Two big trades happened in sports over the weekend, both of which we discussed on my WISE Sports Radio segment. Mondays are usually baseball talk, but we began by talking about the Detroit Lions trading quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams and how I feel about it as a long-suffering Lions fan.
Then, Nolan Arenado escaped baseball prison with the Colorado Rockies dealing their star third baseman to the St. Louis Cardinals. Considering the small return, it’s clear that the Rockies just wanted to dump the nearly $200 million that Arenado will be owed over the next six years.
On the football side, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I discuss the Cleveland Browns calling Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr. into the principal’s office, Tom Brady’s possible new contract with the New England Patriots, and the Antonio Brown Apology Tour.
Nolan Arenado is mad, bro. The Colorado Rockies’ best player thinks the general manager has treated him with “disrespect” and it’s increasingly looking like this situation isn’t going to end amicably.
For Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I recapped how Arenado and the Rockies got here. Also, will MLB umpires be mic’d up like NFL referees this season? Is Ryan Braun retiring after this season? Why does it matter that Kris Bryant lost his grievance with the Chicago Cubs? And the new manager of the Houston Astros is… Dusty Baker?
Major League Baseball had an exciting postseason with the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros going to seven games in the World Series. The offseason created some much-needed sizzle with top free agents like Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, and Anthony Rendon signing big contracts before Christmas, rather than dragging the process out until February or March.
But as Pat Ryan and I talked about Wednesday on WISE Sports Radio, the biggest baseball offseason story will probably be what MLB does to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox for their elaborate sign-stealing schemes involving cameras and dugout signals. The Astros won the World Series in 2017, the Red Sox in 2018, and both teams had Alex Cora on their coaching staffs.
For Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I focused largely on Major League Baseball’s new rule that mandates pitchers must face at least three batters (or pitch to the end of an inning) when they’re brought into a game.
How that could affect game strategy and roster construction were part of our conversation, in addition to trades that could still be made, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona getting back some treasured keepsakes, and the Detroit Tigers finally deciding to retire Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 jersey next year.