ESPN’s Jeff Passan on How Much Longer MLB Will Have to Suffer Angel Hernandez | The Rich Eisen Show

18 Apr

Major League Baseball faces a significant issue with Angel Hernandez, whose consistent poor performance, particularly with an erratic strike zone, has frustrated players, managers, and announcers alike early in the season and for a long time beforehand. The fact that MLB can’t make Hernandez more accountable and fire his inept ass immediately just underlies what a joke rob Manfred is as baseball commissioner.

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Mets Place Kodai Senga on 60-Day IL; Designate Julio Teheran for Assignment

10 Apr

Now the soonest we can see Senga is on May 27. And there must be something more to the Teheran story because to release him after just one start smells really fishy. And oh yeah, Trevor Bauer is still out there unsigned, but I guess we’re too ‘principled’ to give him a shot even after that woman lied on him regarding those sexual abuse allegations.

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Bronny James Declares for the 2024 NBA Draft

5 Apr

Props to the kid for coming back from that heart scare he had last year, but this move to declare for the draft now just smells fishy. Start with the fact that he had a very mediocre 1st year playing Div. 1 college basketball and of course, we all know how bad his dad LeBron wants to play with him in the NBA. Hell, that’s probably the main reason LBJ is still playing in the League as he approaches 40.

But Bronny clearly isn’t ready for the NBA and nor should he be drafted by any team. Instead, he should take advantage of the transfer portal and go to a less high profile Division 1 team that has a coach with a system that he can start and flourish in, get another year under his belt and hopefully if he stays healthy and does well, declare for the NBA draft next year. Because otherwise, if Bronny does get drafted it’ll undoubtedly be for Lebron’s sake and that just makes Adam Silver and the NBA look bad, really bad.

Today’s Mets Lineup Was Brought to You by the Analytic Nerds

30 Mar

Granted, when your starting pitcher gives up 6 runs, like Luis Severino did today, it’s hard enough to win. But when you got some dude named Tyrone Taylor batting cleanup and a .174 lifetime hitter named Zack Short also in your starting lineup (which should simply be some combo of Nimmo, Lindor, McNeil, Marte, Alonso and Stewart as your DH in the 1 through 6 spots until JD Martinez is ready imo), one thing becomes crystal clear: new manager Carlos Mendoza is beholden to the analytic nerds. And that’s not a good sign for 2024.

Ice Cube Offers Caitlin Clark $5M to Play 8 Games in the BIG3

27 Mar

While I understand that women’s college basketball is hot on so many levels right now, this move by Cube makes zero sense. First, why Caitlin Clark of all people, when you could spread that money out and help a bunch of female basketball players. Yeah, Caitlin’s the most talked about women’s athlete on the planet, but talents like Angel Reese and Juju Watkins aren’t far behind in both skill and popularity. In other words this stinks of a PR move by Cube. Then too is the fact a lot of women basketball players on the collegiate level and pro level (esp. the black one’s) are going to be screaming ‘Why not me?’ and when you consider the amount of money most of them make, they have every right to be upset. And $5M for just 8 games?!? Why not just start a female version of the BIG3 instead, if you’re really ballin’ like that. Cube, I’m a little disappointed in you.

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Shohei Ohtani Says He Never Gambled on Sports or Asked Anyone to Do it For Him

25 Mar

To think that such a trusted confidant could be embroiled in such a scandal is crazy. The accusations of “massive theft” as well as the revelation of Ohtani’s purported agreement to settle gambling debts totaling $4.5 million not only tarnishes the image of Ohtani, but also raises serious questions about trust and integrity within the MLB. That said, I believe Ohtani if only because he seemed pretty sincere and genuine about the whole thing..

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