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.
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?
What looked like a certain World Series championship for the Washington Nationals is now in danger of slipping away with the Houston Astros winning Games 3, 4, and 5 in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
We’re going back to Houston with the Astros holding a 3-2 series lead and the upper hand. The pressure is now on the Nationals to win Tuesday’s Game 6 and push the series to a Game 7. But has the Nats’ magic run out? And how did this series turn so dramatically? That’s what Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio Monday, along with front office changes in Pittsburgh and Boston.
Folks, we might be back on schedule. (Well, almost. I’d like The Podcass to post on Tuesdays and Fridays. We’re almost there.)
We break out of “podfade,” recapping our summer absence (3:31), the shutdown of the Amusement Park Podcast (6:55), and a brief fling with an NFL writing gig (15:25). Also, my radio baseball segment (21:00), catching up on what we would’ve talked about over the past four months (30:32), and a handful of sad goodbyes (32:40). Thank you for listening! Please subscribe to The Podcass on Apple Podcasts!
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