Two of baseball’s biggest sensations are Los Angeles Angels slugger/pitcher Shohei Ohtani and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. On WiSE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan, former NFL and college coach John Shoop, and I talked about what makes both players worth staying up late to watch.
And Major League Baseball’s biggest storyline right now is the initiative to check pitchers for sticky substances that greatly enhance their grip and ability to put spin on the ball for movement. Managers who previously looked the other way when pitchers were using sticky stuff are going to be blowing a whistle on the opposition.
A little bit of catch-up for this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, but these topics are still buzzing.
Should Major League Baseball be concerned about four no-hitters (five, unofficially) being thrown nearly six weeks into the 2021 season? Did Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa confirm the worst fears about his return to the dugout? And should the Los Angeles Angels have handled Albert Pujols’ release more respectfully?
Baseball talk is back on WISE Sports Radio after Pat Ryan’s much-deserved week off. And MLB had another COVID-19 breakout since last we spoke, this one on the St. Louis Cardinals.
We discuss the possible repercussions of the Cards’ outbreak, along with another brawl involving the Houston Astros, the investigation of Tyler Skaggs’s death, and Cleveland Indians pitcher Zack Plesac breaking the COVID-19 protocols he was touting a month ago.
The Boston Red Sox’s trade and payroll nightmare is over. Their trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, sending Mookie Betts and David Price out west in return for $60 million in payrolls relief and young talent, is finally completed. What was the hang-up in the deal and did the Red Sox get a better return for their efforts?
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we also discuss another Dodgers deal that fell through and the Houston Astros’ continuing issues with their sign-stealing scheme that apparently went higher up in the front office than MLB originally led everyone to believe.
We’ve been sports-heavy on The Podcass this week. Hey, October is packed with playoff baseball, college football and NFL, along with the beginnings of the NHL and NBA seasons. So I guess that’s reflected here.
But we break up that sports talk with a review of Will Smith’s double-take in Gemini Man (23:38). And it’s a week with two segments from WISE Sports Radio on our Friday show. First, we preview the big storylines going into Week 7 on the NFL schedule, including Jalen Ramsey getting traded to the Los Angeles Rams (04:37). Then, we close out with baseball talk, focusing on the amazing, improbable run of the Washington Nationals and the Yankees-Astros ALCS (33:59).