Baseball’s Opening Day is next Thursday, April 1 (no joke), which provides enough time to log our 2021 season predictions. This time around, I pick the National League West winner and standings, along with the NL Central division.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure either division will be competitive at the top. But second-place and wild-card races could provide some drama.
In sportswriting, no one may embody that ethos more than Dave Kindred. Sunday night’s 60 Minutes aired an outstanding feature on Kindred, a legendary sportswriter who’s worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post (where he was syndicated throughout the country), and Sporting News, and had to scratch the writing itch when he saw a story too good to ignore.
Correspondent Jon Wertheim (a tremendous sportswriter himself, largely at Sports Illustrated) caught up with Kindred, who moved back to Illinois after retiring and enjoyed watching the Morton High School girls basketball team enough that he was compelled to write about the Lady Potters regularly for the team’s website.
Well, shit. I had almost all of the recording for today’s WISE Sports Radio NFL segment edited. That is, until I tried to delete five minutes after my spot and ended up deleting the whole recording. And as far as I can tell, there’s no way to get it back. Motherfu…!
But I did save a clip of Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I talking about the reported trade market for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and the two teams now apparently competing with the Carolina Panthers to make a deal for the young star.
Broadcasting from Asheville, North Carolina, Major League Baseball’s initiative to shrink the minor leagues cut close to home with the Asheville Tourists in town. The Tourists were apparently never in danger of losing MLB affiliation, but did switch parent clubs from the Colorado Rockies to the Houston Astros. And they moved up a level from low-Single A to high-A.
Another factor in MLB wanting more control was the ability to use the minor leagues as a testing lab for the many rules changes the sport is considering. On WISE Sports Radio‘s weekly baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discussed several of the new rules we’ll see in the minors this year, some of which will surely be seen in the majors soon.