This week, we start the show by paying tribute to the victims of last week’s Calabasas helicopter crash, including Kobe Bryant, and long time baseball coach John Altobelli. From there, the team discusses Nick Castellanos’ record four-year, $64 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds, and if it makes them the favorite in the NL Central heading into the 2020 season. Sticking in the division, the team moves to Pittsburgh, where the Pirates traded All-Star center fielder Starling Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and to Chicago, where All-Star Kris Bryant lost his service-time hearing. Elsewhere, the team moves to Houston to discuss the Astros’ choice of Dusty Baker as their new manager, and break down some new data surrounding the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
Chase Madorsky is a UCLA graduate and baseball fanatic who lists Derek Jeter as his favorite athlete of all-time and is still convinced that David Wells should be the model for all aspiring pitchers. He supports his hometown New York Yankees and is currently waiting for the reemergence of his beloved New York Giants, New York Knicks, and UCLA Bruins.