If the Astros and baseball commissioner Rob Manfred thought Houston’s sign-stealing scandal would go away once the team was penalized, neither side can be happy that the story is being kept alive by fans, media, and MLB players.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I look at how badly Manfred continues to handle the situation as outrage over the lack of punishment for Astros players gets noisier.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the undesirable task of trying to make the sport more appealing to younger audiences and a decreasing fanbase. His latest idea to make the game more interesting is a radical change to the postseason format seemingly intended to make the playoffs more TV-friendly and reality TV-like.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Manfred’s proposal, the Boston Red Sox naming a new manager, and 36-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels developing a shoulder injury.
The Boston Red Sox’s trade and payroll nightmare is over. Their trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, sending Mookie Betts and David Price out west in return for $60 million in payrolls relief and young talent, is finally completed. What was the hang-up in the deal and did the Red Sox get a better return for their efforts?
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we also discuss another Dodgers deal that fell through and the Houston Astros’ continuing issues with their sign-stealing scheme that apparently went higher up in the front office than MLB originally led everyone to believe.
On the football side, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I discuss the Cleveland Browns calling Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr. into the principal’s office, Tom Brady’s possible new contract with the New England Patriots, and the Antonio Brown Apology Tour.
What a difference two years makes. In 2018, the Boston Red Sox were the best team in Major League Baseball, won the World Series, and Mookie Betts was the American League’s Most Valuable Player.
Going into the 2020 season, Boston has lost manager Alex Cora after his involvement in sign-stealing schemes with the 2017 Houston Astros and 2018 Red Sox and traded superstar Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. We talk about that along with another trade between the Dodgers and Angels, the Astros’ new general manager, and Pete Rose making his case on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment.
Is it now officially baseball season with the Super Bowl meaning the end of the NFL season? Players report to Spring Training in a couple of weeks so yes, it’s just about that time.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss the rumors of Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts possibly getting traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also, Colorado Rockies (and former Asheville Tourists) shortstop Trevor Story just received a generous new contract. And I get to express my admiration for the newly retired Curtis Granderson.