The All-Star Game would have been Tuesday in Los Angeles, so we made our selections based on what we expect in the shortened season.
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BBTN: Gregor Chisholm on where the Blue Jays will play; Marly Rivera on Aroldis Chapman's positive COVID-19 test; Marc Topkin on which Rays players haven't been practicing
The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm joins Buster to discuss where things stand with where the Blue Jays will play, Travis Shaw walking back his self-isolation comments and teams visiting Toronto being overlooked (5:46). Then, Marly Rivera joins the pod to talk about Aroldis Chapman’s positive COVID-19 test, how he’s feeling and what it means for the Yankees’ relief corps (18:06). Later, the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin hops on to get into how he’s covering the Rays during the coronavirus spike in Florida, who hasn’t been seen on the field in the last week and how the front office handles the possibility of missing so many key players to start the season (28:03).
Delino DeShields, who tested positive for COVID-19 before the Indians resumed training in Cleveland, worked out with his teammates for the first time on Saturday.
The 2nd Hour kicked off with a couple breaking news stories: The NFL doing something about DeSean Jackson's message about Jewish people and the Pac-12's decision to go conference only this season. And, talk on the Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Baseball Team about changing their names. Then, "Radio Tinder."
BBTN: Boog Sciambi on waking up at 3 a.m. to call KBO, the Mets, crowd noise. Plus, Todd Radom on Yankee Stadium
Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss, how he’s adjusted to getting up at 3 a.m. calling KBO games, why he loves watching Lee Jung-hoo, the Mets fanbase, pumping music or crowd noise into a stadium during games and ignoring medical professionals (5:59). Plus, Todd Radom on Yankee Stadium and the weekly quiz (29:35).
The guys reacted to Stephen Jackson's apology for "defending" DeSean Jackson and Julian Edelman's IG message to DeSean. Plus, new names for the Cleveland Indians. And, is Rajon Rondo "hotel shaming?" Also, "Game of Games" and Crosstalk with Allen Sliwa.
Indians OF Franmil Reyes says he learned from what happened over the weekend and vowed to not do it again.
BBTN: MLB has a 98.2% negative coronavirus test rate, Yankees look like they're having fun, Manfred should addressing the media everyday
Marly Rivera joins Buster to discuss the completion of MLB’s intake process that yielded a 98.2% negative test rate for coronavirus, player comfort and accountability as summer camp is underway, and the Yankees looking like they’re having a good time playing baseball (3:48). Plus, Karl Ravech stops by to talk about Steve Cohen emerging as the favorite to buy the Mets, why he thinks baseball will be played, Kris Bryant’s trepidation about returning and his observations covering KBO as MLB’s return is on the horizon (15:16).
The Indians have cleared Franmil Reyes to return to workouts after he was isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend.
Bomani addresses why “the money” was right for Washington’s football team and Cleveland’s baseball team to consider a name change (1:00), why he really hopes Cam Newton plays well with the Patriots (28:29) and why DeSean Jackson made a colossal error despite thinking he was putting us up “on game” (41:10). Plus, your voicemails from when you accidentally got caught up in a “rough” neighborhood you didn’t expect (51:57).
MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46).
The Indians aren't letting Franmil Reyes practice with the team after he was spotted at a party not wearing a mask.
First Take 1st Hour: Pat Mahomes gets a big deal, Trump tweets on teams, and what does Mahomes' deal mean for Dak Prescott?
Stephen A. & Max react to Patrick Mahomes' record deal, debate what President Trumps tweets on sports team names mean, and what does Patrick Mahomes' new deal mean for Dak Prescott's contract talks with the Cowboys?
The dates for baseball's 60-game sprint of a season are officially set. Here's what we can't wait to see once the games begin.
President Donald Trump defended the Redskins and Indians team nicknames, saying that they should not be changed.
BBTN: Dave Schoenfield on Cleveland changing its name and players expressing skepticism about playing; Sarah Langs on the David Price opting out
David Schoenfield joins Buster to discuss Cleveland’s decision to review its name, possible names to replace the Indians, Freddie Freeman getting sick, Mike Trout, Sean Doolittle and Buster Posey’s skepticism about playing, and what the tipping point could be to shut the season down (7:16). Later, Sarah Langs drops by to talk about her aversion to spiders and what losing David Price means to the Dodgers (26:02).
Cleveland manager Terry Francona won't sidestep the hot-button topic any longer. He believes the Indians need to change their contentious nickname.
Indians bench coach Brad Mills is opting out of the season to be with his family.
The Cleveland Indians will "determine the best path forward" regarding their team name amid renewed calls for racial equality and social justice, the team announced in a statement Friday.
Indians president of baseball operations said outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. tested positive for the coronavirus before coming to Cleveland and is being quarantined.
Spring training 2.0 ... or summer camp? No matter what you call it, baseball's road back to the field starts today. Here's what you need to get up to speed.
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