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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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

All off season it’s been said that the Toronto Blue Jays would be active in the free agent market. Well until yesterday they hadn’t made any big free agent signings, but they changed that yesterday as they landed two of the bigger free agents on the market.

It had been reported that there where two teams with serious interest in George Springer; the New York Mets and the Blue Jays. Well yesterday it was the Blue Jays that landed the free agent outfielder. It took a 6 year $150 million dollar contract to bring Springer into the Blue Jays line up.

To this point Springer had spent his entire seven year career as a member of the Houston Astros. Springer has played more games in rightfield than any of the other outfield positions, but for the Blue Jays he’ll be their everyday centerfielder. That means Randall Grichuk will have to moved either to another position in the Blue Jays outfield or possibly designated hitter. Will have to wait and see how the Blue Jays line up defensively in 2021.

Springer is a career .270 hitter and has reached 30 plus home runs twice over his seven seasons. What will be interesting will be to see where Springer fits into the Blue Jays batting order. Springer more or less always led off for the Astros. At one point in his Houston Career they tried to move him down in the order to take advantage of his power and see if he could drive in more runs. Unfortunately he struggled after the Astros moved him out of the lead off spot and it wasn’t long before they realized it was a mistake and moved him right back to the top of their batting order. If Springer does take over as the Blue Jays lead of hitter it will allow Toronto’s young players like Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to move down in the batting order and might take a little pressure off of them.

Springer will also upgrade the Blue Jays defense. While Grichuk was a solid defender he’s not in the same class as Springer, but keeping Grichuk in the outfield will also help Toronto’s defense. You have to think that it’s going to end up being Teoscar Hernandez who’s oved to the designated hitter role and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will continue to be the everyday leftfielder.

Now Springer wasn’t the only big signing the Blue Jays made yesterday. Toronto also answered their question at closer by signing now former San Diego Padres closer Kirby Yates.

Yates signed a one year deal with the Blue Jays. Yates will make $5.5 million dollars guaranteed, but has incentives in his contract that could added another $4.5 million dollars to his deal.

Now adding the incentives to Yates’ contract makes sense for Toronto as he only pitched in 6 games last season covering just 4 1/3rd innings due to injury. Now in 2019 Yates led Major League baseball in saves with 41 and posted an ERA of 1.19. Obviously that’s the closer the Blue Jays are hoping they signed and if Yates does return to that form he’ll be a free agent again next season and can try to get an even bigger deal then.

The Blue Jays also added one more arm as they signed right hander Tyler Chatwood to a one year $3 million dollar deal.

It appears right now that Chatwood will fill a role in the Blue Jays bullpen, but he has plenty of starting experience if the Blue Jays need to call on him. Remember that Toronto is planning on having Nate Pearson in their starting rotation and this will be his first full year at the Major League level; so it won’t be a surprise if his innings are monitored closely. So it’s possible that Chatwood could be the guy if Pearson is skipped in the rotation or if someone in the Blue Jays starting rotation gets injured Chatwood could easily step in and fill that starting role.

What do you think of these moves the Blue Jays made? Of course the biggest question is; do these moves make them competitive with the New York Yankees in the American League East?

Chatwood is now a former Chicago Cub and two other now former Cubs starting pitcher found new homes yesterday.

First it was Jon Lester who signed a one year deal with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals inked Lester to a very team friendly deal for 2021 as he’ll make $5 million dollars. Lester’s contact does include a mutual option for the 2022 season.

The other Cubs pitcher to sign yesterday was Jose Quintana. He received a one year $8 million dollar deal from the Los Angeles Angels. This means that Quintana will be reunited with former Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Well it looks like we’re finally starting to see some of the free agent with name value gets signed. That makes me wonder; how long before a team steps up and signs Trevor Bauer?

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How was your week

Posted: January 16, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Baseball fans have been patiently waiting for the free agent market to heat up and this week there where two signings that might get the market started as it’s just a little over a month before pitcher and catchers report to spring training.

Earlier this week the Chicago White Sox signed the top closer on the free agent market Liam Hendricks to a three year $54 million dollar deal with an option for a fourth year. Alex Colome had been handling the closing duties for the White Sox the last two seasons, but Chicago allowed him to go into free agency this off season; so they needed someone to fill that role and they signed the best available player on the free agent market to do that.

Hendricks will turn 32 years old next month and is new to the closing role, but seems to have taken to it well. After eight seasons as a starter/long reliever Hendricks stepped into the closers role for the Oakland A’s in 2019 and posted 25 saves. Last season Hendricks appeared in 24 games with an ERA of 1.78 and 14 saves. Since Hendricks is a former starter he can also give a team saves of multiple innings which isn’t always the case in bullpens today. It will be interesting to see if new White Sox manager Tony LaRussa will utilize Hendricks for more than one inning at a time this coming season.

While Hendricks found himself a new team on the free agent market the other free agent signing went back to the team he spent the last couple of seasons with.

There appeared to be a lot of interest in D.J. LeMahieu this off season, but in the end he decided to return to the New York Yankees. Yesterday LeMahieu and the Yankees agreed on a six year $90 million dollar deal that should keep LeMahieu in Yankee pinstripes for the remainder of his playing career.

LeMahieu joined the Yankees as a free agent before the 2019 season and has posted two quality seasons for them. LeMahieu finished 4th in the MVP voting in 2019 and last season he moved up to 3rd in the MVP voting. LeMahieu won the American League batting title last season and while analytics have de-emphasize batting average LeMahieu is still the first player to win a batting title in each league during the modern era of baseball.

The modern era of baseball begins in 1900 and Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty won the batting title in each league at that time. In 1899 Delahanty won the NL batting title with the Philadelphia Phillies and then in 1902 Delahanty won the AL batting title with the Washington Senators, but there are some questions about the 1899 batting title; so it’s unclear if Delahanty actually accomplished this feat.

Now according to research Pete Browning won the 1882 and 1885 batting titles with the Louisville Eclipse of the American Association. Then Browning went on to win the batting title in 1890 with the Cleveland Infants who where part of the Players’ League.

It’s also being reported that the Yankees have agreed to a one year $11 million dollar deal with free agent pitcher Cory Kluber.

Kluber had a showcase to show that he was healthy and about 25 MLB teams showed up to watch him and be all reports he was impressive.

The Yankees where in need of some starting pitching; so Kluber will help them with that as long as he’s healthy. Kluber made one start last season for the Texas Rangers and lasted just one innings before and arm injury ended his 2020 season. in 2019 Kluber made just seven starts for the Cleveland Indians before his first arm injury shut him down. If Kluber can return to the form that won him two Cy Young awards the Yankees might have gotten a steal with this signing.

There was another what you’d call under the radar signing this week as the Phillies added another piece to their bullpen that gave them so much trouble last season. Philadelphia added Archie Bradley to their bullpen on a one year $6 million dollar deal.

Bradley becomes the third reliever the Phillies have added to their bullpen this season either by trade or by free agent signing. Bradley joins the other new acquisitions Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod. It’s unclear if Bradley will sub plant Hector Neris as Philadelphia’s closer or if he’ll become the main set up main out of their bullpen. Bradley has done both roles in his pitching career; so will have to see how Philadelphia’s new manager Joe Girardi will handle him.

What do you think of these free agent signings?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

It’s possible there could be two young starting NFL quarterbacks available on the trade market this off season. Both Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans seem dissatisfied with their current teams.

Wentz started 12 games for the Eagles and they went 3-8-1 with him as that starting quarterback before being replaced by rookie Jalen Hurts. He threw for 2620 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Wentz is just 28 years old, but the biggest issue if the Eagles decided to trade him will be his contract. Wentz has four years left on his contract and has a cap hit of $30 plus million dollars in each of those four seasons. That would be asking a team to take on a lot of cap money for a quarterback who has had some injury issues and really struggled last season. Also the Eagles just fired their head coach Doug Pedersen and you have to wonder if part of the process of bringing in a new head coach could be to find someone who can get Wentz back on track.

Now Watson is coming off of a career year. Watson threw for 4823 yards with 33 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. He also ran for 444 yards. Even with Watson having his best season the Texans still went 4-12. The Texans where the first team to fire their head coach who also happened to be their general manager as well; so Watson new he’d be playing for a new audience. During the season Watson didn’t say much about the Texans situation, but as soon as the Texans hired their new general manager Watson started complaining. Apparently Watson was upset that he wasn’t included in the Texans general manager search. Now the Texans still need a head coach and Watson has complained the they didn’t have any interest in interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for that vacancy. Will have to see how this plays out as Watson has a no trade clause that he’d have to waive if he tries to force his way out of Houston, but just like Wentz he has a large contract that a team would have to take on. Watson has five years left on his contract and any team taking him in a deal would be picking up a cap hit of over $40 million dollars for a couple of seasons.

Even though there are plenty of NFL teams that would be much improved with a quarterback like Watson I’m not sure how many of them can take on his contract.

As for Wentz he’s going to have to find a team that thinks he still become the player Philadelphia saw when they used the 2nd pick in the 2016 draft to get him.

Now I’m not sure where or how this rumor got started, but there are a lot of people talking about how the Miami Dolphins will be the team to step up and trade for Watson. Now Miami does have the #3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft and this is a pick they actually got from the Texans from a trade made last season. I know that the Dolphins just missed the playoffs this season, but they’d have to give up a lot to get a quarterback like Watson including their what appears to be franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami has a lot of draft capital and appears to be in a good spot to add a lot of quality young players to their mix. While having Watson at quarterback would be an upgrade from Tagovailoa I’m not sure it’s the best move for them.

What do you think the Dolphins should do? Do they use those draft picks and Tagovailoa to try and acquire from the Texans? Or should they use those draft picks to add to the young core of players they have now?

Unfortunately for Wentz his name hasn’t come up in any trade rumors as of yet and that may not happen until the Eagles hire a new head coach.

Where do you think Watson and Wentz will be playing next season?

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How was your week

Posted: January 9, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It’s NFL wild card weekend. Now remember there where two extra teams added to the playoffs this season; so instead of four wild card games there are six games to kickoff wild card weekend.

Adding the extra playoff games means some extra television money for the NFL, but in a season where some teams had no fans in attendance and some teams had just a limited number of fans in the stands some extra television money wouldn’t hurt.

Let’s have a quick look at this weekends games.

The first game is scheduled to kickoff today at 12:05 p.m. on CBS as the Indianapolis Colts visit the Buffalo Bills.

The second game is scheduled to kickoff at 3:40 p.m. on Fox as the Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks.

The final Saturday game is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff on NBC and it has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveling to Washington to face the Football Team.

On Sunday the first game is scheduled to kickoff at 12:05 p.m. and it will be on ABC and ESPN. This game features the Baltimore Ravens at the Tennessee Titans.

The second game has a scheduled kickoff time of 3:40 p.m. and is on CBS. It has the Chicago Bears visiting the New Orleans Saints.

The final wild card game of the weekend is on NBC and it has a scheduled kickoff time of 7:15 p.m. This game has the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Cleveland Browns.

Now yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu made his picks for these games and here’s who he’s going with. In today’s games he likes the Buffalo Bills, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In tomorrow’s games Schaumburg Stu is going with the Baltimore Ravens the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now since we live in the Chicago area I added an extra pick for Schaumburg Stu. The line for the Bears/Saints game had New Orleans favored by as much as 10 points; so I had Schaumburg Stu make a pick just like he was betting on the game. Even though they’re a 10 point favorite Schaumburg Stu still likes the Saints. That means he has the Saints beating the Bears by more than 10 points tomorrow.

Now I’d like to know your picks for these games. Let me know who you think will win these wild card weekend games and just like Schaumburg Stu let me know how you feel about the Saints Bears game and if you’d be willing to bet on the Saints and give those 10 points or if you’d take the Bears in that game with those 10 points.

After a 6-10 season the Dallas Cowboys have decided that they needed to make some coaching changes to their defense that ranked 28th in scoring this season.

It has been reported that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula have been fired. There’s no word yet on who might be the frontrunners to file these two coaching vacancies.

Through the first six games of the season Nolan’s defense gave up 218 points. That  tied for the third-worst mark in NFL history. For the season Nolan’s defense gave up 473 points which was the most in the history of the Cowboys. Nolan’s defense ranked 31st against the run and against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens the Cowboys defense gave up over 290 rushing yards.

Looking at the numbers you can see why the Cowboys are making a change. Now will just have to wait and see who Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy hire for these coaching openings.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

It seems like we’re just sitting around waiting for a Major League Baseball team to make a major free agent signing. There have been some rumors about George Springer talking to teams, but there have been no real attempts made to sign him that we know of. Other than that you’d have to say the biggest free agent signing so far has been James McCann going to the New York Mets on a 4 year $40 million dollar deal.

Now yesterday we did have Robbie Grossman leaving the Oakland A’s to sign with the Detroit Tigers. Grossman signed a 2 year $10 million dollar deal with the Tigers. Blake Treinen decided to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a two year deal. Treinen will get $17.5 million dollars guarantee that includes an $8 million dollars club option or a $1.5 million dollar buyout for 2023.

Now these are the type of signings that teams make to round out their rosters, but Grossman and Treinen are hardly big names. Now it does look like will at least have a decision on one of the bigger free agent names out their in a day or two.

Teams are going to have to make a decision on if they’re interested in Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano. Now there have been multiple teams linked to Sugano, but as far as we know there have been no contract numbers exchanged. It has been reported that Sugano arrived in the United States this week; so you’d think that would point to a signing with an MLB team, but no one seems to be sure what’s going on. Sugano does have a 4 year contract offer from his Japanese League team the Yomiuri Giants waiting for him if there are no MLB teams willing to sign him.

Just about every team who could use some help in there starting rotation has been linked to Sugano. There where some reports that the New York Mets might be the frontrunner to sign Sugano, but the Mets have came out and said that they’re no longer in the bidding for Sugano and it appears as though they’re turning their focus on signing reliever Brad Hand. Even if the Mets are truly out on Sugano there are still plenty of MLB teams that could use some help in their starting rotation.

Sugano is a 31 year old right handed pitcher who is coming off a great season in the Japanese League. Sugano went 14-2 with an ERA of 1.97. He made 20 starts covering 137 1/3rd innings with 3 complete game shutouts. Sugano struck out 131 batters while walking 25 and he allowed just 8 home runs last season.

Do you have Sugano signing with an MLB team? Or do you see him returning to Japan for the upcoming season?

Another player who seems to be generating quite a bit of interest lately has been Yasiel Puig. Last season Puig had an agreement to join the Atlanta Braves, but he tested positive for Covid-19 and the offer was rescinded. Puig ended not playing in the shorten 2020 season, but that hasn’t stopped teams from kicking the tires on him for the 2021 season.

As of now there are at least five teams that have expressed some type of interest in Puig. The Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles have all shown varying degrees of interest in Puig and there could be more teams that we don’t know about.

It makes sense for teams to look at Puig. He has 20 plus home run power and has one of if not the best outfield arm in MLB. Also he’ll be a much cheaper option than a free agent like George Springer who is asking for between $25 and $30 million dollars a season.

Do you see Puig signing with one of the five teams that have been reported to have interest in him? Or do you see another team coming in and signing Puig? Let me know who you think Puig will end up signing with.