As typically happens in early September, the NFL and college football attracted most of the headlines (and viewing audiences, I presume). But plenty was happening in Major League Baseball too.
For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I chatted about the Yankees-Mets Subway Series rivalry escalating, Trevor Bauer’s 2021 season ending, the Padres’ postseason chances fading, and Max Scherzer’s greatness ascending.
Going into the 2020 baseball season, the New York Yankees looked like the best team in the American League, maybe the best in MLB. But the Yanks are currently third in the AL East with a 21-21 record and barely hold the league’s final playoff spot.
On WISE Sports Radio‘s baseball segment, we discussed the Yankees’ struggles, the death of Hall of Famer Lou Brock, Asheville’s Cameron Maybin, and the disappointing Cincinnati Reds.
After a two-week break from posting radio clips here (due to a combination of writing workload, general August malaise, and giving myself a breather), we are back!
On WISE Sports Radio‘s baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discussed the formidable Chicago White Sox and what made me circle them as a playoff team before the season. Then we highlighted the most surprising and most disappointing teams of the MLB season thus far:
We had to begin Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment with some talk about Kobe Bryant’s stunning death. There was a baseball connection as one of the eight passengers who was also killed in that helicopter crash was legendary Orange County College coach John Altobelli, along with his wife and daughter, who was a basketball teammate of Bryant’s daughter, Gianna.
After that, Pat Ryan and I discussed the Cincinnati Reds’ surprising plunge into free agency, signing Nicholas Castellanos to go with Mike Moustakas, Wade Miley, and Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama. With last season’s additions of Sonny Gray, Trevor Bauer, and Freddy Galvis, are the Reds a contender in the NL Central?