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How was your week

Posted: August 6, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With the trade deadline past almost the only way teams can add players is to hope that a team releases a struggling veteran or the designate a player for assignment and then they can claim that player on waivers. Well over the last couple of days that has happened.

The Boston Red Sox decided to part ways with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley Jr. was in his second stint with the Red Sox but was hitting just .210 in 91 games this season. Bradley Jr. is known more for his defense and has won a Gold Glove in his career, so it’s possible that a playoff contending team could add him to be a late inning defensive replacement in their outfield.

The Philadelphia Phillies where the other team that released a veteran player. Philadelphia parted ways with shortstop Didi Gregorius. Gregorius was in his third season with the Phillies but had played in just 63 games this season due to injury. Gregorius was hitting .210 this season with 1 home run. Gregorius also struggled last season hitting .209 and his power numbers have come down since joining the Phillies. Will have to wait and see if a team adds Gregorius for the remainder of this season or if he’ll have to try to catch on with a team next season.

There was also a third player that ended up on the open market and that was Dinelson Lamet. Now Lamet was just acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the trade that sent Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. It’s unclear what the Brewers were trying to do with Lamet as they designated him for assignment, and he was claimed by the Colorado Rockies. I’m guessing that Milwaukee was hoping Lamet would go through waivers unclaimed, and they could assign him to Triple-A, but that was a big risk for the Brewers to take and it didn’t work out for them.

Lamet has appeared in 13 games this season covering 12 1/3rd innings. He has an ERA of 9.49 and has struck out 16 batters while walking 9.

Will have to wait and see if any other veteran players are either given their outright releases or possibly designated for assignment, so they can move on to other teams.

In case you weren’t paying attention that NFL pre-season started this past Thursday. The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaquars 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game.

I’m sure absolutely no one was surprised when neither Derek Carr nor Trevor Lawrence didn’t play a down along with almost all the other starters from both teams. That’s just how the NFL pre-season goes now. Starters play very little if at all and in some cases that lack of playing time can carry over into the start of the regular season.

As always concern for injury is a reason that starters don’t play much in the pre-season, but it seems as though some teams have devalued pre-season to the point where they don’t believe that their starters need to play to get ready for the regular season. There are a few NFL head coaches that actually prefer those control scrimmages with other teams than pre-season games.

As a fan I have very little interest in pre-season NFL games, but I will try to catch the start of them when the starters may actually take a snap or two. I’m sure that season ticket holders are less than pleased since they have to buy tickets to those pre-season games and I’m sure they’re difficult to get rid of with the starters not playing.

Now, will get a whole slate of pre-season NFL game next week. There are two games on Thursday, five games on Friday, eight games on Saturday and then one game to wrap up the weekend on Sunday. Eight of these games will be shown on the NFL Network and I’m sure they’ll be televised locally as well.

It won’t be long before the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams are hosting the Buffalo Bills in the first regular season game of the year on Thursday September 8th.

Not only have NFL games started, but the start of the college football season is right around the corner as well. I hope you’re ready for football.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 3, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday was the Major League Baseball trading deadline and there were a lot of deals that happened. Unfortunately, once the news was announced that Juan Soto was going to be traded by the Washington nationals to the San Diego Padres the networks pretty much stopped talking about any other trades that happened after that one. Now I understand that Soto was the biggest fish on the trade market, so to speak, but they could’ve worked in those other trades that happened.

Now, there was so much going on and I think that the networks did a huge disservice to their fans by not making sure to at least mention or even have a little discussion on some of the other trades that happened yesterday. Honestly besides the Padres and the Nationals fans who else cared about Soto being traded? The only other fans that may have cared about Soto going to San Diego were the Los Angeles Dodgers fans because they’re in the same division. Otherwise, there was a lot more to cover that didn’t get covered.

Here is the actual trade. San Diego received Juan Soto and 1st baseman Josh Bell and they sent 1st baseman Luke Voit, Left-handed pitcher Mackenzie Gore, right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana, outfielders Robert Hassell III and James Wood as well as shortstop C.J. Abrams to Washington.

Abrams and Gore have both appeared in the major leagues with the Padres this season. Abrams has played in 46 games and is hitting .232 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI’s. Gore has pitched in 16 games with 13 of those being starts. He has pitched 70 innings and has a 4-4 record with an ERA of 4.50. He’s struck out 72 batters while walking 37.

As for the other three players Washington picked up in this deal. Hassell III and Wood are both in Class-A. Hassell III was in high Class-A and will probably stay at that level with the Nationals. Wood was at Class-A and is also expected to stay at that level with Washington. Both Wood and Hassell III are considered top prospect. As for Susana, he’s just 18 years old and was in Rookie League for the Padres. Susana like Hassell III and Wood will probably report to that level with the Nationals.

Gore and Abrams where also considered prospects. Gore, who is currently on the IL with elbow inflammation was the 3rd pick in the 2017 draft while Abrams was the 6th pick in the 2019 draft.

With such a priority being placed on prospects most people think that the Nationals got quite a bit in return for Soto, but none of the players they received has performed at the major league level enough to actually know how this deal will turn out.

The other thing that confused me yesterday was the lack of moves by the Chicago Cubs. Now the Cubs did trade four of their relief pitchers which was kind of expected, but they weren’t and didn’t get much in return for any of those players.

The Cubs ended up sending Chris Martin to the Dodgers, Scott Effross went to the New York Yankees, Mychal Givens went to the New York Mets and David Robertson went to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Now the Cubs did have two players that were talked about quite a bit as possibly being traded, but for some reason Willson Contreras and Ian Happ are both still on the Cubs.

Now it’s possible that the Cubs just didn’t get the offer they were looking for to make a trade, but you have to wonder just what they’re doing. Contreras is a free agent at the end of the season and there’s a very god chance that he’ll sign with another team and the Cubs will get nothing in return for him. Happ still has one more year of arbitration, so unless he’s dealt in the off season, he’ll be with the Cubs to at least start the 2023 season.

So let me know what you thought of the trade deadline and if you’re happy with what the team you root for did yesterday.

Remember that you can find me on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: July 30, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

For some reason I thought that the trade deadline in Major League Baseball was tomorrow, but apparently, it’s August 2nd, so we have a few more days for teams to try and make deals for the stretch run.

For the last few weeks, the biggest question would be how much the Washington Nationals would get in return for Juan Soto, but just this week another interesting name came up that took some of the spotlight off of a possible Soto trade.

Now I don’t believe there was anything behind this and it was just a suggestion, but the name Shohei Ohtani came up as a possible trade piece.

Do you think that the Los Angeles Angels would actually consider trading Ohtani? I honestly don’t believe they’d deal him, but if a team came to you with a top farm system and offered you the right number of high-level prospects and a couple of major league players you’d at least have to listen, wouldn’t you?

Believe it or not Ohtani is only making $5.5 million dollars this season and he’ll be eligible for arbitration this coming off season, so he’d be a deal for any team that might be able to acquire him, but it would cost them. If the price for Soto is high just imagine what the price for Ohtani would be.

Now even with two of the best players in baseball the Angels just haven’t been able to get it right. The last time the Angels went to the playoffs was 2014 and they were swept out of those playoffs by the Kansas City Royals. To date that is the only time in his 12-year major league career that Mike Trout has been to the playoffs.

Now it’s not like the Angels haven’t spent money on big time free agents. They brought Anthony Rendon in on a 7-year $245 million dollar deal and in three seasons with the Angels he’s played in just 155 games and is currently on the 60-day IL with a wrist injury that needed surgery. Rendon will miss the remainder of the 2022 season with that injury.

The Angels also took a chance this off season and signed Noah Syndergaard to a one-year deal. Syndergaard was coming off a 2021 season where he only pitched in two games due to injury. Syndergaard has made 15 starts for the Angels covering 80 innings. He is 5-8 with an ERA of 3.83 but could be a trade candidate since he is just signed for the remainder of this season.

Now the Angels have said that they’re not actively shopping Ohtani, but they would listen to offers. It was reported that the New York Mets checked in with the Angels about a possible Ohtani trade, but you’d have to think that ever contender would be interested in acquiring him if the Angels would be willing to move him.

There might be one thing that could facilitate Ohtani being traded and that’s the injury status of Mike Trout. Now Trout is currently out with a spinal contusion but has said he’s planning on returning this season. Now there are reports that this injury might affect Trout for the rest of his career. This injury might mean Trout would need to spend more time as the Angels DH which of course is all Ohtani does when he’s not pitching.

Trout is signed until 2030, so the Angels might have to choose between him and Ohtani or they’re going to have to figure out how to work around Trout’s injury and keep both of them in their lineup.

Now we have had some minor trades leading up to the trade deadline, but will we see any big pieces like a Soto or Ohtani dealt? Let me know what you think in the comment section.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 27, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I know we mentioned it a time or two when we were doing the Sports Time Radio podcast, but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned here that I used to be a professional wrestler. Now I was never a big star and I never made it to WWE, but I wrestled for a very long time, and I enjoyed my time in the business. I also don’t believe that I’ve ever written about professional wrestling here, but with what has and is going on in WWE I figure it’s a good time to change that.

Now in case you don’t know it was The Wall Street Journal that broke the story of WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon paying woman to keep quiet about relationships that they had with him over the years. And when we’re saying paying these women were paid over a million dollars to not say anything. As of right now it’s unclear exactly how many women there were, but apparently there is still some more investigating being done.

Now since WWE is a publicly traded company it became clear that Vince McMahon would have to step away from any role with the company and he made what was looked at as his last appearance on television recently. Now all he did in this appearance was repeat the WWE tagline of Then, Now and Forever, but there was more to it that didn’t air on television. Reports came out that when McMahon got backstage from his last appearance he yelled “Fuck Them” multiple times in the backstage area. Now it’s unclear who he was referring to and he could’ve been speaking to quite a few different people, but it wasn’t anyone in the backstage area.

With it clear that Vince McMahon would have to be removed as CEO his daughter Stephanie will be taking over that role, but in what seemed like an odd twist Vince McMahon announced his retirement. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m very skeptical that Vince McMahon will actually be able to walk away from a company he built.

Obviously with his daughter in the CEO position and her husband, Vince’s son-in-law Paul Levesque apparently taking over creative control of the company would it really be that difficult for Vince to continue to run things behind the scenes through his daughter and son-in-law?

Interestingly enough Levesque was in charge of the WWE’s developmental territory NXT, but Vince changed the direction of that territory and while Levesque was never officially removed from his position there the brand was completely changed right underneath him by his father-in-law. That makes me wonder just how much creative control Levesque actually has.

Now depending on how old you are changes the way you look at what Vince McMahon did for professional wrestling. If you’re actually old enough to remember when there were territories, you might not like that McMahon either bought them out or just drove them out of business by signing their best talent. Now if you’re a little younger WWE might be the only wrestling you ever knew, so you’ll have to let me know what side of this you’re on.

You might remember that professional wrestling was a very guarded business, and it was Vince McMahon who admitted that it was in fact an act or fake as some people call it. While people always had their suspicions about professional wrestling McMahon was the first well known person involved in wrestling to admit to this.

So, tell me what you think. Is Vince McMahon really retired? Or do you think this is just what WWE had to announce to pacify their shareholders? I’m also interested to know if you think the creative direction of WWE will change. Just about a week ago WWE announced that their television shows are now PG-14, so will we see more adult content?

Please let me know what you think in the comments section.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: July 23, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With the emphasis being put on offense in Major League Baseball we frequently see teams reach double digits in runs scored. Just last night there were three teams that hit that mark. The Chicago Cubs put up 15 runs while the Arizona Diamondbacks scored 10 runs in their game last night, but there was one team that went above and beyond those two teams.

Last night in Fenway Park the Toronto Blue Jays scored 28 runs in their game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Blue Jays scored at least one run in seven of the games nine innings including putting up 11 runs in the Top of the 5th inning.

Every Blue Jays player who started the game scored at least two runs and Santiago Espinal and Danny Jansen each scored four times. Jansen was also one of four Toronto players who homered in the game, and he did it twice.

Every Toronto player that started recorded at least two hits and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. tied a Blue Jays record by recording six hits in the game. As a team the Blue Jays recorded 29 hits.

Nathan Eovaldi made the start for the Red Sox last night. Eovaldi pitched 2 2/3rds innings giving up 8 hits and 9 runs while walking 2 and striking out 3. Eovaldi was tagged with the loss in the game as well. Austin Davis, Kaleb Ort, Darwinzon Hernandez and Jake Diekman followed Eovaldi to the mound before utility infielder Yolmer Sanchez came in to pitch the 9th inning. Out of the five actually pitchers the Red Sox used last night Diekman was the only one that didn’t allow a run.

Now in the end it’s just one game of a 162-game season, but the fact that the Blue Jays scored 28 runs made the game different for most. I’d be very surprised if we see another team put up that many runs in a game the remainder of this season.

The Red Sox will look to bounce back in Game 2 of the series this afternoon. Kutter Crawford gets the start for Boston. Crawford is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 13 games four of which have been starts. While All-Star Alek Manoah will make the start for the Blue Jays. Manoah is 10-4 with an ERA of 2.28 in 18 starts.

These two teams wrap up their three-game series on Sunday.

Is there a rule in Major League baseball that when you show Los Angeles Angels highlights especially when they involve Shohei Ohtani that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about him?

I managed to catch the highlights of Otani’s start against the Atlanta Braves last night and they led with the fact that Ohtani struck out 10 or more batters in his fifth consecutive start. Oddly as the highlight was moving along, they seemed to wait as long as they possibly could before they mentioned that he took the loss and gave up six runs.

The Braves are the defending World Series champions and have a record of 57-38 this season. Atlanta has won seven of their last ten games and find themselves just a 1 1/2 behind the New York Mets for 1st place in the National League East, so it’s not a huge surprise when a pitcher has a rough outing against them.

It just seemed very strange to me that the highlights on the MLB Network seemed to not want to say that Ohtani gave up runs in his start last night. He’s pitched very well for a team that has been a disappointment this season. Even with the loss Ohtani has a record of 9-5 with an ERA of 2.80 in his 16 starts this season. Ohtani is racking up the strikeouts as he has fanned 134 batters in his 16 starts and has a Strikeout per 9 inning rate of 12.9. Ohtani ranks 6th in strikeouts overall and he is .02 percentage points ahead of Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox as the Strikeouts per 9 innings leader in all of baseball.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 20, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Juan Soto turned down the Washington nationals offer of a contract that would pay him a total of $440 million dollars. Now there were two different reports on how long the contract was, but it was either for 11 years or 15 years. Either way it would’ve been a very good payday for Soto.

Interestingly now that Soto has turned down the Nationals offer Washington has made it known that they would now listen to trade offers for Soto. You have to wonder what kind of a package the Nationals would ask for in return for Soto and how many teams could meet their asking price.

Soto is only 23 years old and doesn’t turn 24 until October, but this is his fifth year in the major leagues. Adding to Soto’s asking price is the fact that he isn’t eligible for free agency until 2025. That means whatever team acquires him they’d have him under control for two full seasons. That would give Soto’s new team some time to try and sign him long term.

Obviously when a player like Soto comes onto the trade market every contender is interested in trying to make a deal for him, but which team has a strong enough minor league system to get this deal done?

When you start talking about teams with quality minor league systems the first team that seems to come up is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were ranked 5th overall among minor league systems coming into this season. Would they be willing to part with a large number of their prospects to trade for a player like Soto?

Now of course there was talk of Soto being traded to either New York team be it the Mets or the Yankees, but I seriously doubt that will happen.

In the case of the Mets, I don’t think that the nationals would send Soto to another National League East team unless the package was just overwhelming and the Mets don’t have the farm system to do that. Coming into this season the Mets minor league system was ranked 20th, so there would be quite a few teams that could probably offer Washington better packages for Soto than the Mets will be able to.

The Yankees have expressed interest in adding an outfielder and Soto will easily be the best outfielder available, but can the Yankees find the pieces to make this deal? The Yankees farm system was ranked 13th coming into this season, so they’re in the top half of baseball. The Yankees seem to be loaded with top shortstops in their minor league system, so maybe they could put enough of them together in a trade to land Soto.

Now the teams ahead of the Dodgers rankings wise coming into this season are the Arizona Diamondbacks at #4, the Tampa Bay Rays at #3, the Seattle Mariners at #2 and the Baltimore Orioles had the top ranked farm system coming into this season.

Now the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be interested in trading for Soto as they’re in the middle of a rebuild themselves, but the other three teams could be possibilities.

It’s doubtful Tampa Bay would be able to sign Soto long term for the kind of money he’ll be looking for, but is it possible that they might be interested in renting him for a couple of seasons?

The mariners were expected to win this season and it took them a while to get going, but they headed into the All-Star break on a 14-game winning streak. Seattle’s general manager Jerry Dipto always seems to be looking to make a deal, so maybe this could be Soto’s landing spot.

What about the Orioles? Baltimore has probably been the biggest surprise in baseball heading into the All-Star break. The Orioles are .500 at 46-46 and while they’re 18 games behind the Yankees in the American League East they’re just 3 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. Could parting with a large number of prospects to get and hopefully sign Soto be the move that puts Baltimore’s rebuild over the hump?

It’s going to be tough for Nationals fans to watch a player like Soto be traded, but if Washington can acquire the right players in return for Soto, they can turn things around quickly and contend sooner rather than later.

So let me know where you think that Soto is going to end up. Or is it at all possible that he plays the next couple of seasons in Washington and then tries his luck on the free agent market.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: July 16, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Even though it doesn’t lead every newscast Covid-19 is still something we’re dealing with. Now every business handles it differently and there are still places were you still have to wear a mask. The same goes for countries as they all have their own rules. This is where sports and politics intersect.

If you remember during the NBA season when Kyrie Irving decided that he actually wanted to play he wasn’t allowed to play home games because of the Covid-19 rules in the state of New York. Irving also wasn’t allowed to enter the country of Canada either.

For Americans entering Canada they have to be fully vaccinated and this rule seems to have become more prevalent during baseball season.

Now earlier in the season there was a lot of talk about which New York Yankees would and wouldn’t be able to make the road trip to Toronto to play the Blue Jays, but with the season the Yankees have had that talk died down quickly. The Philadelphia Phillies just made a trip to Toronto, but their catcher J.T. Realmuto didn’t accompany the team as he is unvaccinated. Realmuto commented on how he wouldn’t be told what to put into his body, but this week the rules for entering Canada really stuck out.

This time it was the Kansas City Royals turn to take a road trip to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a four-game series. As it turned out the Royals had 10 players that wouldn’t be allowed to enter Canada due to their vaccination status.

Catchers Cam Gallagher and M.J. Melendez, reliever Dylan Coleman, starting pitchers Brad Keller and Brady Singer, 1st baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier, infielder Whit Merrifield and outfielders Michael A. Taylor and the Royals lone All-Star Andrew Benintendi won’t make the trip to Canada.

Now this has caused the Royals to place these 10 players on the restricted list and call up reinforcements from their Double-A and Triple-A teams. Now by being placed on the restricted list these players will have to forfeit service time and salary for the four-game series against the Blue Jays.

Unfortunately, I believe it was Merrifield who ended up not coming off well when he commented about not being vaccinated. Merrifield more or less mentioned that if he was playing for a contender, he probably would’ve gotten vaccinated. As you can guess that type of a comment didn’t sit well with a lot of people. While this doesn’t seem like the type of thing that will follow Merrifield around it just made him look bad.

Now the only player that this might have an effect on is Benintendi. As the trade deadline approaches Benintendi’s name has come up quite a bit in trade talks, but it appears as though with him being unvaccinated there’s one team that was linked to him that is no longer interested in dealing for him.

It’s been reported that the Yankees are in the market for an outfielder and Benintendi’s name has been associated with them. It came out this week that the Yankees would no longer pursue a deal for Benintendi because he isn’t vaccinated and wouldn’t be allowed to enter Canada for any series against the Blue Jays.

You’d have to think that any American League East team would back away from any deal involving Benintendi or any of the other unvaccinated Royals. Obviously, since Toronto plays in the American League East the other teams in that division make more trips to Canada than any other teams do. Plus, the Blue Jays are a playoff contender and would probably host at least one playoff game if they make the playoffs.

I’m sure there are plenty of teams that will still have interest in Benintendi as the trade deadline approaches, but you have to wonder if the news of his vaccination status has lowered his value on the trade market.

Player’s vaccination statuses aren’t revealed to the general public and they only way we can find out if they’re vaccinated or not is if their team has to play in Toronto. I know that teams have to exchange medical information any time a trade is made, but is a players vaccination status part of that? You’d have to think that any team interested in acquiring a player especially an American League East team would want to know if that player would be allowed to enter Canada if they had to play there.

Now on Thursday night the Royals with the reinforced lineup picked up a 3-1 win in Toronto. Last night the Blue Jays bounced back and beat the Royals 8-1. Who knows how the final two games of the series will go, but you’d have to think that Toronto will be the favortie to win both of those games. I’m sure there were a lot of people who didn’t think Kansas City would manage one win against the Blue Jays, but they actaully did that, so maybe they’ll find a way to win oine of the final two games and split this series.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 13, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re coming up on Major League Baseball’s All-Star break. Earlier this week the starters for the All-Star game as voted by the fans were announced along with the reserves and the pitchers for the game. Now any time there’s something like and All-Star game there are players that should’ve been on the teams that don’t make it and that’s the case this season.

I’ve seen some very long list from some very credible baseball reporters of players that should be playing in this year’s All-Star game but aren’t.

This situation is very much like the NCAA basketball tournament the field for that just like the rosters for the All-Star game have been expanded, but even with that you’ll still be able to find players or in the tournaments case teams that should’ve been in, but there just wasn’t room for.

Now with Major League Baseball or any other sport that has a fan voting for their Al-Star game you’re going to end up with players winning the fan vote that probably don’t belong in the game and that appears to be the case this year as well.

Let’s just take a look at a couple of starters that might not be All-Star’s if it wasn’t for the fans voting them in.

Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees would be the first guy I would ask about. Yes, Stanton does have 22 home runs, but he’s hitting .237 and has struck out 82 times in the 72 games that he’s played in. Stanton is one of six Yankees to make the American League All-Star team, but let’s face it if he wasn’t playing in New York would he be on this team?

In the National League William Contreras of the Atlanta Braves moved into the starting spot at Designated Hitter when Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies was injured and unable to play in the game. Harper beat out Contreras in the final fan voting to be the National League’s starter at Designated Hitter, but since he’s out injured the spot goes to the other person in the final voting and that was Contreras.

Right off the bat with Contreras is the fact that the Braves have played 89 games this season and Contreras has appeared in only 43 of them. that means he’s an All-Star who hasn’t even appeared in 50% of his team’s games. It’s not like with his limited playing time that Contreras is putting up out of these world numbers either. Contreras is hitting .273 with 11 home runs and 22 RBI’s. Are those really Al-Star numbers?

Now the Yankees have been the best team in baseball this season and the Braves are the defending World Series champions, so it’s no surprise that they ended up with the most All-Stars out of any teams. I mentioned that the Yankees led the American League with six All-Stars while the Braves led the National League with five All-Star selections.

I still think that you can question the selection of Stanton and Contreras, but if these are the players that the fans want to see then those are the players that should be in the game.

It’s also a nice story that this will be the first time since 2003 that brothers will be All-Stars. The last set of brothers to make an All-Star team where Brett and Aaron Boone in 2003. Now the last brothers to be starters in the All-Star game was in 1992 when Sandy and Roberto Alomar started for the American League. The Alomar’s where also the last pair of brothers to play for the same All-Star team in 1998 when they were both named to the American League squad.

as always, I’d like to turn the floor over to you. Who was your biggest All-Star snub? Feel free to have more than one if you choose to. I’ve seen multiple names come up in this category, so please feel free to name more than one player.

I actually have a second question for you this week. Will you be watching the Major League Baseball All-Star game? I feel it’s the closest to the actual game that it represents out of all the major sports, but that doesn’t mean people will watch or does it.

Don’t forget that you can still find me on Twitter @Burketime

How was your week

Posted: July 9, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well, it ended up taking some time, but the Cleveland Browns were finally able to deal quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The big rumor was that the team interested in acquiring Mayfield was the Carolina Panthers and sure enough that’s where he ended up. Carolina will send either a 4th or 5th round 2024 draft pick to Cleveland. Depending on how much Mayfield plays for the Panthers will depend on what draft choice the Browns will get.

It seemed that the biggest hang up with trading Mayfield was his salary. Mayfield was scheduled to make $18.8 million dollars next season. The Browns are going to pay $10.5 million dollars of Mayfield’s salary while the Panthers will pick up $4.85 million dollars of the money. Mayfield agreed to have the remainder of the money on his contract into incentives to help make this deal happen.

Even though Carolina acquired Mayfield they didn’t come right out and say that he’d be their starting quarterback. The Panthers also have another former 1st round pick on their roster in quarterback Sam Darnold. It appears as though the Panthers will have some type of quarterback competition in training camp to decide who the starting quarterback will be.

It’s interesting that both Mayfield and Darnold were part of the 2018 draft. Cleveland took Mayfield with the #1 overall pick in the draft while Darnold was selected by the New York Jets with the 3rd pick of the draft.

Mayfield has started 59 games in his NFL career and has a record of 29-30. In 2020 Mayfield led the Browns to a wild card berth with an 11-5 record as a starter. Darnold has made 49 starts in his NFL career including 11 starts for the Panthers last season and he has a record of 17-32 as a starter.

Will have to wait and see which one of these former 1st round picks ends up as the Panthers starting quarterback come Week 1, but no matter which one it is they’ll be trying to fulfill the promise they had when they were selected as high as they were in the 2018 draft.

If Carolina can get one of these quarterbacks to improve, they’re in an interesting position. The Panthers play in the NFC South and the only established team in that division right now seems to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New Orleans Saints have a new head coach for the first time since 2006 and their starting quarterback Jamies Winston still isn’t medically cleared to practice yet. The other team in the division is the Atlanta Falcons and it appears that they are still rebuilding their team.

I actually did hear some of the analysts say that they think that Carolina could get into the playoffs as a wild card team, but apparently that’s going to depend on how well whichever quarterback they end up starting plays.

Now interestingly the Panthers open the regular season on September 11th at home against the Browns. It’s possible we could see Mayfield starting against his old team in Week 1 of the NFL regular season.

With Mayfield out of Cleveland and the Browns awaiting a decision on the Deshaun Watson situation it appears as though Jacoby Brissett may end up being the starter in Cleveland when that Week 1 game against Carolina rolls around.

It appears as though there should be a decision rendered on Watson this week, but it’s unclear if or how long he’ll be suspended for. There are reports that the NFL has asked for Watson to be suspended for the entire season calling it an indefinite suspension while the NFL players union doesn’t think Watson should be suspended at all. I believe that Watson needs to get some type of suspension, but I really don’t have any idea how long that should be.

Let me know what you think about Watson. Should he be suspended? and if you think so, for how long?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 6, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

As you know I’m not watching baseball this season, but I am participating in my regular fantasy leagues, so I try to keep up with what’s going on. I heard yesterday about a player who a couple of the analysts on the MLB Network said was having a good season. I went through my fantasy leagues and found that this player is on a team that’s not starting him, so I thought I’d do some research and then try to make a trade.

Well, here’s what I found. This player who is having a good season has 16 home runs and 45 RBIs in 61 games this season. So, the power numbers are there and I’m guessing that’s what makes this a good season for this player because he’s hitting just .207 and has struck out 73 times. Now maybe it’s just me, but I don’t consider those numbers to be good. What do you think?

Sadly, this is the evolution of baseball due to analytics. Batting average is no longer important even though it is still good to get guys on base and I’m not sure how they’re supposed to do that unless they have a good batting average.

Home runs are always exciting, but with the way baseball has changed it seems as though the home run is all that matters.

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs with 29, but he’s also struck out 86 times. The National League leader in home runs is Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies. Schwarber has 25 home runs, but his batting average is just .219 and he’s struck out 101 times this season. Are these acceptable stats? Judge may have a large number of strikeouts, but he’s at least hitting a respectable .281 on the season.

Schwarber doesn’t even have the most strikeouts in baseball, he’s tied for 3rd with Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Eugenio Suarez of the Seattle Mariners has struck out the most this season, 112 times while Patrick Wisdom of the Chicago Cubs is right behind him with 106 strikeouts this season.

It seems strange, but analytics has taken making contact out of the game of baseball. Even now if a player has two strikes on them, they generally don’t shorten their swing and try to put the baseball in play. Instead, they continue to swing for the fences and that produces a lot of these strikeouts.

I can’t be the only fan who has an issue with an at bat when there’s a runner on 3rd base and one out and the batter can’t even put the ball in play because that batter is swinging for the fences instead of just trying to make some contact and drive the run in.

It seems like the excuse for this change in approach is money. They claim that home run hitters get paid and single hitters don’t. Now wouldn’t a player who hits well over .300 with a solid number of home runs still get paid or does a player have to hit 35 plus home runs to get that big payday? I would think that a player who can get himself on base would still be able to make a decent living in baseball, but apparently that’s no longer the case.

The other problem with this new approach to the game is that it’s made it boring to watch. Yeah, it’s great when a player does hit that home run but watching players strikeout over and over it’s very exciting to watch. How fun do you think it was for fans of the Los Angeles Angels to watch their players strikeout 20 times in a game against the Houston Astros this past weekend?

Now it would’ve been one thing if it would’ve been the Astros starter who was getting these 20 strikeouts in a game on his way to a shutout or even a no-hitter, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was four Astros pitcher who combined to strikeout 20 Angels in a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

Don’t forget that the Angels lineup features two players that are considered among the best in Major League Baseball in Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. Just for the record Trout and Ohtani each struck out twice in that game.

Now attendance for this game was 36,048 and fortunately for those fans even with all of the strikeouts the game only took 3 hours and 23 minutes to play.

I get that this is the way baseball is now and there’s nothing I can do about it until someone smartens up and makes a change that works. Of course, that doesn’t mean I have to like the way the game is played today.

I know this is a board topic here, but I’d like to know how you feel about the way baseball has changed. Do you like it? Or don’t you like it?

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