The question for Major League Baseball has recently turned from ‘when can they start the season,’ to ‘how can they start a season?’
Everyone is eager for sports to return from its COVID-19 caused hiatus, and fans are seemingly ready to take games any way they can get them. Without fans in the seats, with fake crowd noise, without traditional divisions, with the DH in both leagues – various scenarios have been discussed.
Last week, MLB offered their proposal to the players union which included financial givebacks and specific guidelines of how to keep everyone safe. During his Sunday morning show on WFAN, iconic radio host Mike Francesa reacted to some of those “absurd guidelines.”
“You’ve always wanted to get close to the players if you’re a fan, well maybe not anymore,” Francesa said. “Because players will be discouraged from showering at the stadium after games.”
Francesa, a noted stock trader, also offered fans some advice regarding Uber and Lyft, because according to the recently proposed plan by MLB, players won’t be allowed to use taxis or ride-sharing services.
“If you own Uber or Lyft stock – sell it,” Francesa said. “Because the players aren’t using it, they’re being discouraged from using ride-sharing. So on Monday, check Uber, see how it does because this could be a major hit for them because no taxis and no ride-sharing apps are to be used on the road.” Major League Baseball has discussed increasing team roster sizes to 50 players for the unusual season, which would mean 1,500 less Uber and Lyft customers.
Francesa touched on more of the proposed guidelines, including MLB encouraging fielders and baserunners to practice social distancing during games.
“How absurd is this, this almost makes you wanna close it down. Fielders would be encouraged to retreat several steps away from baserunners between pitches. Really,” Francesa said with disgust. “The guy takes a lead from second, instead of the second baseman cheating toward the bag to make sure he’s holding the runner on you want him to run away from the player? That sounds like a good strategy.”
Francesa also commented on the league mandating multiple temperature screenings for each player daily. Mike took the idea one step further, suggesting they post the players temperatures on the scoreboard and selling sponsorships for it. “You’re not only posting their batting average, OBP, RBIs and homeruns, you post their temperature at game time. ‘Game time temperature 98.6.’ You know Trout will have a 98.6 anyway, you don’t have to worry about it, he’s the perfect player,” added Francesa.
“How utterly ridiculous has this whole thing gotten,” he later said.
While Francesa does not appear to be a fan of the guidelines that Major League Baseball deems necessary for the sport to safely return to action, he’s also been notably outspoken against President Trump’s handling of COVID-19.
His late March tirade about the president garnered close to three million views before Francesa had it removed from social media.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA
“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”
Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.
“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”
Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.
He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.
Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take
“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.
The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.
“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”
Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.
Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.
“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”
He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.
“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”
Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”