WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: More no-hitters, Tony La Russa’s gaffe, and Albert Pujols’ release

A little bit of catch-up for this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, but these topics are still buzzing.

Should Major League Baseball be concerned about four no-hitters (five, unofficially) being thrown nearly six weeks into the 2021 season? Did Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa confirm the worst fears about his return to the dugout? And should the Los Angeles Angels have handled Albert Pujols’ release more respectfully?

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WISE Sports Radio NFL talk: Aaron Rodgers’ feud with the Packers, NFL Draft reactions, Detroit Lions’ offseason

Aaron Rodgers’ feud with the Green Bay Packers has hijacked the NFL offseason. So naturally, we had to talk about him on our WISE Sports Radio NFL segment. Is Rodgers serious about wanting to play for another team? Would the Packers really trade the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player?

We also discussed the fallout from the 2021 NFL Draft. Which teams improved themselves? Which teams fell short of expectations? The Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills got a bit more spotlight, ceding to the favorite teams of me and co-host Mike Gore.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Mets-Phillies rivalry, Bryce Harper’s face, and Jesus Luzardo’s pinky finger

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies could be giving us another good baseball rivalry. On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss this past weekend’s series where tensions heated up between the two clubs.

Also, how is Phillies slugger Bryce Harper after taking a pitch to the face? How absurd is MLB’s three-batter rule for relief pitchers? And baseball’s amusing history of strange injuries has a new entry, thanks to Oakland A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo.

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Mourning the loss of comic book artist John Paul Leon

Sad news in the comic book world Sunday night as news of artist John Paul Leon’s death circulated on social media.

The veteran illustrator was 49 years old and had struggled with cancer for several years, which delayed the full publication of his most recent project, the Batman: Creature of the Night mini-series. (The complete series was released in a collection last year and is now available in paperback.)

Leon’s editor on Creature of the Night, Chris Conroy, announced the passing on Twitter.

If asked to name my favorite comic book artists, I doubt Leon would be among the first to come to mind. I grew up loving George Perez, John Byrne, Frank Miller, John Romita Jr. Walt Simonson, and Alan Davis. (There are so many more.)

Yet I greatly admired Leon’s work as I renewed interest in comics in the late 1990s. Eventually, if I found out he was drawing something, I tried to check it out. His artwork always grabbed me from the comic shop rack. And if I saw a cover of his, I hoped he did the interior artwork as well.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: deGrom dominance, Tatis vs. Bauer, no no-hitter for Bumgarner

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom appears to be on his way to a third National League Cy Young Award, compiling an 0.31 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 29 innings in his first four starts of the 2021 season. He’s also helping himself at the plate, batting .545 with two RBI. As it turns out, some pitchers can hit.

On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss deGrom’s dominance, the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers continuing to give us MLB’s best rivalry, and Madison Bumgarner not being credited with a no-hitter despite allowing no hits in a seven-inning (shortened for a doubleheader) ballgame.

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