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A Pod of Their Own, Episode 3: A conversation with Dr. Meredith Wills

This week, we chat about the Mets’ powerhouse offense and have our very first guest on the show!

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Welcome back to A Pod of Their Own, a show by the women of Amazin’ Avenue where we talk all things Mets, social justice issues in baseball, and normalize female voices in the sports podcasting space.

This week, we begin the show with a discussion of the Mets’ pitching woes, offset by how great their offense—specifically Pete Alonso—has been. We also talk about the roster crunch with the return of Todd Frazier imminent. (0:51)

Next, we have an interview with Dr. Meredith Wills—astrophysicist, baseball Hall of Famer, data scientist, knitting designer, and baseball connoisseur. We talk about her work published last summer that revealed what was different about post-2015 baseballs versus pre-2015 baseballs, what she thinks about the current spike in home runs across the game, what it’s like to be a woman in science and baseball, and her latest craft projects. (23:20)

Finally, we wrap things up with Walk-off Wins, where each of us talks about what’s making us happy this week, baseball-related or otherwise. (50:01)

You can listen or subscribe to all of our wonderful Amazin’ Avenue Audio podcasts through Apple Podcasts, where we encourage you to leave a review if you enjoy the show. It really helps! And you can find us on the Stitcher app, Spotify, or listen through the embedded player below.

You can follow A Pod of Their Own on Twitter (@apodoftheirown) and you can also follow all of our co-hosts on Twitter: Allison McCague (@PetitePhD), Maggie Wiggin (@maggie162), and Linda Surovich (@LindaSurovich). You can also email the show at You can follow our guest, Dr. Meredith Wills on Twitter (@Bbl_Astrophyscs) and read her blog, The Hall of Fame Knitter. You can also purchase some of the wonderful accessories made from game-used baseballs that we discussed during the segment on her Etsy shop, MudvilleNine.

Look for A Pod of Their Own in your feeds every Wednesday and don’t forget: there’s no crying in podcasting!