Despite Major League Baseball being in a lockout, there’s just enough news for our regular WISE Sports Radio segment. That includes an update on the lockout itself, along with Buck Showalter returning to New York to manage the Mets and longtime executive Roland Hemond passing away.
Well, maybe there’s not enough baseball news for a full segment since we also talk about the Detroit Lions winning their second game of the season and Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will probably dominate the box office for weeks to come.
Mondays typically mean baseball talk for me on WISE Sports Radio. But with Michigan’s huge win over Ohio State on Saturday, Pat Ryan wanted to get my Wolverines fan feelings on Jim Harbaugh finally beating the Buckeyes on his sixth try, 42-27.
But baseball teams are throwing some big money at free agent talent, looking to beat the Dec. 2 deadline when team owners will lock out the players and bring the offseason to a freeze. Max Scherzer drew the top headlines by signing with the New York Mets. But plenty of other free agents, including infielder Marcus Semien, pitchers Robbie Ray and Kevin Gausman, signed multi-million contracts shortly before we went on the air.
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.
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies could be giving us another good baseball rivalry. On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss this past weekend’s series where tensions heated up between the two clubs.
Also, how is Phillies slugger Bryce Harper after taking a pitch to the face? How absurd is MLB’s three-batter rule for relief pitchers? And baseball’s amusing history of strange injuries has a new entry, thanks to Oakland A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo.