The biggest story in baseball — maybe in all of sports — this weekend was the on-field uproar caused by the New York Yankees’ Josh Donaldson calling Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson “Jackie.” Anderson interpreted the reference to Jackie Robinson as a racist remark, while Donaldson insisted it was an inside joke between the two.
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss the fallout of that incident and whether Donaldson faces punishment from Major League Baseball. Our other topics include Max Scherzer’s injury and how it affects the New York Mets, “Red Sox legend” Jonny Gomes, and Albert Pujols’s chances at reaching 700 home runs.
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.
With the NFL playoffs underway, baseball is off the stage with offseason news — especially when the top free agents have signed now. But there are still some transactions going on while baseball gears up for its next wave of activity, probably around February before teams prepare for spring training.
That’s what we covered on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. I really like what the Washington Nationals are doing, building depth instead of throwing big money at stars (other than keeping Stephen Strasburg). Pat Ryan and I also covered Yoenis Cespedes encountering a wild boar, and two shows that Pat’s been binging on Netflix.
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.