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A Pod of Their Own, Episode 36: A Conversation with Sheryl Ring

We podcast through our feelings about Carlos Beltran and welcome Beyond the Box Score’s Sheryl Ring to unpack the ugliness emerging from MLB and why we love it anyway

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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.

We kick things off by bidding farewell to Carlos Beltran - we really, actually hardly knew ye - and look at a few possible replacements. We also take a look at how this week illustrated Jessica Mendoza’s conflicting team and media roles. (1:15)

We also announce our inaugural APOTO book club selection! We’ll be reading Baseball Maverick by Steve Kettmann over the next month and discussing it on our February 25 show. All APOTO listeners are invited to read along and send us their thoughts via email or Twitter for us to share in our discussion. (30:10)

Next, we welcome Sheryl Ring of Beyond the Box Score and talk about what baseball has meant in her life before tackling the larger implications of the sign-stealing scandal and where Major League Baseball goes from here. (32:58)

You can read Sheryl’s take on Carlos Beltran here, her proposal for a reimagined approach to domestic violence suspensions here, and while you’re at it, just read the whole damn archive, because she’s a freaking gem.

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. (1:35:09)

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 follow our special guest Sheryl Ring (@Ring_Sheryl). You can also email the show at

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