Our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment had a fresh voice this week with newly retired Western Carolina baseball coach Bobby Moranda co-hosting with Pat Ryan. I tried very hard to make sure I didn’t say anything that could be easily dismissed by someone who’s coached athletes that have actually played Major League Baseball.
We had a lot of fun discussing Max Scherzer’s latest injury, the struggling Los Angeles Angels, Miguel Andujar asking the New York Yankees to trade him, division leaders that could face a challenge, and the Texas Rangers calling up outfielder Steele Walker.
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.
It takes a special team to lose a game despite allowing no hits by the opposition. That’s what the Cincinnati Reds did on Sunday, and they’re on pace to be especially bad among teams in the history of Major League Baseball.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball spot, we discuss that along with Max Scherzer having no use for ceremonial first pitches, Trevor Bauer fighting his two-season suspension, the Boston Red Sox playing far below expectations, and Brett Gardner only wanting to play for the New York Yankees.
The 2022 Major League Baseball season once looked like it may never happen. But Opening Day is Thursday, which makes Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment the last one before games begin to count.
The rush to prepare for the season after the owners’ lockout will probably result in some injuries. The New York Mets might be the highest-profile example of that with injuries to ace pitchers Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Also, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox make the sort of one-for-one trade not often seen anymore. And the Los Angeles Angels cut Justin Upton loose despite owing him $28 million this season.
Mondays typically mean baseball talk for me on WISE Sports Radio. But with Michigan’s huge win over Ohio State on Saturday, Pat Ryan wanted to get my Wolverines fan feelings on Jim Harbaugh finally beating the Buckeyes on his sixth try, 42-27.
But baseball teams are throwing some big money at free agent talent, looking to beat the Dec. 2 deadline when team owners will lock out the players and bring the offseason to a freeze. Max Scherzer drew the top headlines by signing with the New York Mets. But plenty of other free agents, including infielder Marcus Semien, pitchers Robbie Ray and Kevin Gausman, signed multi-million contracts shortly before we went on the air.