Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 24, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Even though quite a few players where upset the NBA has decided to have their All-Star game. Even if you’re a huge fan of the NBA I’m sure you understand that the All-Star game is a complete joke. Does anyone remember the last time someone tried to play defense in this game? The only real question heading into the game; is will a team finally hit the 200 point mark?

Like in just about every other sport the starters are voted in by the fans, but yesterday the NBA announced the All-Star reserves and just like every year there are players that should’ve been named to the All-Star team, but weren’t. This year however there where two glaring omissions; one in each conference.

In the Eastern conference the reserves are Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets, Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.

In the Western Conference the reserves are Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donavan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since Davis is injured and won’t be ready to play by the time the All-Star game rolls around he’ll be replaced on the team. Which begs the question. why even name him to the team?

Now just like every year there are players that should be on the All-Star team that for one reason or another weren’t name, but this year in particular there are two glaring omissions; one in each conference.

Some how in putting the Eastern conference reserves together they forgot that Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers is having an All-Star caliber season. Sabonis is averaging 21.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game. Sabonis is one of just for player to average 20 points a game or more and grab more than 10 rebounds a game, but that wasn’t good enough to be even be an All-Star reserve. The Pacers currently hold the 4th spot in the Eastern conference and Sabonis’ play is the reason they are there.

In the Western conference they again didn’t find a spot on the All-Star team for Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 24.7 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game. Just two days ago Booker went for 34 points as his Suns blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 132-100, but I guess Booker’s performance didn’t catch anyone’s eye and he’s on the outside look in for the All-Star game again.

Now there’s always a chance that Sabonis and Booker could end up in the All-Star game due to injuries, but they shouldn’t be stuck waiting to be a replacement for an injured player; they should’ve been named to the team from the outset.

Kevin Mather resigned this week as President/CEO of the Seattle Mariners. Mather made some rather stupid comments about players who’s first language isn’t English and it cost him his job. Now Mather did make one comment that I’m sure Major League Baseball and every other team wish he didn’t say.

The Mariners are in the middle of their rebuild and it looks like a couple of their top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert have an opportunity to make the big league club this spring. Mather mentioned no matter what neither of these players would start the season with the Major League team and would start in the minors so the team could push these players arbitration clock back a season.

Now this is nothing new to anybody and we knew teams where doing it all along, but they always had some kind of excuse for that top prospect starting the season in the minor leagues. If I remember correctly Kris Bryant and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had to work on their defense at the minor league level just long enough for that year of arbitration to go back one more season. Unfortunately Mather let the cat out of the bag and admitted that teams do this.

Now the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the owners and the players expires after the 2021 season and if this rule isn’t high on the players list of demands to be changed they need new leadership.

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How was your week

Posted: February 20, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now as you know I’m not a big fan of the NBA, but I’m trying to be more excepting of what the game has turned into. It’s taking some time, but hopefully I’ll get to the point where I’ll be able to watch more of the games again.

While we’re on the NBA it might be difficult to believe, but the regular season is just about halfway over. Now remember there are only 72 regular season games this season; so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re as far along in the regular season as they are.

In general when you reach this point of a regular season there starts to be talk about which team might be the best. Now in the NBA I thought this was pretty obvious, but it’s possible there might be some other teams in that discussion even though I’m not buying that. I think we should take a look just in case there is.

If you where to go just by record the Utah Jazz immediately jump out as the best team. The Jazz are 24-6 which is the best record in the NBA right now, but they’re only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and just two and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers who just beat the Jazz last night 116-112. These three teams currently have the best three records n the NBA, but this is jut the regular season.

When I heard this question I thought that the answer was the Lakers and I know I’m not alone in thinking that. Any team that has Lebron James on it has to be considered one of the best if not the best, but the Lakers have had their issues with injuries this season as they’re currently playing without their number two star Anthony Davis.

Davis is out with a achilles injury as well as having some issues with his calf. It appears as though Davis will be out for about a month. Davis hasn’t played since February 14th when he got hurt in the Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets. Davis has missed the last two Lakers games and the team has split them without him. They beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-104, but remember the Timberwolves have the worst record in the NBA at 7-23. Then the Lakers lost to the Brooklyn Nets without Davis 109-98. Will have to see how the Lakers do against their NBA finals opponent from the bubble last season as they take on the Miami Heat this afternoon on ABC.

The Clippers have also had their share of injuries this season as both of their top stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have missed games this season. Leonard returned last night from his injury in time for the Clippers to beat the Jazz.

Leonard played 38 minutes in his first game back from injury last night. Leonard scored 29 points last night and was the Clippers leading scorer. George played 27 minutes and added 15 points in the Clippers win over the Jazz. Without Leonard on Wednesday night the Jazz where able to get past the Clippers 114-96; so the Clippers got a little bit of a revenge win last night.

The Clippers have won five out of their last six games and now they’ll get a day off before they face off against a team that many people think might be the best team in the NBA the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

Now these three teams look like they’re the best teams in the Western Conference, but what about the Nets and possibly some other Eastern Conference teams.

The Nets fit into a category that the Lakers and the Clippers fit into; if they’re healthy they could be dangerous. You’re looking at a team that starts James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but you never know when Durant and especially Irving are actually going to play.

The Nets have played 31 games this season. Irving has played in 21 of those games while Durant has played in just 19 of those games. Now you have to wonder if the Nets can win a seven game series against a quality team if they have to play it without Durant or Irving or maybe even both. We’ve seen Harden carry the playoff load for the Houston Rockets and those runs always seemed to end in the conference championship; so he’ll need the help of Durant and Irving if the Nets are going to get to the NBA Finals.

The Nets seem to get all the buzz in the Eastern Conference and with the trade for Harden and the fact that they’re on a five game winning streak it’s understandable that they’re the team the media wants t talk about, but they don’t even have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Right now it’s the Philadelphia 76ers that have that best Eastern Conference record at 20-10 which puts them a game and a half ahead of the Nets.

I understand that everyone has already decided that Lebron James is the MVP of the league, but shouldn’t Joel Embiid be given some consideration? Embiid is averaging a double-double this season. He’s scoring 29.7 points per game and grabbing 10.8 rebounds per game. Embiid is currently the fourth highest scorer this season and don’t forget he also blocks 1.2 shots per game. Now we know that Embiid has had his injury issues throughout his career, but he only missed seven of the Philadelphia’s 30 games this season.

Embiid is not only an MVP candidate, but his team should also be considered as one of the teams that might end up in the NBA Finals. One of the hang ups with picking the 76ers is that they where supposed to be going to the finals for the last few season and just haven’t been able to get passed something. Could this final be the season that Philadelphia gets to the NBA Finals led by MVP candidate Embiid?

Any time you talk about the Eastern Conference you have to talk about the Milwaukee Bucks. Now the Bucks broke a five game losing streak last night when they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-85. Even with the losing streak the Bucks are still 17-13 on the season and they’ll easily be a playoff team; so could they be a finals contender?

Milwaukee has one of the best players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokoumpo, but the question with the Bucks still seems to be; do they have enough around Antetokoumpo to win it all?

Krhis Middleton is still with the Bucks and he’ll contribute, but I’m not sure if Milwaukee is getting everything they expected out of Jrue Holiday. Holiday is averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.4 assists per game, but if the Bucks are going to get by the other top teams in the Eastern Conference they’re going to need more out of Holiday, but can he give it to them?

So if these are the Top 6 teams in the NBA; which one is your pick right now as not only the best team, but the one that you like to win the NBA title?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 17, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball owners made a couple of offers to the Player’s Association that would’ve delayed the start of spring training and cut the regular season schedule to 154 games. Now the Player’s Association turned down those offers; so believe it or not spring training actually opens today.

Like always it’s just pitchers and catchers that have reported to Arizona and Florida respectively, but it won’t be long before the position players report and before you know it baseball season will be upon us.

It was a bit of an odd off season free agent market and there are still a few starting pitchers available that could really help a teams rotation. It will be interesting to see if and or when these pitchers find a team to pitch for.

I’m a little surprised that Jake Odorizzi, Taijuan Walker and Julio Teheran didn’t sign with a team before spring training camps opened, but there didn’t.

Odorizzi will turn 31 years old next month and while he only made 4 starts last season do to injury he’s coming off of a 2019 season where he went 15-7 with an ERA of 3.51. With the exception of last season Odorizzi has made his starts for whichever team he was pitching for. Odorizzi has made 28 or more starts every season from 2014 to 2019 in that same timeframe he has pitched anywhere from 143 1/3rd innings to 187 2/3rd innings. It’s difficult for me to believe that there’s not a team out there that can’t use Odorizzi as their third starter, but as of right now he’s still a free agnet.

Walker is another interesting case. He’s never seemed to reach the level that teams thought he might, but after being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last season he seemed to find something. Walker went 2-1 with an ERA of 1.37 in 6 starts for the Blue Jays. Now Walker did pitched just 3 games in 2018 and just 1 game in 2019 as he was injured, but Walker is just 28 years old and won’t turn 29 until August; so he’s young enough to have been able to completely recover from those injuries. Walker would be a nice add as a back of the rotation starter for any team that needs a little pitching help and he’s still a free agent.

Teheran is another available starter that could help a team, but he might be hurt because he doesn’t light up the radar gun like most if not all pitchers do in today’s game. Teheran turned 30 years old last month and already has 8 major league seasons under his belt; so he’s definitely what you’d call a veteran starter. Teheran struggled badly with the Los Angeles Angels last last. He appeared in 10 games with 9 of those being starts. He posted an 0-4 record with an ERA of 10.04, but before that when he was with the Atlanta Braves he made no less than 30 starts from 2013 to 2019 and he threw no less than 174 2/3rd innings in that same timeframe. It’s hard to believe that one bad season in a tear that was just a mess anyway would keep teams away from looking at Teheran, but he’s still a free agent.

The other player that still out on the free agent market and I don’t think anyone knows why is Jackie Bradley Jr. After the New York Mets missed out on landing the two big free agents on the market it looked like they might turn to Bradley Jr. as their guy, but they went a different route.

A week ago the Mets added outfielder Albert Almora and then just two days ago the Mets came to a contract agreement with Kevin Pillar. Now both of those players are quality centerfielders and even though they might not be in Bradley’s league defensively they’re both top defenders. Since the Mets starting outfield looks set with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimo and Domenic Smith set to start it looks like Almora and Pillar will be counted on for late inning defense and to give those three starters days off, but it also looks like a full outfield with no room for Bradley.

With it looking like the Mets out of the picture you have to wonder what other teams might have an interest in Bradley. A team would be getting a Gold Glove defender in centerfield and he’s also shown that he can hit for power, but he is just a .239 career hitter; so that might be keeping some teams away depending on what Bradley’s contract demands are.

So now it’s your turn. Where do you have Odorizzi, Walker, Teheran and Bradley signing? And what might be more important; do you have them signing with a team in time to get some spring training work in?

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How was your week

Posted: February 13, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re not very far away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training and before you know it every player will be in spring training and will be close to the baseball regular season starting. With these dates quickly approaching teams are in the process of rounding out their rosters and just in these last few days we’ve seen some veterans who have been on the free agent market sign deals to join teams.

In a lot of these cases it’s teams hoping that at the trade deadline they might be able to move the players they signed for a low level prospect, but that’s not always the way it goes. While most of these payers signed with teams that don’t look like playoff contenders there was one signing that might play a big role in this teams

The San Diego Padres added reliever Mark Melancon to their bullpen mix. Before this signing it appeared as though the Padres would go into the season with a combination of Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan closing games for them. Now that may still be the case in San Diego, but by signing Melancon the Padres have given them another option at the end of games and that’s not a bad thing for a contender to have.

Now Melancon is 36 years old and may not be the same closer that saved 51 games like he did for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, but he did save 11 games for the Atlanta Braves last season while posting an ERA of 2.78 in 23 games. Now Melancon himself hasn’t been a full time closer in about four or five years, but if Pomeranz and Pagan can pitch in and close games here and there he won’t have to be in San Diego.

Another closer signed a deal this week as well. Ken Giles signed a two year deal to join the Seattle Mariners. Now Giles won’t be pitching during the 2021 season as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but if he returns healthy in 2022 he’ll slide right into the closers role for the Mariners.

Giles started closing games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 and after being dealt to the Houston Astros he found his groove as a closer before hitting a rough patch. As Giles struggled the Astros traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays and it took the remainder of the 2018 season for Giles to straighten out his issues, but in 2019 he was a lights out closer for the Blue Jays. Giles saved 23 games for Toronto and posted an ERA of 1.87 in 53 games in 2019. Unfortunately he pitched in just four games for the Blue Jays last season before his arm trouble came up and it was decided that he needed to under go surgery.

A couple of other veteran pitchers signed yesterday, but in this case they where starters. Rich Hill will join the Cincinnati Reds on a one year deal worth $2.5 million dollars while Jake Arrieta will be returning to the Chicago Cubs on a one year deal where he’ll make $6 million dollars.

While the cubs needed some help in their starting rotation I’m not sure if Arrieta is it. He’s no longer the pitcher that went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA like he did for the Cubs in 2015. Arrieta left the Cubs after the 2017 season to sign with the Phillies as a free agent, but it didn’t go as well for him in Philadelphia. In his three seasons with the Phillies Arrieta went 22-23 with an ERA of 4.36 in 64 starts. Arrieta also missed the end of the 2020 season with an injury, but he should be 100% when he reports to spring training.

Hill turns 41 years old in March and Cincinnati with be the tenth major league team he’s pitch for. Last season Hill pitched for the Minnesota Twins where he went 2-2 in 9 starts while posting an ERA of 3.03. Hill isn’t the kind of starting pitcher who’s going to give a team 30 starts or take a team deep into games in his starts, but he can keep his team in games and help them gets wins which is what the objective in baseball. Hill has had injury issues throughout his career; so the Reds will have to watch him careful to make sure he can help them during the 2021 season.

Now the only non-pitcher signing in the last few days saw Marwin Gonzalez. He signed a one year 43 million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox. There are also incentives in Gonzalez’s contract that can earn him another $1 million dollars. Gonzalez has spent his career as a utility player as he’s played all of the infield and outfield positions in his nine seasons in Major League Baseball. It appears as the Red Sox have the same plan for Gonzalez and he’ll provide them with quite a bit of flexibility on their bench. Gonzalez is the second career utility player the Red Sox have signed this off season. Just a few weeks ago the Red Sox added former Los Angeles Dodgers Kiki Hernandez to their roster, but it looks as though Hernandez is going to be given the opportunity to be the teams everyday second baseman.

Now none of these signings would be what you’d called a blockbuster signing, but there are quality veteran players that can help teams. The only question now is will they be helping the team that signed them or could that team use them in a deal to try and get a prospect or two down the road. Of course we won’t know that until we see how these veteran players perform for their new teams.

What do you think about these signings? And how many of them do you think finish the season with the team that just signed them?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 10, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday and they did it in dominant fashion as the beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.

Now Tom Brady was named MVP of the Super Bowl, but did he really deserve to be? Brady went 21 of 29 for just 201 yards and he added three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was for the game was 81.8 and his Total Quarterback Rating for the game was 125.8. Brady put up solid numbers, but when you hold a team like Kansas City to just 9 points even though they where missing two starting offensive lineman someone from the Buccaneers defense should’ve been named MVP.

Patrick Mahomes was under pressure the entire game from that Buccaneers defense. If you’ve ever wondered what the term running for your life means just look at the tape of this game and watch Mahomes run. Somehow Tampa Bay only managed to sack Mahomes three times and that has to be attributed to Mahomes athletic ability. I’m sure will be seeing that throw Mahomes made while he was horizontal to the ground.

Ndamukong Suh had 1 1/2 of Tampa Bay’s three sacks, but didn’t contribute in stopping the run; so if not the teams sack leader who should’ve won the MVP on the Buccaneers defense? Well; how about Devin White? White was the Buccaneers leading tackler. He had 12 total tackles and 8 of them where solo tackles. He also had 2 tackles for loss and defended one pass along with getting an interception.

I don’t understand what the MVP voters where looking at except for the fact that they always seem to vote for the winning teams quarterback and in a lot of cases that’s the right choice, but in this game it wasn’t.

Actually Rob Gronkowski may have been a better choice for MVP then Brady. Gronkowski had 6 receptions for 67 yards and was the team leader in both of those categories. Gronkowski also caught 2 of the 3 touchdowns passes that Brady threw. I get that Gronkowski isn’t the poster boy that Brady is, but let’s face it he would’ve been a better choice.

Now as you know I had the Chiefs winning this game and I have to tell you I was very disappointed in their game plan. In general coming off of a week off Andy Reid’s teams play very well, but not this time. Reid and his offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy seemed to underestimate the Buccaneers pass rush and didn’t make the proper adjustments for having two of their starting offensive lineman being out injured. I guess Reid and Bienemy didn’t watch enough of the film from Tampa Bay’s game against the Green Bay Packers to understand that they could rush the passer against a quality offensive line; so imagine what they could do against an offensive line that missing two starters.

Now remember there was a lot of uproar when Bienemy wasn’t hiring for any of the coaching opening that where available this off season, but after this game you have to wonder if teams made the right choice by passing him up. It was easily the poorest performance from what has been described as “his” offense all even though Reid calls the plays.

I’m sure you can point out a lot of reasons that Kansas City didn’t win this game and I agree with you on that, but the first place I’m looking at is Reid and Bienemy. It was their responsibility to have this team ready to play and they sure didn’t look like they where ready to go.

Now I’m not saying Reid and his staff should be fired or anything like that. Kansas City is still a very good team and has already been put in place as the favorite to win next years Super Bowl. I just thought it was a very disappointing performance by Kansas City and even though I incorrectly predicted that they would win I would’ve settled for a good game and I didn’t get that either.

Oh well that’s it for this NFL season; so now we move on and get ready for the NFL draft. The draft will be virtual again and as it has been for the last few years will be done over a three day period of time. Round 1 is on April 23rd. Rounds 2 & 3 will be conducted on April 24th with Rounds 4 thru 7 being done on April 25th.

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How was your week

Posted: February 6, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well we are just one day away from one of if not the biggest sporting event of the year; the Super Bowl. The game is being played in Raymond James stadium in Tampa Bay Florida; so for the first time in Super Bowl history the team who plays their home games in that stadium the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get to appear in the game. While the Buccaneers are the first team to play in their home stadium there opponent the Kansas City Chiefs are also looking to make some history. The Chiefs are looking to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2003-2004 New England Patriots did it and yes those Patriots teams where quarterbacked by Tom Brady.

If you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast live these last two days on BlogTalkRadio.com or happened to find us on TuneIn.com you’ve heard us make our picks for the Super Bowl, but if you didn’t happen to hear who we’re going with I’ll give them to you again here.

Dan the Man made his picks on Thursday podcast and here’s what he’s got. He likes the Kansas City Chiefs to win by a score of 42-34. Then on Yesterday’s podcast Schaumburg Stu and I made our picks. Schaumburg Stu likes the Kansas City Chiefs to win by a score of 28-17. I’m also going with the Kansas City Chiefs, but by a score of 34-27. We also pick an MVP for the game and it’s no surprise that we all picked Patrick Mahomes since the quarterback of the winning team almost always seems to win the MVP award.

Now the Chiefs have been a 3 to 3 1/2 point favorite for most of the week and as you can tell by our picks we all think that Kansas City will cover the spread.

I also have to mention that when we all agree on a pick it seems to go wrong for us. This goes all the way back to when we used to pick the NFL games on a weekly basis; so will see if our luck continues.

Like always I’d like to know what you think. Who do you have winning the game? What do you think the final score will be? and also who’s going to win the MVP award?

It doesn’t look like there will be any significant injuries with the exception of Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher who we knew would be missing this game since his injury. Now there is a chance that each team could be down one of their wide receivers as Kansas City’s Sammy Watkins and Tampa Bay’s Antonio Brown are still listed as questionable.

Watkins has been dealing with a calf injury while Brown has been fighting a some leg issues as well. Now Brown was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday; so it looks like he should play on Sunday. Watkins was a also able to go through the Chiefs full practice on Friday; so there’s a chance he’ll be ready for Sunday. If Watkins can’t go the Chiefs did just activate Demarcus Robinson off of the NFL’s reserve/Covid-19 list; so he’ll be available to step into Watkins role if he can’t play on Sunday.

Now there was a bit of a surprise added to the Buccaneers injury list for the game as tight end Cameron Brate showed up on that injury list with a strained back muscle. Brate apparently injury that muscle in Thursday’s practice and missed Friday’s practice. Now all reports are that Brate will play Sunday, but as of now is a game time decision.

Now Tampa Bay lost tight end O.J. Howard earlier this season with an injury that ended his season. If Brate is unable to play on Sunday Tanner Hudson or Anthony Auclair might have to take some snaps. Now of course this would also give those old teammates Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady and chance to connect multiple times.

Besides the Super Bowl we had a couple of big free agent signings in Major League Baseball. Yesterday the biggest name on the free agent market finally signed a deal as Trevor Bauer decided to sign with the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Bauer signed a very interesting three year $102 million dollar deal with the Dodgers. Bauer will make $40 million dollars next season. Then in 2022 his salary jumps to $45 million dollars which makes the final year of his contract will be for $17 million dollars. Now Bauer does have an opt out after year one and year two of this contract; so you have to wonder if he’d actually pitch in the final year of this contract for that $17 million.

Bauer will be the third Cy Young award winner in the Dodgers starting rotation for this coming season. He’ll join Clayton Kershaw who has three Cy Young awards and David Price who won the American League Cy Young award in 2012 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. Even though the Dodgers will have these three Cy Young award winner in their starting rotation none of them my even be the best pitcher in that rotation as Walker Buehler might actually be their best starting pitcher.

What do you think of this free agent signing? And also how do you like the Dodgers starting rotation?

There was another free agent signing overnight as Marcell Ozuna came to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves. Ozuna signed a four year deal for a guaranteed $65 million dollars, but Ozuna’s deal has a option for a fifth year in it that would actual make the deal worth a total of $80 million dollars. There is also a $1.1 million dollar buy out of that fifth year if the Braves decide not to pick it up in 2025.

Last season was Ozuna’s first with the Braves and he led the National League in home runs with 18 and RBI’s with 56. Ozuna gives the Braves a big bat to offer some protection behind NL MVP Freddie Freeman. Now Ozuna himself finished 6th in NL MVP voting last season and also won a Silver Slugger.

Ozuna is the Braves biggest off season move and with spring training opening in about two weeks you have to wonder if they’re done or if they try to add some more players. With the NL East being the most competitive division in baseball I’m sure it wouldn’t be surprise to see the Braves add a player or two.

Do you like the Braves resigning Ozuna? Does this signing give them enough to hold off the rest of the NL East?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 3, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Colorado Avalanche was the big pick at the start of the NHL to win the Stanley Cup. Now Colorado has looked like a Stanley Cup contender as they are 7-3-1 and are tied for the top spot in this years Honda division with the St. Louis Blues. Each team has 15 points so far this season.

Now if Colorado is going to fulfill those predictions and win that Stanley Cup there going to have to win some game with their best player sidelined with an injury.

In Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild the Avalanche’s best player Nathan MacKinnon suffered a lower body injury. Being that this is the NHL we’re not going to get the specifics of his injury, but Colorado’s coach Jared Bednar described it as a “week to week” situation.

It’s no surprise that Mackinnon is Colorado’s points leader with 14. He has just 2 goals, but he’s assisted on 12 goals and he is tied for the team lead in power play pints with 6 and he has also taken the most shots on net with 41. Mackinnon is also second on the team in plus/minus as he’s a +6 this season.

The Avalanche did bounce back and beat the Wild last night 2-1 without Mackinnon and they’ll see if they can get a win against Minnesota tomorrow night as those two teams will face off again in Colorado. After this series the Avalanche will head to St. Louis to face the team their tied with at the top of the division in back to back games this Saturday and Sunday.

Now Bednar didn’t say when there would be an update on Mackinnon condition; so will have to kind of wait and see when Colorado makes a statement concerning his injury. It’s unclear how many weeks; week to week means.

Now Mackinnon isn’t the first Colorado player to miss games due to injury this season as it seems like the Avalanche just can’t see to avoid the injury bug.

Besides Mackinnon there are six other Avalanche players out with injuries. Left wing Matt Calvert has and upper body injury and Goaltender Pavel Francouz has a lower body injury and have both been placed on injured reserve. Defenseman Erik Johnson and Devon Toews are also currently out with injuries. Johnson has an upper body injury while Toews is out with a foot injury. You can also add center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is also out with a lower left leg injury.

That’s a lot of injuries to deal with over just 11 games. Now remember the NHL is only playing a 56 game regular season; so not only does the Avalanche nee to get all their players healthy they have to get them up to game speed by playoff time if they’re going to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

Now the NHL season is kind of in flux with games being postponed due to Covid-19. There are teams that have played 13 games and there are teams that have played just 7 games. Now it’s unclear if or when the NHL would make up these games; so will just have to wait and see if every team gets a chance to play all 56 scheduled regular season games.

Last week we had a big trade in baseball. Well heading into last weekend there was a big trade in football and I have to say I was surprised by what was involved in that deal.

The Los Angeles Rams Acquired quarterback Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions. Now in return for Stafford the Lions received quarterback Jarod Goff and three draft picks. Detroit gets the Rams 1st round pick in 2022 and 2023 as well as a 3rd round pick in this coming draft.

Now this sounded like a lot to give up for Stafford and it made me wonder what the Houston Texans could get for Deshaun Watson. While Stafford is a proven veteran quarterback Watson is coming off his best season and is quite a bit younger than Stafford. Help me out here; what do you think a team will have to give up to acquire Watson? It also makes you wonder what the Philadelphia Eagles could get for Carson Wentz if they decided to deal him.

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How was your week

Posted: January 30, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday evening there was another big time major league player traded as Nolan Arenado became a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. There where rumors during the shortened 2020 season that the Cardinals where interested in acquiring Arenado from the Colorado Rockies, but it ended up being nothing more than a rumor. I’m sure when this same rumor came up again about a week ago almost everybody thought it would just be a rumor again, but in this case we actually got a deal between the two teams.

Now we’re waiting for this trade to become official, but it looks like the Cardinals will receive Arenado and $50 million dollars. St. Louis has also guaranteed one more year of Arenado’s contract. It’s unclear what players the Rockies will receive in return for Arenado, but there have been a few names mentioned. It appears as though left handed pitcher Austin Gomber will be one of the players headed to Colorado. The other names mentioned that might be headed to Colorado are first baseman Luken Baker, outfielder Jhon Torres and right handed pitchers Jake Woodford and Angel Rondon.

Gomber made 14 appearances in 2020 for St. Louis four of those appearances where starts. He threw 29 innings with an ERA of 1.86; striking out 27 while walking 15. Gomber has 43 career major league appearances 15 of those have been starts and you’d think that the Rockies would use him in their starting rotation.

Obviously a trade for a player like Arenado is going to get all of the headlines, but the Cardinals have also brought back two of their veteran players from last season.

Yesterday the Cardinals announce that they had signed pitcher Adam Wainwright to a one year $8 million dollar deal. Wainwright’s deal includes a full no-trade clause and incentives that could earn him $775,000. There are also reports that St. Louis has plans to bring back catcher Yader Molina even though there has been no signing announced yet.

The Wainwright signing and the Molina rumors was the first off season movement by the Cardinals and you wonder if maybe they where working on the Arenado deal and that’s why they where quite. Either way with the acquisition of what many people think is the best third baseman in baseball and the return of their on veteran starting pitcher and possible a catcher who will go down as one of the best in baseball history it’s clear right now that the Cardinals are the clear favorite in a very weak National League Central.

Eddie Rosario also signed a free agent deal yesterday and while he’ll be staying in the American League Central he’ll be joining a new team. Rosario got a one year $8 million dollar deal to join the Cleveland Indians. Rosario was designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins this off season and there where quite a few reports that Minnesota wanted to bring him back, but instead it was their American League Central opposition that landed him.

Rosario hit .257 in 57 games last season, but in 2019 he posted a career high 32 home runs and 109 RBI’s. Rosario should take over in leftfield for the Indians and will try to help make up for some of the offense they lost when they traded Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets.

After a long period of inactivity the free agent market in Major League Baseball really got rolling, but there is still one big name free agent left on the market; Trevor Bauer. There where reports this week that the Mets have made a formal offer to Bauer, but that was about all we heard. That report did say that this offer was for less than the $36 million dollars a year that Gerrit Cole is paid by the Mets cross-town rivals the New York Yankees.

Right now it seems as though the Mets are the only team active in the market for Bauer as the Los Angeles Angels mentioned earlier this week that they’re not in the race to sign Bauer. Unless there’s a “mystery” team out there that might jump in and make Bauer an offer it appears like he’ll end up trying to work out a contract with the Mets, but as we know teams will jump into these contract negotiations once they find out where the money is going to end up.

Where do you think Trevor Bauer ends up?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: January 27, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

For just the ninth time since Hall of Fame voting started and for the first time since 2013 no one was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

In their 9th year on the ballot Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens where the top three vote getters, but none of them received the required 75% of the votes to be elected. Schilling received 71.1%, Bonds received 61.8% and Clemens received 61.6% of the vote. No one else received 60% of the vote while Mark Buehrle was the most voted for newcomer on the ballot as he got 11% of the vote.

Now Schilling, Bonds and Clemens have one more year to be voted in before it become an issue for the Hall of Fame Veteran’s committee to decide if they belong in the Hall of Fame or not.

Now it’s understandable why voters may have some issues with voting for Bonds or Clemens and I’m in the camp of the shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame because they cheated, but Schilling seems to be a different story. I’m not completely sold on Curt Schilling being a Hall of Famer, but I don’t have a vote to make that decision. Schilling has been trending up in the voting and looks like a good bet to make it into the Hall of Fame next year, but Schilling unsurprisingly had something to say about that. Here’s a quote from a post he put up on his Facebook page.

“I will not participate in the final year of voting. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player. I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor”.

Now Schilling doesn’t have the power to opt out of being on the ballot, but you do have to wonder if his statement will prevent people for voting for him next time around. It’s also possible and from someone like Schilling this wouldn’t be a surprise that he’s using reverse psychology on the voters.

What do you think about no one being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame? Also how do you feel about Schilling? Is he a Hall of Famer in your opinion?

It looks like the Major League Baseball free agent market is finally picking up. After J.T. Realmuto signed a big deal to remain with the Philadelphia Phillies. There where three middle infielder and another catcher signed overnight.

First the catcher. It’s being reported that Wilson Ramos will be joining the Detroit Tigers on a one year $2 million dollar deal. After Realmuto; Ramos was the youngest of the everyday catchers left o the free agent market. Ramos spent the last two seasons with the New York Mets, but once they signed free agent James McCann it was clear Ramos would need to find a new team and it looks like he did.

Onto the infielders. Two now former Oakland A’s have found new homes. First Marcus Semien signed a one year deal to join the Toronto Blue Jays. Semien will get $18.1 million dollars for the 2021 season. Semien had been the A’s starting shortstop since they acquired him from the Chicago White Sox six years ago. Now there have been some questions about Semien’s defense at the shortstop position, but it’s unclear if that’s where the Blue Jays plan to use him at. Remember Bo Bichette is the Blue Jays shortstop; so maybe Semien will find playing time at 2nd or 3rd base. Will have to see what the Blue Jays decide to do with their infield.

Tommy LaStella was the other now former A’s player to sign with another team yesterday. LaStella is joining the San Francisco Giants on a what is being reported as a three year deal. The financial terms of this deal have not yet been released. LaStella has been mostly used as a utility player in his career and while he’ll supply the Giants with some flexibility his primary position for them appears to be 2nd base. LaStella was a highly sought after free agent this off season, but it’s the Giants that are going to end up with him.

And then last, but not least Andrelton Simmons will be leaving the Los Angeles Angels as he signed a one year $10.5 million dollar deal to join the Minnesota Twins. Simons should step right in as the Twins starting shortstop which will allow Jorge Polanco to return to a utilityman role. Simmons has always been one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and he has 4 Gold Gloves, 1 Platinum Glove and a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award to prove it, but as his career has went on his offense has improved making him an all around player.

Which of these signings do you like best and why?

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How was your week

Posted: January 23, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Earlier this week Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the National Football League after 17 seasons. Rivers spent 16 of those seasons with the San Diego ow Los Angeles Chargers before joining the Indianapolis Colts this past season. Now when I heard this news I immediately thought that Rivers would end up in the Hall of Fame, but I’ve heard some other people who aren’t so sure he’ll get their because of one reason and one reason only. Rivers never won a Super Bowl!

Now this would be a very slippery slope for Hall of fame voters to go down. I’m sure like me the first two names you thought of where Dan Marino and Jim Kelly who never won a Super Bowl. Now I don’t think that Rivers is the same caliber quarterback as either Marino or Kelly, but I do believe he belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Rivers finished his career 5th in all time passing yards with 63.440. He was also 5th in career passing touchdown with 421. Rivers made 240 starts in the NFL and has a record of 134-106. Rivers led 29 4th quarter comebacks during his career along with 35 game winning drives. Rivers made 12 post season appearances going 5-7. He threw for 2965 yards with 16 touchdowns in those post season games.

Do those sound like Hall of Fame credentials?

Now if Rivers isn’t considered a Hall of Fame quarterback because of not winning a Super Bowl you have to wonder if quarterbacks like Trent Dilfer. Mark Rypien and Jim McMahon deserve Hall of Fame consideration because they quarterbacked teams that did win a Super Bowl. Also is it only quarterbacks that are held to that standard or do we now have to start looking at every player and asking if they’ve won a Super Bowl. It just seems like there’s a lot more to an NFL career than winning a Super Bowl.

Rivers retirement also adds the Colts to the list of teams with quarterback questions for next season. Jacob Eason is currently the only quarterback on the Colts roster as Jacoby Brissett is headed into free agency. Eason was the Colts 4th round draft pick in last years draft and hasn’t taken an NFL snap. Somewhere down the line this off season you have to think the Colts will add a quarterback, but they won’t be the only team looking to do that.

You can add the Colts to teams like the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaquars and The Washington Football team as teams that might not have next seasons starting quarterback on their roster right now. Of course the Jaquars have the #1 pick in the upcoming draft and look to select their franchise quarterback with that pick and develop him under new head coach Urban Meyer.

You can also add teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles who seem unsure what they’ll be doing at quarterback next season even though each team has a solid quarterback on their roster and in the Eagles case they might have two. Of course what these three teams have in common is they all hired new head coaches and you have to take into consideration that they might want to go with their own guy.

There’s also been talk that teams like the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets might be interested in different quarterbacks either through the draft or through a trade, but I don’t know how much value I put on these reports as both teams have young quarterbacks that where high draft picks and probably need to be giving a chance to play.

Now depending on which NFL mock draft you read there could be four or five quarterbacks drafted in the 1st round; so maybe some teams will go that route to try and solve their issues under center. I guess will have to wait and see what teams decide to do.

While most of the NFL is setting up their off season plans there are still four teams with the opportunity to win the Super Bowl. Tomorrow the NFC game has the Green Bay Packers hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While over in the AFC the Buffalo Bills go on the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Of course the winners of these two games will go on to meet in the Super Bowl; so who do you have winning?

Yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu picked the Packers to win and cover; Green Bay is a 3 1/2 point favorite. Stu also took Kansas City to win and cover; the Chiefs are a 3 point favorite. What do you think of Stu’s picks?

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