Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the dominant Justin Verlander and the Astros’ historic pitching pace, the still-struggling Dodgers, and the prospects of Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., then talk to author Rob Neyer (16:28) about becoming the commissioner of the West Coast League, the future of baseball in Portland, and writing his forthcoming book, Power Ball. Later, they bring on ESPN MLB senior editor Christina Kahrl (32:03) to discuss when an MLB team will hire the league’s first female GM, the progress the game has and hasn’t made in embracing gender diversity, and her own experience being accepted by the baseball community.
Audio intro: The Mountain Goats, "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero"
Audio interstitial 1: The Rolling Stones, "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man"
Audio interstitial 2: Electric Light Orchestra, "Wild West Hero"
Audio outro: Mac DeMarco, "For the First Time"