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On this week's edition of The Strike Zone Podcast, Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella talk Yoenis Cespedes vs. Bryce Harper for NL MVP, the Nationals' collapse and Ruben Amaro's firing.

By The SI Staff
September 11, 2015

Who's your National League MVP? That's the big question for this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, with hosts Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella debating the worthiness of Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes as a challenger to Bryce Harper's brilliant season for the Nationals. Does Cespedes deserve MVP consideration for his hot play with New York, or has Harper simply been too good in his breakout year?

Speaking of the Nationals, Ted and Stephen take a deep dive into Washington's sweep at the hands of the Mets to see just what went wrong for Harper and company and how much blame manager Matt Williams deserves for his team's disappointing season. Sticking with the NL East, Ted and Stephen turn their attention to Philadelphia and the end of Ruben Amaro's tenure with the Phillies to look back on his time as the team's general manager and his greatest failings in Philly. Finally, Ted and Stephen pay tribute to the retiring Tim Hudson, a pitcher who in many ways helped define the current era of baseball.

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