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.
Once again, I messed up the recording of our full WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Sometime during those 15 minutes or so, I must have hit a button that made the recording stop. I might need to bring in an intern to do this.
But I did manage to salvage a clip of my conversation with Pat Ryan regarding Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer and some very serious assault allegations against him. Reading the reports of the temporary restraining order filed against Bauer, it’s difficult to imagine him pitching again this season.
We’re getting closer to spring training and the start of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. And the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers just brought back a key piece for their roster.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we discuss the Dodgers re-signing Justin Turner and inking Trevor Bauer to shorter-term contracts is a trend that other MLB teams might follow, considering their recent success. Also, why did the New York Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training? Does he really have a shot at a major league career?
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the undesirable task of trying to make the sport more appealing to younger audiences and a decreasing fanbase. His latest idea to make the game more interesting is a radical change to the postseason format seemingly intended to make the playoffs more TV-friendly and reality TV-like.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Manfred’s proposal, the Boston Red Sox naming a new manager, and 36-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels developing a shoulder injury.