Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the undesirable task of trying to make the sport more appealing to younger audiences and a decreasing fanbase. His latest idea to make the game more interesting is a radical change to the postseason format seemingly intended to make the playoffs more TV-friendly and reality TV-like.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Manfred’s proposal, the Boston Red Sox naming a new manager, and 36-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels developing a shoulder injury.
With the end of the World Series and the Washington Nationals shocking baseball with their win, we have lots of baseball talk on the latest Podcass!
First, we cover the events leading up to Game 7 between the Nats and Houston Astros on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (01:50). Then, thoughts on 15 seasons of Nationals baseball (18:52), followed by reflection on that surprise championship with Edmonton’s TSN 1260 (31:47). Football talk closes us out as we shovel dirt on the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Mitchell Trubisky (39:14).
The World Series is going to a Game 7. There have already been too many grandiose proclamations of “Game 7” being the two greatest words in sports, especially when Wednesday night will give us the World Series’ third Game 7 in the past four years (and four in the past six seasons).
A controversial running interference call in Game 6’s seventh inning, the possibility of MLB implementing electronic strike zones, and two women getting banned for flashing Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole in Game 5 are among several topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio Wednesday:
What looked like a certain World Series championship for the Washington Nationals is now in danger of slipping away with the Houston Astros winning Games 3, 4, and 5 in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
We’re going back to Houston with the Astros holding a 3-2 series lead and the upper hand. The pressure is now on the Nationals to win Tuesday’s Game 6 and push the series to a Game 7. But has the Nats’ magic run out? And how did this series turn so dramatically? That’s what Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio Monday, along with front office changes in Pittsburgh and Boston.
The week got away from us, schedule-wise, so it’s kind of a mini-Podcass and posting a day later than intended.
We’re all sports this time around with our NFL segment from WISE Sports Radio (06:45). We discuss the possibility that this is Tom Brady’s last season, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh shooting down speculation that he’ll return to the NFL, whether or not the Carolina Panthers could trade Cam Newton, and other Week 8 storylines to watch.
More sports than expected on the latest Podcass with Canadian friends and cancellations creating more time to talk baseball in anticipation of the World Series beginning.
But we do break up the baseball talk with zombies, more specifically a review of Zombieland: Double Tap (11:31). I feel like I’ve often been a zombie during October staying up late to watch these games, then getting up early to work (and working out before that). As mentioned, we preview the World Series with Edmonton’s TSN 1260 (03:21) and Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (18:58). Then we close out with a chat on Baseball America’s report of a proposal to eliminate 42 minor league teams (28:00).
The World Series begins Tuesday night, so my regular Monday appearance on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio was a preview of the match-up between the Washington Nationals and heavily favored Houston Astros.
Last week, guest host Jordan DeVere (filling in for the vacationing Pat Ryan) asked me for an early prediction and I said the Astros would win in six games. Jordan gave me the opportunity to reconsider that pick. My rational mind says Astros, but my heart — my gut — says Nationals.