Henry Aaron passed away last Friday at the age of 86. (I wrote about Aaron at The Comeback.) On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we had to discuss the legacy of baseball’s all-time home run leader — from 1974 to 2007 — and what he experienced through his life.
Also among our topics: George Springer, the top free agent hitter, signs with the Toronto Blue Jays and Curt Schilling might have jeopardized his Hall of Fame chances with his politics and frequently confrontational approach.
With The WISE Guys taking Wednesday off, I didn’t do my usual baseball segment on WISE Sports Radio. But with the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its 2020 class, we had to talk about Derek Jeter and Larry Walker being inducted (along with who might get to Cooperstown next year).
But we usually talk football on Thursdays, so Pat Ryan, Mike Gore and I discussed Eli Manning’s retirement (which led to some Pro Football Hall of Fame talk), the continuing downward spiral of Antonio Brown, and what improvements the Green Bay Packers need to make.
Shortly before our Monday baseball segment on WISE Sports Radio, Stephen Strasburg re-signing with the Washington Nationals hit the news machine. It’s an encouraging start to baseball’s winter meetings, which has traditionally been where big offseason news occurs but has been disappointingly quiet the past couple of years.
Pat Ryan and I also discussed the Modern Era Committee’s inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller. Not as flashy or controversial as last year, when Harold Baines was voted in. Miller, in particular, has been long deserving for his role in forever changing baseball’s economics.
Now that we’re into baseball’s offseason, a story that should be getting a lot more attention is getting noticed.
A month ago, Baseball America reported that Major League Baseball was considering a proposal to eliminate 42 teams from its minor leagues, presumably based on geography, attendance, and the condition of its facilities. The New York Times followed up with both reaction from some of the clubs that could be affected and, most importantly, a list of the teams that could have their major league affiliation taken away.
That took up a big chunk of my WISE Sports Radio baseball segment with Pat Ryan. We also discussed MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressing the sign-stealing allegations against the Houston Astros and look at the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot.
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.