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.
Major League Baseball umpires will begin checking pitchers more closely for using foreign substances like pine tar, Spider Tack, and Pelican Glue. For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss why MLB is suddenly cracking down on pitchers getting more grip.
Also, Arizona Diamondbacks TV analyst Bob Brenly has a reputation for criticizing players of color. The D-Backs have the worst record in MLB, which will probably result in players being traded. And Tony La Russa has the second-most all-time wins among baseball managers. Is he truly among the sport’s best?
Two months into the 2021 Major League Baseball season, one of the big surprises is the San Francisco Giants. Can they maintain their success through the rest of the year?
On WISE Sports Radio with Pat Ryan and Chris Smith, we also discussed Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa living up (down?) to the expectation of him being an out-of-touch curmudgeon, familiar faces on the USA Baseball roster, and the Tampa Bay Rays continuing to defy expectations despite a much lower payroll than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
Before the 2021 Major League Baseball season began, Clint Domingue asked me to be on his 103.7 The Game radio show. But my phone wasn’t cooperating and I couldn’t call in. So I wasn’t sure we’d talk again until maybe the All-Star break or the postseason.
Fortunately, Clint wanted to talk this weekend and there were plenty of topics to discuss, including Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa acting like a curmudgeon, the surprising number of no-hitters being thrown, and the surge of the Houston Astros (the local MLB team for the Acadiana region).
As I said when appearing on Clint’s show last year, It’s been fun to watch him establish himself on the radio with his own show and a pro wrestling podcast. He works hard and has a great radio voice so I hope he continues to trend upward with his radio career. I’m grateful he invited me on his show.
A little bit of catch-up for this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, but these topics are still buzzing.
Should Major League Baseball be concerned about four no-hitters (five, unofficially) being thrown nearly six weeks into the 2021 season? Did Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa confirm the worst fears about his return to the dugout? And should the Los Angeles Angels have handled Albert Pujols’ release more respectfully?