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Marcus Stroman Calls Out Michael Kay Over Lack of Diversity

“This run-in with Kay also isn’t the first time he’s had issues with the New York Sports radio scene concerning race.”

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New York Mets players have been going to battle against their fans over the past week. It’s opened up some old wounds between New York sports radio and pitcher Marcus Stroman.

Stroman aired his frustrations against angry fans on Twitter. All while Javy Baez and Francisco have made gestures and booed back at fans during games. Michael Kay and the rest of the crew discussed the issue on The Michael Kay Show.

“He can’t let it go,” Kay said of Stroman. “Don’t you think it’s up to the Mets – either their front office of their PR to call up Marcus Stroman now? ‘Listen, Marcus, stand down. Just for the day, stop! This isn’t helping things, you’re going to war with the fans?’”

New York is currently seven games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the National League East and has gone 3-7 in their past ten games.

“What is he doing right now?” Kay continued on the show. “It’s like he’s antagonizing people. And this is a guy who should know better. A highly educated athlete with a degree from Duke.”

Stroman heard about the comments and responded on Twitter by calling out the diversity record on Kay’s show.

Stroman has used social media to positively interact with fans, but he isn’t afraid to call out racial biases that stand out to him. The pitcher criticized Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Bob Brenly when he called out Stroman’s do-rag. This run-in with Kay also isn’t the first time he’s had issues with the New York Sports radio scene concerning race.

In April, Stroman labeled WFAN hosts as “clowns pushing a racist agenda.” The comment even prompted Craig Carton to get involved despite the thoughts not being directed towards him or his show. The MLB regular season ends in less than a month, but it can’t come soon enough for the Mets.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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