Scott Boras is, in many ways, the archenemy of all Major League Baseball owners. His job is to persuade them to spend their money by signing his clients. He is very good at his job. Let’s be clear; when Boras says MLB is being destroyed by the “rebuilding” approach, he says that with the goal of getting fans riled up so they put more pressure on the owners to go out and spend.
I despised Alex Rodriguez toward the end of his playing career. He was a Yankee. He was busted for using performance-enhancing drugs. I was young, still considered the New York Yankees the “Evil Empire,” and couldn’t understand why anyone would cheat the game of baseball by taking banned substances. I don’t want to get into the whole PED discussion. That’s not why I’m here. I will say that I was one of the many people calling for then-commissioner Bud Selig to hand down the dreaded lifetime ban in 2013. “A-Roid” was easy to hate.
It’s an NLCS rematch with the Cubs and Dodgers meeting again at this penultimate stage. Chicago needed everything it had to get past the Washington Nationals. L.A., on the other hand, didn’t struggle at all in brushing aside the Arizona Diamondbacks. Host Mitch Gatzke details all the important stuff from the Division Series and gets us as prepared as we can be for what’s sure to be a clash for the ages. Continue reading
The Astros and Yankees have made it to the ALCS. They did so in different ways; Houston disposing of Boston quite easily, New York taking out Cleveland in an epic five-game set. Nevertheless, they’re both one step from the World Series. Host Mitch Gatzke walks us through the highlights of both Division Series, with all the moments and facts you’ll want to remember. Then, we dive into a preview of what’s to come. To finish up, a good friend and our Resident Red Sox Fan, Chaise Spangler, drops by to help sort out what just happened and what’s next for his team. Continue reading
The Diamondbacks won an absolutely insane Wild Card Game against the Rockies. Arizona now heads to Los Angeles for a showdown with the Dodgers. How did the D-backs make it past Wednesday night? And what now? Stay tuned for answers to both of those questions. But first, host Mitch Gatzke works through a showdown series between the Nationals and the defending champion Cubs. Later in the show, our Cubs correspondent, Reid Maus, stops by to talk about the series against the Washington. Continue reading
The New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins in a wild Wild Card Game on Tuesday night. They get to play the Cleveland Indians as a reward. Host Mitch Gatzke is joined by his good friend and our Indians Insider, Evan Skilliter, to discuss that series from a Tribe fan’s perspective. Before that, hear full previews of both ALDS matchups, including what to watch for and home run picks for each and every game!
At long last, October has arrived and with it, postseason baseball. First up is the Wild Card round. The Minnesota Twins became the first team ever to go from 100 losses to a playoff appearance in just one year. They travel to New York to face the new-look Yankees on Tuesday night. In the National League, the West division sends its second and third place finishers to the Wild Card game to determine who’ll get another shot at the first place Los Angeles Dodgers. The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet for the twentieth time this season, in a battle between two more surprise playoff teams. Host Mitch Gatzke has compiled quite the sneak peek with history lessons, marquee matchups, home run picks, and everything else you need to know for both games. He even makes predictions so you can poke fun at him later for being wrong. Take a listen and get ready for postseason baseball. Continue reading
It’s official. There have been more home runs hit in the 2017 Major League Baseball season than in any other season ever before. Why? How? Host Mitch Gatzke has given up trying to find an explanation. It’s time to simply enjoy what we’re witnessing. CC Sabathia has moved to 18th on the all-time strikeouts leaderboard. Is his career worthy of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame though? Mitch hopes it will be by the time CC decides to hang ’em up. The Red Sox and Yankees are running neck and neck in the AL East. Who has the easier road down the stretch and will that even matter? Mitch will be in Cincinnati watching the Sox this weekend, too. Speaking of Cincinnati, Joey Votto is the modern day Ted Williams and deserves the 2017 NL MVP Award, despite being stuck on a last place team. Hear Mitch explain why one of baseball’s deeply embedded unwritten rules must be broken this year.
Wow. The Cleveland Indians can’t stop winning. The Los Angeles Dodgers finally stopped losing on Tuesday night. The Chicago Cubs are scuffling again, with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers still lying in wait. There are four crucial series on tap this weekend. The AL MVP race is a rounding into a tossup between two stud second baseman. Host Mitch Gatzke is stumped by a rules question and needs your help. All this on a jam-packed 19th edition of Ducks on the Pod! Continue reading
The ice is in. It’s been painted. The first octopus has been tossed onto it, scraped off of it, and twirled around in the air over it. We’re barreling toward the opening of Detroit’s latest attraction, Little Caesar’s Arena, the new home of the Red Wings and Pistons.
I’m excited. I think we all are, here in Detroit. It’s been four years since the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and the transformation from then to now has been swift. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of work to be done. There always will be. The public school system is at the top of the list (as it is for most metropolitan areas, if we’re being fair). But those who were here 10 years ago cannot deny that things are much better now than they were then.