A number of All-Star-caliber MLB players have decided not to take part in the 2020 season, including David Price, Felix Hernandez, Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond. Meanwhile, Mike Trout and Buster Posey are among the star players who are on the fence. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli to look at why some of these players have chosen to sit out, and whether many more will follow. Follow Britt Ghiroli’s coverage of the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball: https://theathletic.com/author/brittany-ghiroli/?source=theleadpodcast
Major League Baseball players have had some extra time on their hands recently. And, it turns out, they've gotten into some pretty interesting activities. The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli fills us in on how a few different MLB players have been spending their time, in ways that are surprising, inspiring, and colorful.Read Britt Ghiroli and Eno Sarris's story about MLB players actions during lockdown:https://theathletic.com/1807617/2020/05/12/gardening-podcasting-harp-how-mlb-players-are-passing-the-time-in-lockdown/?source=theleadpodcast
It's NL East preview day! Buster talks Braves with MLB.com's Mark Bowman (3:26), Marlins with the Miami Herald's Jordan McPherson (11:31), Mets with SNY's Steve Gelbs (15:36), Phillies with The Philadelphia Inquirer Scott Lauber (23:47) and Nationals with The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli (33:23).
The Houston Astros hired Dusty Baker to take over in the dugout just weeks after firing manager AJ Hinch in the aftermath of the team's sign stealing scandal. At 70 years old, Baker is the oldest manager in baseball, but with that comes a wealth of experience and stability the Astros desperately need. Baker is known as a players' manager and has a stellar reputation in the league. So how will he do as he inherits a team mired in controversy but also built to win the World Series? The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli joins us to talk about Baker's hiring, his historic career as a player and manager, and why he's just what Houston needs.