WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Padres making moves, big prize Scherzer, the Cleveland Guardians

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.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Shohei and Alonso donate, Mets injuries, Boone’s hotseat

Due to some technical difficulties and general jackassery from the guy at the keyboard, it’s been a while since we’ve posted a baseball segment from WISE Sports Radio. But we’re back! Unfortunately, I had a bad connection at times, which could either be attributed to storms in the area or sitting in a bad place for Wi-Fi coverage.

We covered a few stories that were more baseball-adjacent, like the shooting outside Nationals Park in D.C and a Yankees fan throwing a ball at a Red Sox player. But two major injuries for the New York Mets and the job status of Yankees manager Aaron Boone were also part of the conversation.

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Nationals fan gets through automated phone menu, ends up talking to manager Dave Martinez

Jesse Dougherty wrote a fantastic story in the Washington Post that is either a testament to perseverance or encouragement to keep trying to get a human on the line when navigating a phone menu.

As the report explains, a woman wanted to find out if a May 26 game between the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals was being suspended due to rain. Michele Crowl called Nationals Park on behalf of her husband and son, who were at the ballgame waiting out a rain delay and wondering if they should hit the road for a long drive back to Delaware.

She couldn’t get ahold of anyone at the ticket office, compelling her to try a reply that would get her past the automated menu and in touch with an actual person.

From the Post:

“General management office,” Crowl requested, and she had no expectations until a man answered, more than a few hints of surprise in his voice.

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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 MLB segment: Jan. 11, 2021

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away last Friday at the age of 93. Baseball misses having personalities like Lasorda in the dugout who can serve as the face of a franchise.

On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball spot, Pat Ryan and I talked about Lasorda’s legacy and replayed his most famous postgame rant at a reporter. We also discuss slugger Kyle Schwarber signing with the Washington Nationals and why the Chicago Cubs let him go. And a lawsuit accuses several MLB pitchers of doctoring baseballs with foreign substances.

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