WISE Sports Radio Baseball: Aaron Judge contract, Nats-Mets tensions, Rachel Balkovec history

The 2022 Major League Baseball season is off to a fun start with superstars like American League Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani picking up where last season finished, new sensations including Hunter Greene, Bobby Witt Jr., and Steven Kwan debuting, and favorites like the White Sox, Astros, and Mets already flexing their muscles.

For WISE Sports Radio‘s weekly baseball segment, we talk about Aaron Judge turning down a huge contract extension with the New York Yankees, a developing feud between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, and a historic debut for Rachel Balkovec in Tampa Friday night.

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Baseball on Apple TV+ and Peacock: New audience or cash-grab?

It’s always fun when Jim Irizarry fills in on 960 AM WSBT Sports Radio‘s “Weekday Sportsbeat” in South Bend because that means I might get to do some radio with him. (An early-morning wake-up might not be so fun for Jim…)

That was the case on Thursday morning with the 2022 Major League Baseball season set to begin a few hours later. But rather than talk about the season at hand (Go Tigers! Go Mets!), Jim combined peanut butter with chocolate to discuss MLB’s new streaming TV deals with Apple TV+ and Peacock. Is this baseball embracing the future or making it more difficult for fans to find the product?

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WISE Sports Radio Baseball: Mets’ arm issues, Kimbrel-Pollock trade, Justin Upton

The 2022 Major League Baseball season once looked like it may never happen. But Opening Day is Thursday, which makes Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment the last one before games begin to count.

The rush to prepare for the season after the owners’ lockout will probably result in some injuries. The New York Mets might be the highest-profile example of that with injuries to ace pitchers Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer. Also, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox make the sort of one-for-one trade not often seen anymore. And the Los Angeles Angels cut Justin Upton loose despite owing him $28 million this season.

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WISE Sports Radio talk: Baseball still locked out, no Joe West fans, Matthew Stafford wins Super Bowl

Major League Baseball team owners and players still seem to have no urgency toward reaching a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the 2022 season to start. That leads our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Does anyone think MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is doing a good job here?

Also, Andre Dawson and Ferguson Jenkins were among the players who did not like retiring umpire Joe West. Tragic news for former major-leaguer Jeremy Giambi. And how does a Detroit Lions fan feel about Matthew Stafford winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams?

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WISE Sports Radio talk: MLB lockout update, robot umpires, Matthew Stafford breakout

After a one-week break to focus on my new job, I’m back on WISE Sports Radio for some baseball talk (with a little bit of football mixed in).

Baseball team owners and players are back at the negotiating table. Will this end Major League Baseball’s lockout in time for Spring Training? Robot umpires — or an automated strike zone — will be used this coming season in Triple-A. Will we see this in MLB? And as a Detroit Lions fan, is it bittersweet to see Matthew Stafford one game away from the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams?

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