The Houston Astros seem to be sinking deeper and deeper into their sign-stealing scandal. How far up did this go in 2017? Well, reports have the team’s special assistant to the general manager directing scouts to film signals from the opposing dugout. The exec in question also happens to be a former baseball writer, something I covered for Awful Announcing.
Also on WISE Sports Radio‘s Monday baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discussed the future of the Washington Nationals and a very nice payday they’ll be getting, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates hiring a new general manager.
If it’s true that you ain’t tryin’ if you ain’t cheatin’, the Houston Astros have apparently been trying very hard as they’ve become one of the best teams in baseball. According to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, there was a whole lot of trying, in terms of stealing signs from the opposition, in 2017 when Houston won the World Series.
That’s just one of the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. We also talk about the Manager of the Year award winners and look ahead to the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player announcements.
[Note: There was a glitch in the recording around the 13:10 mark, some kind of hiccup with my internet connection. Sorry about that.]
It’s baseball and football on this edition of The Podcass, courtesy of our appearances on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio.
First, a look at some early storylines like top free agents and Hall of Fame balloting as MLB slides into the offseason (02:50). Then it’s on to the NFL and Week 10 headlines, most of which concerned off-the-field news like quarterbacks and franchises possibly moving (20:57).
The WISE Guys were off on Monday, so Wednesday’s baseball segment was a bit longer than usual. That worked out just fine, since there’s already plenty to talk about with MLB’s offseason under way.
Among the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio were the New York Yankees apparently moving on from shortstop Didi Gregorius, the top free agents available this offseason, the Atlanta Braves bringing back outfielder Nick Markakis and buying out pitcher Julio Teheran, and the Modern Era Ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker is among the nine players selected and, yes, I had some thoughts on that.
With the end of the World Series and the Washington Nationals shocking baseball with their win, we have lots of baseball talk on the latest Podcass!
First, we cover the events leading up to Game 7 between the Nats and Houston Astros on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (01:50). Then, thoughts on 15 seasons of Nationals baseball (18:52), followed by reflection on that surprise championship with Edmonton’s TSN 1260 (31:47). Football talk closes us out as we shovel dirt on the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Mitchell Trubisky (39:14).
It was a pleasant, unexpected surprise to hear from our friends at TSN 1260 in Edmonton following the conclusion of the 2019 World Series. Matthew Iwanyk asked if I had some time to chat with Dave Jamieson, and we always have a good time talking baseball a few times during the season.
So I’m glad we could wrap up the 2019 campaign by reflecting on the Washington Nationals’ surprise World Series win, how this team will be remembered historically, and whether or not other MLB teams will try to emulate the Nats’ model for success.
What looked like a certain World Series championship for the Washington Nationals is now in danger of slipping away with the Houston Astros winning Games 3, 4, and 5 in Washington D.C. over the weekend.
We’re going back to Houston with the Astros holding a 3-2 series lead and the upper hand. The pressure is now on the Nationals to win Tuesday’s Game 6 and push the series to a Game 7. But has the Nats’ magic run out? And how did this series turn so dramatically? That’s what Pat Ryan and I discussed on WISE Sports Radio Monday, along with front office changes in Pittsburgh and Boston.