Only a couple weeks remain in the 2021 Major League Baseball season and there are some close playoff races to follow. But one team that’s been very good hasn’t gotten much attention outside of diehard baseball followers: The Milwaukee Brewers, with a 91-58 record and 11.5-game lead in the NL Central.
We finally give the Brewers their due on our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Interesting that Milwaukee’s been successful without a guy who was their best player for years, Ryan Braun. We also talk about the once-promising, now-imploding San Diego Padres and whether Shohei Ohtani or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should win the American League Most Valuable Player award.
As typically happens in early September, the NFL and college football attracted most of the headlines (and viewing audiences, I presume). But plenty was happening in Major League Baseball too.
For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I chatted about the Yankees-Mets Subway Series rivalry escalating, Trevor Bauer’s 2021 season ending, the Padres’ postseason chances fading, and Max Scherzer’s greatness ascending.
Buying a ticket to a baseball game gives you the right to express displeasure with the home team if you feel they’re not giving a suitable effort or playing badly. Maybe that reaction isn’t always fair, but it’s part of being a fan. And it’s also part of being a professional athlete.
For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discussed Javier Baez and other New York Mets players giving a thumbs-down to fans for how they’ve reacted to the team’s poor performance recently. It’s a gesture that team management definitely didn’t support.
Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is Friday (July 30) and the San Diego Padres got a jump on their competition (namely the Los Angeles Dodgers) by acquiring All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discussed the Padres’ being aggressive, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer being a popular trade target, Tony La Russa’s success leading the Chicago White Sox, and the Cleveland Indians changing their name to Guardians.
Once again, I messed up the recording of our full WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Sometime during those 15 minutes or so, I must have hit a button that made the recording stop. I might need to bring in an intern to do this.
But I did manage to salvage a clip of my conversation with Pat Ryan regarding Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and some very serious assault allegations against him. Reading the reports of the temporary restraining order filed against Bauer, it’s difficult to imagine him pitching again this season.