After a week off while Pat Ryan was on vacation, during which we missed the 2022 World Series, our weekly WISE Sports Radio chat covers the Houston Astros winning the World Series!
How did the Astros take over the series after the Phillies took a two-games-to-one lead? Could Philadelphia make another run next season? Houston almost certainly will. And maybe they’ll be managed again by Dusty Baker, the oldest manager to win a World Series at 73 years old.
It’s the final week of the 2022 Major League Baseball regular season and the Atlanta Braves all but clinched the National League East division, overtaking the New York Mets with a three-game sweep at Truist Park over the weekend.
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss the Braves’ chances at repeating as World Series champions, Aaron Judge’s continuing pursuit of 62 home runs with four games remaining, Shohei Ohtani’s big payday, and local (Sylva, North Carolina) product Cal Raleigh clinching a playoff spot for the Seattle Mariners with a home run Friday night.
Topics on this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment include a 1952 Mickey Mantle card going for $12.6 million, Justin Verlander’s calf injury, Ichiro being honored by the Seattle Mariners, a surprise number retirement for Willie Mays, and Paul Goldschmidt’s MVP-caliber season for the St. Louis Cardinals.
We also discuss the Major League Baseball Players Association giving minor-league players the opportunity to join their union, a benefit that is long overdue for a labor force that is woefully underpaid.
After getting arrested for the second time in approximately 15 months, the Atlanta Braves have a Marcell Ozuna problem. With DUI charges following a domestic violence arrest, would the Braves prefer to move on from Ozuna? Probably, but Atlanta might also need him, as much as that might pain the team.
On our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, we also chat about reliever Josh Hader’s struggles with the San Diego Padres, Noah Syndergaard apparently avoiding his former New York Mets teammates, and whether or not Paul O’Neill truly deserved to have his No. 21 retired by the New York Yankees.
We’re back on WISE Sports Radio after a break that went longer than planned, due to a vacation that was unfortunately eventful for host Pat Ryan. From a Bowls Media standpoint, we’ll still be doing Major League Baseball segments on Mondays. But NFL spots will be every other Thursday while Pat saves his energy to focus on the local high school football season.
This week, we chat about Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 80-game suspension for PED use, the Detroit Tigers firing general manager Al Avila, and star pitcher Jacob deGrom rejoining a New York Mets team that’s already playing excellent baseball.
Our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment had a fresh voice this week with newly retired Western Carolina baseball coach Bobby Moranda co-hosting with Pat Ryan. I tried very hard to make sure I didn’t say anything that could be easily dismissed by someone who’s coached athletes that have actually played Major League Baseball.
We had a lot of fun discussing Max Scherzer’s latest injury, the struggling Los Angeles Angels, Miguel Andujar asking the New York Yankees to trade him, division leaders that could face a challenge, and the Texas Rangers calling up outfielder Steele Walker.
The biggest story in baseball — maybe in all of sports — this weekend was the on-field uproar caused by the New York Yankees’ Josh Donaldson calling Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson “Jackie.” Anderson interpreted the reference to Jackie Robinson as a racist remark, while Donaldson insisted it was an inside joke between the two.
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss the fallout of that incident and whether Donaldson faces punishment from Major League Baseball. Our other topics include Max Scherzer’s injury and how it affects the New York Mets, “Red Sox legend” Jonny Gomes, and Albert Pujols’s chances at reaching 700 home runs.
Has adding the designated hitter to the National League boosted offense in Major League Baseball? Well…
On WISE Sports Radio, we discuss fewer runs and less hitting in MLB, Madison Bumgarner’s confrontation with an umpire, teams dealing with COVID outbreaks again, and Robinson Cano being released by the New York Mets.
Major League Baseball made a statement by suspending Trevor Bauer for two seasons (324 games) under its domestic violence and sexual misconduct policy. Our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment begins with discussing the punishment and whether Bauer has any chance at returning to MLB.
On the field — with more pleasant topics — we also cover Clayton Kershaw setting the Los Angeles Dodgers career strikeout mark and whether or not he’s the franchise’s greatest pitcher, five New York Mets combining for a no-hitter (in addition to the team having the best record in the National League), and the abysmal Cincinnati Reds.
The 2022 Major League Baseball season is off to a fun start with superstars like American League Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani picking up where last season finished, new sensations including Hunter Greene, Bobby Witt Jr., and Steven Kwan debuting, and favorites like the White Sox, Astros, and Mets already flexing their muscles.
For WISE Sports Radio‘s weekly baseball segment, we talk about Aaron Judge turning down a huge contract extension with the New York Yankees, a developing feud between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, and a historic debut for Rachel Balkovec in Tampa Friday night.