Team

December 30th, 2019

36:52

Rhea reviews ESPN's All-Decade Team for the 2010s, including Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw, and more! Plus Hot Stove Updates!


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The Battle for the Minor Leagues

December 14th, 2019

44:58

Rhea digs into the MLB's plan to contract the Minor Leagues and the effect it will have on local teams and communities across the country. Plus a …

Gabe Kapler, Sign Stealing Updates, & the Joys of Batting Practice

November 27th, 2019

59:48

Rhea reviews the latest updates on the Astros sign stealing scandal and talks San Francisco's hiring of Gabe Kapler, the joys of batting practice, physical therapy, and the process of understanding.


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Astros Sign Stealing, End of Year Awards, & the Nationals White House Visit

November 16th, 2019

1:36:45

The 2019 men's baseball season is over but Rhea Butcher is back to talk the Astros sign stealing scandal, end of year Awards, and the Washington Nationals White House visit. Plus new managerial hirings, teammates, and …

2019 MLB World Series Recap

November 2nd, 2019

35:01

Rhea recaps the Washington Nationals' historic World Series run plus Washington pitcher Sean Doolittle's thoughtful reasoning on why he won't be …

2019 MLB World Series Gms 1 & 2

October 25th, 2019

53:56

Rhea revisits the surprising first two games of the World Series and talks the emergence of Juan Soto, the return of the bunt, and Gerrit Cole's …

2019 MLB League Championship Series Recap

October 18th, 2019

52:46

Rhea recaps the men's baseball League Championship series between the Nationals and the Cardinals AND the Yankees and the Astros!


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2019 MLB Division Series Recap

October 11th, 2019

1:11:41

In the wake of the 2019 MLB Division Series, Rhea talks gratitude, amnesia, the Tomahawk Chop, and the eternal return of history and baseball. Plus …

Three Swings LIVE (High Plains Comedy Festival, Denver CO)

October 1st, 2019

1:14:20

The first ever Three Swings LIVE ] with guests Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy, and David Perdue! 2019 Regular Season Recap, Awards, …

World Series Simulations, the Yankees, & the Ratings Game

September 20th, 2019

44:46

Rhea talks the good things in life and getting stoked for the men's baseball postseason plus Yankees peaking, World Series simulations, the TV …

Wild Card Races, The Maddux, & Living Online

September 14th, 2019

54:35

Rhea talks living online, cancel culture, Christian Yelich's late season injury, Wild Card races, and the Dodgers! Plus #RosinBag questions on …

No Hitter History, Playoff Predictions, & the Year of the Rookie

September 4th, 2019

1:02:15

Rhea talks the history of the no hitter; Tyler Skaggs, addiction, and Big Pharma; playoff predictions; the year of the Rookie; the PanAmerican …

Mike Trout, Mercy Rule, & the Pan Am Women's Baseball Championship

August 23rd, 2019

35:57

Rhea Butcher talks Mike Trout, the Pan Am Womens Baseball Championship, the Tigers historic upset of the Astros, Clayton Kershaw, a dubious record …

Mets Resurgence, Surprise Stats Leaders, & Blackout Restrictions

August 16th, 2019

53:39

Fresh off their 37th birthday, Rhea returns from a bye week to talk Mets, veganism, dietary ethics, movie popcorn, redemption, blackout restrictions, …

Tyler Skaggs, The Church of Baseball, & Trade Deadline Moves

August 2nd, 2019

35:07

Rhea commemorates Tyler Skaggs and talks the church of baseball, the importance of tiny good things in dark times, trade deadline moves, the Orioles, …

Women in Baseball Week

July 26th, 2019

40:14

Rhea celebrates Women in Baseball Week (July 21-27) with profiles of Alta Weiss, Maria Pepe, and Toni Stone, and a rundown of events and exhibits …

The Science of Baseball w/ Dr. Meredith Wills

July 19th, 2019

1:06:32

Rhea talks to astrophysicist, sports data scientist, and baseball superfan Dr. Meredith Wills! Plus thoughts on the MLB Trade Deadline, Second Half Predictions, Sadness, and Simple Acts of Kindness. Plus #RosinBag …

Juiced Balls, Vlad vs Joc, & the 2019 All-Star Game

July 13th, 2019

29:22

Rhea recaps the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, an historic Home Run Derby, and Justin Verlander's campaign against juiced balls.


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MLB All-Star Snubs, Surprises, & Home Run Derby Predictions

July 3rd, 2019

19:38

Rhea brings you a special MLB All-Star Game edition of Three Swings, talking snubs, surprises, and well deserved first timers. Plus Home Run Derby predictions. Anthony Rendon, Tommy LaStella, Manny Machado, Max Muncy, …

Loving Baseball For Life w/ Jimmy Pardo

June 26th, 2019

1:04:07

Rhea talks to superfan Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny) about the ups and downs of loving baseball for life-- the Chicago teams, the best announcers, …

The Hidden Queer History Behind “A League of Their Own” w/ Britni de la Cretaz

June 21st, 2019

44:30

Writer Britni de la Cretaz joins Rhea to discuss her groundbreaking essay on the Hidden Queer History Behind "A League of Their Own" and the AAGPBL. Read it here:

Women's Baseball Deserves Your Attention

June 14th, 2019

20:16

Rhea returns just in time for the baseball weekend with a rundown of an incredible article from beyondtheboxscore.com called "Women's Baseball Deserves Your Attention." Thank you @kseling on Twitter for bringing this to …

PRIDE, Diamilette Quiles, & All Star Voting

June 5th, 2019

1:04:06

Rhea shares thoughts on PRIDE, empathy, capitalism, and communication... why the world is broken and how we might begin to fix it... plus some thoughts on baseball... the endless free agencies of Craig Kimbrel and …

MLB, Money, & the Military w/ Nick Francona

May 31st, 2019

2:21:53

Rhea interviews MLB front office veteran and Marine Corps veteran Nick Francona about the MLB's approach to Memorial Day, commodifying the military, …

Doolittle vs Maddon, Mets in Trouble, & Three True Outcomes

May 22nd, 2019

25:58

Rhea phones in from Alabama to talk the importance of tiny changes, Sean Doolittle vs Joe Maddon, the Mets in trouble, and the influence of the Three …

Hyun-jin Ryu, Minnesota Twins, & Gender Toxicity

May 15th, 2019

48:31

Rhea talks hanging out with Sean Doolittle, running into Manny Machado, Hyun-jin Ryu's Cy Young campaign, the Minnesota Twins resurgence, Julio …

Red Sox White House, the NL Central, & Dingers

May 8th, 2019

1:04:49

Fresh off a fantasy baseball winning streak, Rhea returns this week to talk George Springer, the language of homophobia and gender bias, race …

Cody Bellinger, Minor League Mascots, & Umpiring Gender Bias

May 3rd, 2019

43:24

Rhea talks Cody Bellinger's mechanics, Vladimir Guerrero Jr's arrival, Cleveland's lost season, CC Sabathia's milestone, and much more! Including an …

Tampa Bay Rays, Tim Anderson Suspension, & the Two Perfect Baseball Movies

April 25th, 2019

37:32

Rhea is here with thoughts on the only two perfect baseball movies, the Tampa Bay Rays, Nolan Arenado's milestone, the Yankees injury list, the Red …

Rec League Grand Slam, Jacob DeGrom, & Baseball ASMR

April 17th, 2019

40:25

Rhea's in your ears, but not online! Hot off some major league rec league heroics, Rhea talks the Dodgers' inherent beatability, the Padres on the rise in the NL West, Houston and Seattle's joint ability to have fun …

Hot/Slow Starts, Chris Davis Futility, & the Cuban Agreement

April 10th, 2019

51:49

Rhea's back with a baseball haircut and some hot takes on MLB's hot starts and slow starts, the art of the apology, how to have fun with fantasy …

MLB Upside Down, Christian Yelich, & Root Beer

April 3rd, 2019

43:53

It's only Week 1 of the men's baseball season and we're already living in the Upside Down. Rhea is here to talk you through all the surprising and (not so surprising) MLB happenings. Including hot starts from Tampa Bay, …

Men's Baseball 2019 Season Preview

March 27th, 2019

42:51

Opening Day is just around the corner and Rhea has your 2019 men's baseball preview! MVP and Cy Young picks, players to watch, and World Series predictions. Yankees? Astros? Dodgers? Brewers?? Rays??? Plus fantasy draft …

Corporate Baseball, Bryce Harper, & Robot Umpires

March 20th, 2019

1:12:33

It's baseball time, everybody! Rhea returns to talk the beginning of the men's major league season, free agency and injury updates, Bryce Harper on the Phillies, Manny Machado on the Padres, Blake Snell's extension, the …

Money and Baseball (w/ Parker Molloy)

February 20th, 2019

1:17:29

Writer and baseball fan extraordinaire Parker Molloy (@parkermolloy) joins Rhea for this week's episode of Three Swings to discuss the problems of …

DH Rule, MLB's Best Players, & "Women's" Baseball

February 13th, 2019

49:47

Rhea Butcher brings Three Swings back this week to meditate on the problematic semantics of the phrase "women's baseball," as well as the history of business dealings that created today's women's sports climate. Plus, …

Hall of Fame, Free Agency, & Native Oppression

January 31st, 2019

58:12

Rhea and Three Swings are back, and NOT to talk about movies! This week, thoughts on the Mariano Rivera Hall of Fame discussions, the Red Sox going to the White House (and the Red Sox not going to the White House), and …

The Natural (w/ Paul F. Tompkins)

January 16th, 2019

1:16:31

Happy 2019! Rhea and Three Swings kick the new year off by discussing some recent online nastiness by Trevor Bauer and offering thoughts on fair …

THE BEST OF FOREVER DOG 2018

December 26th, 2018

3:02:29

Thank you for listening to Forever Dog podcasts this year and please enjoy this year-in-review clips show! Listen to find a new favorite podcast to subscribe to in 2019 or just a killer back catalog to binge during your …

Bull Durham

December 19th, 2018

46:55

In the final episode of Three Swings for 2018, Rhea brings you a review of possibly the best sports movie of all time, Bull Durham. From Kevin …

MLB Trades, Women’s Rankings, & Accountability

December 7th, 2018

44:59

Rhea and Three Swings step back up to the plate to run down some of the most high-profile offseason trades and recent womens baseball rankings. Also, an impassioned discussion of MLBs rash of domestic abuse cases and …

MLB Awards, Teammates, & Sobriety

November 21st, 2018

1:04:28

Rhea returns after the postseason to run down the MLB end-of-year awards. Also, thoughts on giving up drinking, the coexistence of sadness and joy, becoming a part of a team, and what it feels like to watch your team …

World Series 2018, Trust, & Picking Your Battles

November 1st, 2018

52:32

Rhea looks back on a historic World Series, including a dramatic 18-inning marathon and a continued slew of bizarre and puzzling management decisions …

World Series 2018 Games 1 & 2

October 25th, 2018

34:56

Rhea recaps Games 1 and 2 of the 2018 World Series. The Red Sox lead 2-0 after slugging their way to a pair of home wins over the Dodgers.

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World Series Preview, Leaving Social Media, & the Bully Paradox

October 24th, 2018

59:52

Rhea recaps the final games of the NL and AL Championship Series, then talks through what to expect and why in the World Series. An unlikely matchup with a historically high win differential between teams, plus …

Championship Series Updates, Roger the Peanut Guy, & Choosing Positivity

October 18th, 2018

1:05:02

Rhea recaps the AL and NL Championship Series. Plus, the inside story of Rhea's instantly legendary one-handed peanut grab (check Instagram) and thoughts on Dave Roberts' management strategies and Osuna's just desserts. …

Division Series Recaps, Pennant Predictions, & the Value of Meditation

October 12th, 2018

42:07

Rhea has your Division Series recaps and predictions for the powerhouse League Championship series (Boston vs Houston, Milwaukee vs LA). Plus Brock …

Three Swings Awards, Playoff Updates, & Queerness in Sports (w/ A.W. Klass)

October 5th, 2018

1:24:27

Rhea returns this week with a trophy case full of Three Swings Awards, another round of playoff predictions, and an interview with photographer and …

Playoff Predictions, Rec League Triumphs, & Radical Kindness

September 26th, 2018

36:43

Rhea's back with another in-depth look at the US Women's National Team, this time with a profile of Emily Tsujikawa. Plus, a preview of playoff …

US Women's Baseball, Being Kind, & Dealing with Pain

September 19th, 2018

36:06

Rhea delivers an in-depth look at the US Women's National Baseball Team! Plus a review of the Dodgers/Cardinals series, an apology to Rockies fans, …

Playing Better Baseball, Women's Baseball World Cup, & World Series Matchups

September 14th, 2018

53:59

Fresh off a cameo in the latest Apple Keynote (what?!) THREE SWINGS RETURNS! Rhea talks the mental process of playing better baseball, the Women's …

Billy Bean, Daniel Murphy, & the MLB Closet

August 30th, 2018

1:01:14

In the wake of Daniel Murphy's acquisition by the Cubs, Rhea breaks down Murphy's history of homophobic rhetoric and poses a basic question: thirteen …

Division Races, Beanballs, & Fake Rivalries

August 22nd, 2018

44:06

RHEA IS BACK just in time for the Division Races to heat up! Rhea talks the Dodgers terrible August and whether or not it spells disaster for their postseason chances. Will the miracle A's catch the Astros in the AL …

Osuna Trade Shame, More Twitter Apologies, & Making Baseball Better

August 3rd, 2018

50:44

It was a difficult week to be a fan of the MLB and Rhea returns from Dublin to break it down, talking the shame of the Houston Astros' acquisition of …

White Supremacy Gets a Standing Ovation, Chase Utley's Legacy, & Wild Card Predictions

July 25th, 2018

1:01:53

"Baseball is very political and anybody who thinks it isn't, isn't watching baseball..." Rhea weighs in on Josh Hader's standing ovation in Milwaukee …

Home Run Derby, Keon Broxton's Catch, & Fragile Masculinity Memes

July 19th, 2018

1:10:08

After a brief rain delay, Rhea Butcher returns to talk the importance of therapy and community college, the world's only ethical billionaire, and of …

All Star Underdogs, World Series Odds, & LeBron James

July 4th, 2018

47:29

As we near the All Star Break, Rhea shouts out the underdogs and non-household names that deserve All Star spots. Plus Fantasy Updates, Rhea's best …

MLB Domestic Violence Policy, Dog Whistles, & Redemption Narrative Problems

June 29th, 2018

1:01:48

Rhea discusses the MLB's approach to domestic violence and the fallacy of "redemption narratives" when it pertains to perpetrators of physical and …

Silence Equals Death, Militarization, & Mike Trout

June 20th, 2018

51:12

Rhea's got a new home recording setup and, like many of us, needs to talk about things more important than baseball. There's baseball too. But before baseball, Rhea talks about the importance of not being silent, being …

Baseball TV, Bunting, & Walk Off Balks (w/ Lesley Goldberg)

June 13th, 2018

1:02:26

LIVE AT THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL IN AUSTIN TX, Rhea talks to TV journalist Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter) about finding baseball as a …

Pride, AAGPBL 75th Anniversary, & Walk-Off Culberson

June 6th, 2018

44:27

Just back from Rockford IL, Rhea shares their experiences from the 75th Anniversary of the AAGPBL (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) and talks Negro League women players (Toni Stone, Connie Morgan, and …

National Anthem, Summer Reading List, & Scooter Gennett

May 30th, 2018

42:58

Recorded on Memorial Day, Rhea talks about the complexities of American identity, power, entitlement, the never ending pursuit of equality, and of …

Starting Relievers, Dodgers Resurgence, & Cy Young Candidates

May 23rd, 2018

36:54

After a week of scoring literally 0 Fantasy Points thanks to the Draconian bylaws of the CBS Fantasy Baseball App, Rhea sits down to talk better baseball news... a possible Dodgers resurgence, MLB's Quick Pitch, and …

PED Discrimination, Free Agency Predictions, & Better Baseball Metaphors

May 18th, 2018

1:09:03

"While I'm alive, I'll make tiny changes to earth." Rhea talks honestly about addiction, depression, PED discrimination, and more that's on their …

Baseball Life Advice, Mookie Betts, & Mexico Expansion (w/ Stacey May Fowles)

May 9th, 2018

1:26:48

Author of Baseball Life Advice, Stacey May Fowles (@MissStaceyMay) calls in from maternity leave in Toronto to talk balancing life and baseball, Blue Jays highs and lows, and Jose Bautista's greatness. They also discuss …

BONUS Rhea's Tomboy Hall of Fame | Presented by TomboyX Neutrals

May 3rd, 2018

18:22

TomboyX Neutrals presents a very special BONUS episode of Three Swings! Rhea Butcher reveals their highly personal, highly autobiographical TOMBOY HALL OF FAME, featuring Tomboys from film, TV, literature, and real …

Baseball For All, Dodgers Down, & Knuckleballs (w/ Justine Siegal)

May 2nd, 2018

1:19:12

The first female coach of a professional men's baseball team, JUSTINE SIEGAL, joins Rhea to talk growing up playing the sport everyone told her she …

Hometown Announcers, Sean Manaea, & Sabermetrics Gripes (w/ Paul F. Tompkins)

April 25th, 2018

1:28:41

Rhea and baseball texting buddy PAUL F. TOMPKINS (clad in a throwback Philadelphia Phillies cap, check @threeswingspod for the evidence) get LOUD about hometown announcers, 90s Phillies dirtbags, gum chewing, outfield …

TOUR DIARY #3 Negro Leagues Museum, Fantasy Struggles, & Getting On Base

April 18th, 2018

45:22

In their third and final Spring 2018 tour diary, Rhea returns home, battles a cold, and dispenses some simple but profound baseball-themed life …

TOUR DIARY #2 AAGPBL, A League of Their Own Reunion, & Hometown Emotions

April 11th, 2018

50:31

Recorded from their dad's house in Akron, OH, Rhea recounts their firsthand memories of the A League of their Own reunion game that took place at the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival-- seeing former AAGPBL player Gina …

TOUR DIARY #1 Opening Day, Eye Contact, & Manny Machado Swag (w/ Eric Dadourian)

April 4th, 2018

1:27:14

Recorded in Baltimore, Central Pennsylvania, and stops in between, Rhea kicks off the first of three tour diary episodes with a rundown of Opening Day headlines, including the underperforming Dodgers, the (perennially) …

Teammates, "Men's" Hats, & Joc Pederson (w/ Alice Wetterlund)

March 28th, 2018

1:15:40

"I literally have a megaphone." Rhea talks to baseball teammate and fellow comedian Alice Wetterlund (Treks and the City podcast) about playing …

SCRAP, José Altuve, & the UConn Double Standard (w/ Jen Mac Ramos)

March 21st, 2018

1:24:51

Rhea talks to baseball statistician Jen Mac Ramos (Hardball Times, Baseball Prospectus) about falling in love with the numbers without losing sight of the bigger picture-- the relationship between stats and …

Couples Catch Therapy, White House Astros, & Hot Stove Pt3 (w/ Cameron Esposito)

March 14th, 2018

1:23:04

Rhea is joined by her favorite comedian on the planet, her wife CAMERON ESPOSITO (!), to talk about the importance of playing catch in your marriage, Title IX, Chicago softball, pride nights, Kiké Hernández, and the …

Cubs Fandom, Jackie Robinson Realities, & Bullpen Carts (w/ Kendra James)

March 7th, 2018

1:36:48

Rhea revisits the poetic (for better or worse) 2016 World Series with KENDRA JAMES (Twitter @kendrajames_, Shondaland.com) who talks Cubs fandom, surviving the drought years, and the emotional shock of finally coming …

Willie Mays Mind Games, Female Umpires, & Hot Stove Pt2 (w/ Greg Proops)

February 28th, 2018

1:38:53

Rhea talks to the comedy world's premiere baseball mind, GREG PROOPS, about the mental side of baseball, including genius and not-so-genius managerial moves, playing angry, and why Willie Mays may be the smartest ball …

World Series Heartbreak, Hot Stove, & The Block-C (w/ Josh Gondelman)

February 21st, 2018

1:42:05

PLAY BALL! Rhea Butcher (@rheabutcher) kicks off her new weekly baseball podcast with a brief history of life as a baseball fan (and a Cleveland baseball fan at that), including plenty of TBS and heartbreak.

Rhea recaps …

Three Swings Trailer

February 5th, 2018

6:42

Check out what you can expect from Rhea Butcher's new podcast, THREE SWINGS, an unconventional look at America's pastime with radically sensible …

Likely Mad As Hell #8 | World Series 2017 Game 7

November 3rd, 2017

54:00

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT8 Another season down. Rhea reflects on the 2017 World Series and the Astros' first championship in franchise history. She opens up about what the Dodgers and the sport of …

Likely Mad As Hell #7 | World Series 2017 Game 6

November 1st, 2017

32:06

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT7 "Like watching two twins arm wrestle for a week..." Of course this Series is going seven games. Did you expect anything less? Rhea records her thoughts on Game 6 from a …

Likely Mad As Hell #6 | World Series 2017 Games 4 & 5

October 30th, 2017

45:41

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT6 "I myself am on the brink..." This series. Oh man, this series. Just relentless, gut punch baseball over and over and over. Not to mention the ongoing Yuri Gurriel debacle, two …

Likely Mad As Hell #5 | World Series 2017 Game 3

October 28th, 2017

36:02

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT5 "Conventional wisdom is losing the World Series right now." Rhea breaks down the managerial miscues and poor at-bats that led to a 5-3 Houston victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 …

Likely Mad As Hell #4 | Paul F. Tompkins

October 27th, 2017

54:46

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT4 Rhea's back in LA with special guest Paul F. Tompkins talking baseball superstitions, the 90s Phillies, …

Likely Mad As Hell #3 | World Series 2017 Game 2

October 26th, 2017

32:37

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT3 Wow. And just like that, everything changes. Rhea recaps the wild, four hour slugfest that saw the Dodgers pitching strategy crumble and the Astros eek out a 7-6 win in the …

Likely Mad As Hell BONUS INTERVIEW w/ Crystal Peterson @ MLB.com

October 25th, 2017

20:02

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY BONUS INTERVIEW Rhea visited the MLB.com headquarters in NYC today and got a chance to talk with Crystal Peterson, Assoc. Producer for MLB Entertainment, about Australian sports, …

Likely Mad As Hell #2 | World Series 2017 Game 1

October 25th, 2017

44:36

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT2 Rhea brings you her Game 1 recap from a New York hotel room in the wee hours of the night after a day spent battling delayed flights, bad wifi, and airplane farts. It was the …

Likely Mad As Hell #1 | MLB 2017 Postseason Recap & World Series Preview

October 24th, 2017

47:12

RHEA BUTCHER'S 2017 WORLD SERIES DIARY PT1 Rhea Butcher kicks off her limited series World Series diary by recapping a wild 2017 postseason and recounting the Dodgers and Astros respective paths to the Fall Classic. …

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