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A Pod of Their Own, Episode 38: A conversation with D.B. Firstman

This week, we welcome baseball back with the start of Spring Training, and we talk with D.B. Firstman about the joy of baseball names

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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 taking a look at Baseball Prospectus’s surprisingly Mets-friendly PECOTA projections and ask ourselves the eternal question: are the Mets good? (0:52)

Next, we call out the Mets for some pretty classless treatment of their minor leaguers and also unpack the latest unfortunate chapter in the sign-stealing saga (spoiler alert: it’s not looking great for Carlos Beltran). (11:24)

Then, we welcome a special guest in D.B. Firstman, brilliant baseball writer and wordsmith whose book Hall of Name: Baseball’s Most Magnificent Monikers hits stores next month. They share their journey to writing this book (and what Mets make the cut!) and weigh in on the latest MLB rumblings. (30:05)

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. (1:02:27)

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