With just over a week until the 2020 Major League Baseball season begins, the Atlanta Braves made a surprise move in signing outfielder Yasiel Puig. The young slugger’s behavior has made him a difficult fit in the past, but his bat and defense certainly make the Braves better.
On WISE Sports Radio‘s baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I looked at the pros and cons of the Puig signing, recapped injuries to key players during Summer Camp, highlighted potential surprise contenders, shared our favorite All-Star Game moments, and recommended some sports documentaries:
Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson stepped into it this week when he posted some anti-Semitic quotes on social media. He says he didn’t realize how those were interpreted and vowed to take steps to educate himself and work with the Jewish community in Philadelphia.
For WISE Sports Radio‘s NFL segment, Pat Ryan and I discussed whether the Eagles should release Jackson or if he should be taken at his word. We also talked about the massive contract Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed and continuing efforts to get the Washington Redskins to change their team name.
Major League Baseball is preparing to play its 2020 season now that players and team owners reached an agreement on salaries and schedule. But COVID-19 always put a season in doubt and problems with testing could be the reason no baseball is played.
Some players have tested positive and others have opted not to play this season. The game’s top star, Mike Trout, is considering a similar decision. That’s the main topic on my WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, along with the Cleveland Indians saying they’ll consider changing their name.
Minor League Baseball confirmed what seemed inevitable for months: There won’t be a 2020 season, which affects hundreds of teams and ballparks throughout the United States. But there’s no way for those teams to make money without fans coming to games.
On our baseball segment for WISE Sports Radio, Pat Ryan and I talked about that, the effect canceling the season will have on our Asheville Tourists, and an uncertain future for many teams that may not be able to survive this shutdown.
Also, what will be different for the 2020 Major League Baseball season? How will the schedule work? What rules will be changed? What motivated the Colorado Rockies’ Ian Desmond to sit out this season? And why is July 1 a happy day each year for Bobby Bonilla?
On WISE Sports Radio‘s NFL segment, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I discussed whether or not a contact sport in which distancing seems impossible can be played right now. Also, Jamal Adams wants the New York Jets to trade him. The Washington Redskins are feeling more pressure to change their name. And the Detroit Lions’ new boss is same as the old boss.