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A Pod of Their Own, Episode 11: Sometimes the Mets are alright

This week, we discuss the Mets looking decent recently and we also look at the human trafficking issues taking place in Latin America.

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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 by discussing the Mets bouncing back with a solid week but the Mets couldn’t refrain from Metsing and mishandled Robinson Cano’s injury. (1:06)

Next, we answer fan emails during our Seventh Inning Stretch segment. (15:56)

We change gears after that and take a look at the underside of baseball when it comes to signing players from Latin America. The Dodgers were recently nominated for Humanitarian of the Year which concerned us considering they are one of the teams under investigation by the Department of Justice. (25:07)

We referenced several articles including a Sports Illustrated piece by Jon Wertheim that details emails exchanged and the infamous document that ranks the crimes committed.

Sheryl Ring wrote a detailed piece for Fangraphs that explored the legal trouble the Dodgers find themselves in.

Jeff Passan’s article for Yahoo discussed the buscones’ role in Latin America as well as what the children are subject to, including taking steroids at a young age.

Will Hobson, Teri Thompson, and Christian Red’s article for the Washington Post focused on the Cuban players who want to play in America and what their journey is like.

Lastly, Nick Francona posted a video on his Twitter account which gives direct insight from those involved in baseball in Latin America.

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. Maggie’s Walk-Off Win includes this article about the delightful Pete Alonso. (50:57)

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