Unlike last week, I recorded my WISE Sports Radio baseball segment! And this time, I almost got all of it. Not sure if I bumped the keyboard or hit the desk, but for whatever reason, the recording stopped toward the end. So there’s a sad trombone for a punctuation mark.
We got just about everything in, though. Will any of the new additions to the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot be voted in? Noah Syndergaard signs with the Los Angeles Angels. Justin Verlander returns to the Houston Astros. And who are the top free agents available this offseason?
Tuesday night was full of big sports news with the Boston Red Sox reaching a “mutual agreement” with manager Alex Cora to step aside in light of his involvement with the Houston Astros and Red Sox sign-stealing scandals.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Cora’s “mutual parting” with the Red Sox in addition to the surprise announcement from Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Keuchly that he was retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.
Sometimes, breaking news makes you toss previous plans in the trash. That happened for Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment when Major League Baseball announced that Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were being suspended for one year due to their complicity in the team’s sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season.
Anything else Pat Ryan and I planned to discuss was nixed, maybe shelved for Wednesday’s spot. I had some trouble recording for the first couple of minutes, so this clip picks up after Pat has already introduced the story. But we dive in from there.
Major League Baseball had an exciting postseason with the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros going to seven games in the World Series. The offseason created some much-needed sizzle with top free agents like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon signing big contracts before Christmas, rather than dragging the process out until February or March.
But as Pat Ryan and I talked about Wednesday on WISE Sports Radio, the biggest baseball offseason story will probably be what MLB does to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox for their elaborate sign-stealing schemes involving cameras and dugout signals. The Astros won the World Series in 2017, the Red Sox in 2018, and both teams had Alex Cora on their coaching staffs.