Here is the rundown for the Tuesday, January 13th edition of Baseball Beat with Charley Steiner live from Los Angeles, California. All times eastern.
Guest: Hal Bodley, MLB.com
Guest: Rickey Henderson, Hall of Famer
Guest: Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
Guest: Mike Cameron, Outfielder, Miilwaukee Brewers
Guest: Paul White, USA Today Sports Weekly
Guest: Joe Simpson, Broadcaster, Atlanta Braves
Guest: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News (Rangers Beat)
Bodley discussed national headlines including Rickey Henderson as the quintessential Hall of Famer, need for change in voting standards on account of writers leaving daily newspapers for the Internet, broadcasters should be added to the pool of voters, previewing the 2010 class headlines by Roberto Alomar, whether a pure designated hitter will ever make the Hall of Fame, Derek Lowe signing with the Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz leaving Atlanta to sign with the Boston Red Sox, how the Red Sox off-season has essentially centered on signing multiple veteran free agents (Smoltz, Brad Penny, Rocco Baldelli, Mark Kotsay), and Manny Ramirez’s chances of signing a long-term deal. Henderson discussed being voted into the Hall of Fame including his approach at the plate, recalling all the teams he played for, wearing an Oakland A’s cap into the Hall of Fame, trying to extend the years of his career, and his favorite “Rickey story” was the not true John Olerud helmet story. Ryan discussed Jim Rice and the Boston Red Sox including off-season work by Theo Epstein in bringing in John Smoltz and other veterans on short-term deals, Jed Lowrie as the long-term answer at shortstop, believes Jacoby Ellsbury will take a giant leap in 2009 without Coco Crisp around, Red Sox rotation able to compete with New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. Cameron discussed playing with Rickey Henderson in San Diego, how Henderson taught him confidence, told some of his favorite Rickey Henderson stories, and Milwaukee Brewers off-season. White discussed national headlines including yesterday’s Hall of Fame vote, Derek Lowe’s signing in Atlanta, and remaining free agent destinations. Simpson discussed the Atlanta Braves including Derek Lowe’s signing, loss of John Smoltz provided the opening for Lowe, rebuilt rotation, Frank Wren getting unjustified flack from fans on account of the Braves difficult off-season, and how strange this year and spring will be without Skip Carey and Pete Van Wieren broadcasting Braves games in 2009. Grant discussed the Texas Rangers including Michael Young’s trade request following the Rangers request for him to move to third base, Young’s contract makes him nearly untradeable, and prospect Elvis Andrus is expected to be the Rangers starting shortstop in 2009.
Scald Dog by Dr. John
Shake It Up by The Cars
Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem
Oh, Atlanta by Little Feat
Legs by ZZ Top
Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash
Updated: 3:16 p.m.