This week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast says goodbye to one MLB superstar and welcomes on another, as Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella discuss the impending retirement of Alex Rodriguez, then bring on former major league pitcher Bill Lee to talk about his career and his unexpected run for the governor's office in Vermont.
First, Ted and Steve tackle the biggest news of the week: A-Rod. The two discuss A-Rod's decision to retire and what his legacy will be after baseball, including the controversy he created and the numbers he produced, and debate whether or not public opinion on Rodriguez will soften over time and what his hopes of getting into the Hall of Fame will be. They also touch on another veteran's big moment: Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th career hit, and what that milestone means for him and for baseball history.
After that, Ted sits down with Lee, a 14-year veteran and one of the sport's most colorful figures, to talk about the upcoming biopic based on his life, "Spaceman," as well as his career in baseball with the Red Sox and Expos, what he thinks of the game now, why he wants to be the governor of Vermont, his stance on drugs in the game and a whole lot more.
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