The “R2C2” podcast with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco left The Ringer several months ago.
The Post has learned that the parting of ways happened amid some friction between Sabathia and Ringer founder Bill Simmons, in addition to some shifting strategy at the company.
Sources said that the friction with “R2C2” came when Simmons sought to provide some coaching tips for the podcast, and Sabathia was not appreciative of the feedback.
With regards to the shifting strategy, a Ringer spokesperson told The Post, “Bill and the whole Ringer team enjoyed working with the ‘R2C2’ team and are appreciative of their time together. This year, the Ringer made a strategic decision to move away from baseball-focused podcasts, instead covering the sport as part of our city-specific sports podcasts.”
The city podcasts include John Jastremski in New York, Jason Goff in Chicago, and Brian Barrett in Boston.
Sabathia’s agent, Mark Lepselter, founder of Maxx Sports & Entertainment Group, declined to comment for this story.
The “R2C2” podcast joined The Ringer in June of 2020 and continues to broadcast independently on all the relevant podcast platforms. Ruocco calls play-by-play for ESPN and YES Network. Sabathia pitched in MLB from 2001 through 2019, winning the Cy Young Award with Cleveland in 2007 and the World Series in 2009. Sabathia is also a talent at MLB Network.
It is not uncommon for Simmons to provide notes for podcasters at The Ringer, which launched in March of 2016 and was acquired by Spotify for $250 million in 2020.