As two fixtures of the last decade of baseball seem ready to exit the game, the league prepares itself for the arrival of its next class of stars. On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella visit the past and the future, as the two discuss the possible final days of David Wright with the Mets and Ryan Howard with the Phillies and then turn their attention to the upcoming MLB draft.
To start, Ted and Steve break down the news of Wright's neck injury and expected long absence from New York, and whether the Mets will ever get their captain back at full strength and what they can do to replace him. From there, they discuss the benching of Howard in Philadelphia, and whether his contract is the worst in baseball. After that, the conversation turns to next week's amateur draft, as Ted and Steve try to come up with ways to improve the event and process, including some truly radical suggestions involving timing, the teams and the trading of picks.
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