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.
So on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan, Charlie Metcalf, and I look at which teams will be active in pursuing free agents, who really needs to make an impact signing, and some of the big names rumored to be traded this offseason.
Parents, raise your kids to play baseball — and play it well. There’s a whole lot of money being thrown around out there. The New York Yankees are trying to avoid paying Jacoby Ellsbury the $27 million they owe him for 2020, while the Seattle Mariners just agreed to pay $24 million to a 23-year-old prospect who hasn’t yet played above the Double-A minor league level.
Pat Ryan and I discuss that and more on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, including the Chicago White Sox making a push toward contending next season and the Atlanta Braves’ wasting no time in making additions for 2020.
Baseball’s offseason essentially begins today, with free agents now allowed to negotiate with any team and the General Manager Meetings beginning in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Among the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio: Why is the MLB Players Union mad at Atlanta Braves’ GM Alex Anthopoulos? Is Nolan Ryan angry with the Houston Astros? The San Francisco Giants have a new GM. And what are some big trade rumors to watch this offseason?
The WISE Guys were off on Monday, so Wednesday’s baseball segment was a bit longer than usual. That worked out just fine, since there’s already plenty to talk about with MLB’s offseason under way.
Among the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio were the New York Yankees apparently moving on from shortstop Didi Gregorius, the top free agents available this offseason, the Atlanta Braves bringing back outfielder Nick Markakis and buying out pitcher Julio Teheran, and the Modern Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker is among the nine players selected and, yes, I had some thoughts on that.
First, grievances fuel motivation at the gym (01:29). From WISE Sports Radio, we cover the playoff collapses of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Philadelphia Phillies firing manager Gabe Kapler. On the football side, we dig into the disastrous Washington Redskins and their dismissal of coach Jay Gruden, along with other NFL Week 6 storylines (07:33). And finally some TV talk on Fox’s Prodigal Son and ABC’s Emergence (31:32).
With Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio now streaming its programming online, people can now hear my weekly segments on The WISE Guys show. I appear three times per week with Pat Ryan on the air, twice for Major League Baseball news, and now once on NFL news and storylines.
The stream also gives me an opportunity to record the audio from those spots and post them online. I’ve gotten the green light from the station to share those segments with my friends, followers, and readers, which I’m really excited about.
Here is Thursday’s segment, in which we covered both baseball and football because of the two decisive National League Divisional Series Game 5s and the news of the Philadelphia Phillies firing manager Gabe Kapler. On the football side, Pat and I discussed the Washington Redskins firing head coach Jay Gruden, other NFL coaches whose jobs are in danger, and storylines to watch in Week 6.