In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Josh Levin, Stefan Fatsis, and Mike Pesca discuss the stars of the baseball playoffs, including Clayton Kershaw, Javier Baez, and Francisco Lindor. They also examine the many theories on the decline of the NFL’s television ratings. Finally, they discuss the Fox show Pitch with former minor league baseball pitcher Ila Borders. CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST
Every time Kelsie Whitmore takes the next step toward a career in baseball — feeling uncomfortable, nervous or scared — she asks herself, “Do I really want this?” The 18-year-old outfielder/pitcher was always the only girl on her Little League, all-star and high school teams — often discouraged from playing and invariably the odd-one-out. But the answer to her question is always a confident yes. “There’s never no,” said Whitmore, who’s been playing since she was 6. “Baseball
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