WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Gentlemen’s agreement, Fernando Tatis Jr., Shohei Ohtani

Two of baseball’s biggest sensations are Los Angeles Angels slugger/pitcher Shohei Ohtani and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. On WiSE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan, former NFL and college coach John Shoop, and I talked about what makes both players worth staying up late to watch.

And Major League Baseball’s biggest storyline right now is the initiative to check pitchers for sticky substances that greatly enhance their grip and ability to put spin on the ball for movement. Managers who previously looked the other way when pitchers were using sticky stuff are going to be blowing a whistle on the opposition.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Dodgers-Padres rivalry, Ronald Acuna and Stephen Strasburg injured

During the past year, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have formed the best rivalry in Major League Baseball. The two teams competed for the National League West division title and faced each other in the postseason, followed by the Padres bolstering their roster to catch up to the reigning World Series champions.

For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss this past weekend’s Dodgers-Padres series, injuries to the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg, and a COVID outbreak among the Minnesota Twins.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Phillies-Braves call, Joe Musgrove’s no-hitter, Victor Caratini catching history

This past weekend was an exciting one in Major League Baseball with a no-hitter being thrown by the San Diego Padres’ Joe Musgrove and a controversial play at home plate involving the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves with first place in the National League East on the line.

In addition to what’s going in MLB, Pat Ryan, Charlie Metcalf and I also take a turn into football for our WISE Sports Radio segment to discuss Phillip Adams, a former NFL player who shot and killed five people in South Carolina last week. Metcalf actually coached Adams as a high-schooler.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: NL West and NL Central predictions, Braves keep a Panda

Baseball’s Opening Day is next Thursday, April 1 (no joke), which provides enough time to log our 2021 season predictions. This time around, I pick the National League West winner and standings, along with the NL Central division.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure either division will be competitive at the top. But second-place and wild-card races could provide some drama.

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WISE Sports Radio Fernando Tatis Jr. clip: Feb. 18, 2021

Thursdays on WISE Sports Radio, I usually talk football with Pat Ryan and Mike Gore. But with Fernando Tatis Jr. signing a 14-year, $340 million mega-deal with the San Diego Padres and Tim Tebow announcing his retirement from minor league baseball, we mixed in some MLB news with our NFL talk.

Unfortunately, I screwed up with the recording of the segment. Actually, I recorded everything just fine and was in the process of editing it to post here. But my computer was also waiting for me to restart for an update and I must have hit a button that gave it the go-ahead. And I hadn’t saved the audio file for Thursday’s radio segment. All flushed away.

But before that, I did save a clip of us talking about Tatis’s contract to post on social media. So that’s what will go here today.

You can listen to The WISE Guys from 3 to 6 p.m. ET streaming on wisesportsradio.com or the TuneIn app. Locally in the Asheville area, dial up 1310 or 970 AM and 102.9 FM.

Thanks to Mars Hill University for sponsoring WISE’s streaming broadcast and the NFL segment is presented by D.C. Creasman Jewelers.