We began Monday’s baseball update on WISE Sports Radio with some football talk, reacting to Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots. Big NFL news regardless, but this story has some local flavor since Newton played the past nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Also of local concern is the Asheville Tourists since it looks like there won’t be a Minor League Baseball season. Nothing official has been announced, though Baseball America is reporting that MLB teams will allow their minor leaguers to play in independent leagues if affiliated leagues continue to be shut down.
Apologies in advance for the part about celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues being kind of choppy. My recording dropped out a couple times, probably because my computer was doing too much. But I got most of it, which was a relief because it’s an important subject to me.
Major League Baseball finally got around to punishing the Boston Red Sox for their sign-stealing shenanigans during their World Series-winning 2018 season. But their penalties are nowhere near as harsh as what the Houston Astros suffered for their cheating scandal.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, I talk with Pat Ryan and Charlie Metcalf about that, COVID-19’s effects on the minor leagues, and reports of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez making moves to buy the New York Mets. Oh, J-Lo and A-Rod owning a piece of a baseball team would be fun…
Shortly before I called into WISE Sports Radio for my regular baseball segment with Pat Ryan, news of Al Kaline’s death was being widely reported. I have far more to say on the Detroit Tigers legend and Hall of Famer than I could articulate on show. But I’m glad I did have an opportunity to express my feelings about Kaline.
We also discussed the MLB players union making sure that established major leaguers who signed minor-league contracts in spring training, hoping to catch on with a roster, were being paid during baseball’s shutdown. And a proposal for extra innings from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner that could be a lot of fun.
We talk baseball Wednesdays on WISE Sports Radio. Even though MLB games aren’t being played right now and it’s uncertain when the season will begin, there are still topics worth discussing like how minor league players and major leaguers are going to be paid during the next two months.
But one of the things that’s always been fun about The WISE Guys show is that Pat Ryan likes going off-topic into pop culture. And with many people, including me, posting lists of favorite albums and live concerts, we talked about some of my favorites, including The Replacements, Sugar, and INXS.
It was bound to happen one of these days. I had my computer ready to record my WISE Sports Radio baseball segment about 15 minutes before I was on. Then I brewed a cup of coffee, added to my notes, and the phone rang from the station. Forgot to get back to my computer to hit record! Oops.
We discussed Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale needing season-ending (if baseball season ever begins) reconstructive elbow surgery, the possibility of MLB playing more doubleheaders this season, and a new advocacy group for minor leaguers trying to get those players a better salary, along with keeping them housed and paid while the sport is on hold due to COVID-19.