We’re getting closer to spring training and the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. And the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers just brought back a key piece for their roster.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss the Dodgers re-signing Justin Turner and inking Trevor Bauer to shorter-term contracts is a trend that other MLB teams might follow, considering their recent success. Also, why did the New York Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training? Does he really have a shot at a major league career?
Henry Aaron passed away last Friday at the age of 86. (I wrote about Aaron at The Comeback.) On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we had to discuss the legacy of baseball’s all-time home run leader — from 1974 to 2007 — and what he experienced through his life.
Also among our topics: George Springer, the top free agent hitter, signs with the Toronto Blue Jays and Curt Schilling might have jeopardized his Hall of Fame chances with his politics and frequently confrontational approach.
Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away last Friday at the age of 93. Baseball misses having personalities like Lasorda in the dugout who can serve as the face of a franchise.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball spot, Pat Ryan and I talked about Lasorda’s legacy and replayed his most famous postgame rant at a reporter. We also discuss slugger Kyle Schwarber signing with the Washington Nationals and why the Chicago Cubs let him go. And a lawsuit accuses several MLB pitchers of doctoring baseballs with foreign substances.
With the White House and CDC extending social distancing restrictions on gatherings of 50 people or more to April 30, a Major League Baseball season can’t begin until June at the earliest.
A shortened season is a near-certainty, which left MLB and the players’ union to work out many logistics in terms what players will be paid and the conditions games would be played under. On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I went over the big points of the new agreement.
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?