If Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was hoping that the sport would move on after he penalized the Houston Astros organization for their sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season, he underestimated baseball fans’ need for justice.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss an ESPN survey in which a majority of fans want to see Astros players penalized, MLB players speaking out against the sign-stealing scandal, and the continuing pursuit of incriminating videos and photos on #BaseballTwitter.
Tuesday night was full of big sports news with the Boston Red Sox reaching a “mutual agreement” with manager Alex Cora to step aside in light of his involvement with the Houston Astros and Red Sox sign-stealing scandals.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Cora’s “mutual parting” with the Red Sox in addition to the surprise announcement from Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Keuchly that he was retiring from the NFL after eight seasons.
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.
With the NFL playoffs underway, baseball is off the stage with offseason news — especially when the top free agents have signed now. But there are still some transactions going on while baseball gears up for its next wave of activity, probably around February before teams prepare for spring training.
That’s what we covered on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. I really like what the Washington Nationals are doing, building depth instead of throwing big money at stars (other than keeping Stephen Strasburg). Pat Ryan and I also covered Yoenis Cespedes encountering a wild boar, and two shows that Pat’s been binging on Netflix.
Is this really my last radio hit for 2019? I wish I’d been more aware of that while recording, though I did make sure to wish Pat Ryan and the WISE Guys crew a Happy New Year.
Catching up on some baseball news after Christmas week, Pat and I cover former Asheville Tourists star Corey Dickerson signing with the Miami Marlins, and the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox taking big steps toward building playoff contenders for 2020. Oh, and some Star Wars!
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.
Unlike last year, MLB’s offseason is humming along in 2019. Maybe most of the big names will have been signed or traded before Christmas!
Anyway, the teams who didn’t want to pay for Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg got less expensive aces for their starting rotation as Madison Bumgarner signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers traded for Corey Kluber.
Also on Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I talk about MLB taking marijuana off its list of banned drugs.