Category Archives: Chuck Wilson

Baseball Beat: Monday, December 10th

Here is the rundown for the Monday, December 10th edition of Baseball Beat. Charley Steiner is on vacation, but Chuck Wilson will be hosting. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Barry Bloom, MLB.com
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Brewers Beat)
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News (Rangers Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Cardinals Beat)
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Lavelle Neal, Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Twins Beat)
2:45 p.m.
Guest: Mark Zuckerman, Washington Times (Nationals Beat)

Guest Summaries:
Bloom discussed national headlines including Barry Bonds, government’s case, MLB’s culpability of steroid use in 1998, if HgH is prevalent today, and his expectation that Bonds will play next year. Haudricourt discussed the Milwaukee Brewers including the signing of Eric Gagne, need for starters to pitch further into games, Ryan Braun being moved to the outfield, and Geoff Jenkins future. Grant discussed the Texas Rangers including the signing of Milton Bradley, Rangers improved offense, acquisition of Chris Shelton, and Mike Lamb’s role in Arlington. Goold discussed the St. Louis Cardinals including Scott Rolen’s future with the organization, Brendan Ryan as possible lead-off hitter, Cesar Izturis as the new shortstop, questions on defense, and Jim Edmonds case for the Hall of Fame. Neal discussed the Minnesota Twins including the latest on Johan Santana trade discussions, acquisition of Delmon Young, and the club looking to acquire infielders. Zuckerman discussed the Washington Nationals including the acquisitions of Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes, catching options for next season, interest in Johnny Estrada if he gets released by the New York Mets, who sits in the outfield of Milledge, Dukes, Austin Kearns, and Willy Mo Pena, and the opening of the new stadium.

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Baseball Beat: Monday, November 26th

Here is the rundown for the Monday, November 26th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is attending a Los Angeles Dodgers event today. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Mel Antonen, USA Today
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Kathleen O’Brien, Newsday (Yankees Beat)
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Adam McCalvy, MLB.com (Brewers Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Marc Topkin, St. Petersburg Times (Rays Beat)
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Matt Hurst, Riverside Press Enterprise (Angels Beat)
2:45 p.m.
Guest: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer (Reds Beat)

Guest Summaries:
Antonen discussed national headlines including Joe Kennedy’s passing, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signing Torii Hunter, Johan Santana trade options; Cincinnati Reds signing Francisco Cordero, and the Chicago White Sox signing Scott Linebrink. We cross-promoted Mel’s work on Baseball This Morning this week with Mark Patrick. O’Brien discussed the New York Yankees including the latest on Alex Rodriguez contract negotiations, problems with pitching, Andy Pettitte’s decision, and interst in Johan Santana. McCalvy discussed the Milwaukee Brewers including the losses of Francisco Cordero and Scott Linebrink to free agency, trading Johnny Estrada for his “lack of energy” and disagreements with pitching coach Mike Maddux, and signing Jason Kendall. Topkin discussed the passing of Joe Kennedy including his coverage of Joe since he made his major league debut with Tampa. He also discussed the Rays stadium plans, decade of losing, and how the club can contend in the American League East. Hurst discussed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the club’s signing of Torii Hunter, Gary Matthews move from centerfield, interest in Miguel Cabrera, acquisition of Jon Garland, and new shortstop for 2008. Fay discussed the Cincinnati Reds including the reported signing of Francisco Cordero, bullpen improvement, depth in the outfield, and rising payroll.

Baseball Beat: Tuesday, November 20th

Here is the rundown for the Tuesday, November 20th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is on vacation. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: John Rawlings, The Sporting News
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Rob Bradford, Boston Herald (Red Sox Beat)
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Clark Spencer, Miami Herald (Marlins Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Paul Hagen, Philadelphia Daily News
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Adam Rubin, New York Daily News (Mets Beat)
2:45 p.m.
Guest: Jeff Kingery, Broadcaster, Colorado Rockies

Guest Summaries:
Rawlings discussed his predictions for the NL MVP, how amazing Mike Lowell’s turnaround has been after being a salary dump in the Beckett trade, and Miguel Cabrera’s weight being a big risk. Bradford talked about how pleasing it is for Boston fans and teammates that Mike Lowell is returning to the club, as the vacuum on the field and in the clubhouse that would have resulted from his absence would have been bigger than many people realize. He also talked about Coco Crisp possibly being traded for bullpen help. Spencer previewed the NL MVP vote. He also said that he predicts that Miguel Cabrera will be traded to a west-coast AL club and that Dontrelle Willis will probably be staying in Florida to try to turn around from a rough ’07. Hagen talked about the just-announced NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and how he talked the talk in spring training and walked the walk during the season, especially in the final push to overtake the Mets for the division. He also discussed Brad Lidge’s addition to the club and how questions about him remain. Rubin talked about his vote for Jimmy Rollins as MVP and how Rollins simply played better than David Wright this year. He also talked about how after the Yorvit Torrealba offer fell through, the failure of the Mets to re-engage talks with Paul Lo Duca ensures they will go elsewhere for a catcher. Kingery discussed how disappointing it is that Matt Holliday did not win NL MVP, but hats off to Jimmy Rollins. He wondered why strong fielding is factored in heavily for the MVP but not for the Rookie of the Year, as Rollins SS play is credited towards his MVP win, but Tulowitzki lost the ROY vote despite being far superior in the field compared to winner Ryan Braun.

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The show is on a break the remainder of the week. Baseball Beat will return on Monday, November 26th.

Baseball Beat: Monday, November 19th

Here is the rundown for the Monday, November 19th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is on vacation. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Devin Clancy, USA Today Sports Weekly
1:25 p.m.
Guest: David O’Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Braves Beat)
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune (White Sox Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Jim Baumbach, Newsday
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Jeff Blair, Globe & Mail
2:45 p.m.
Guest: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register (Angels Beat)

Guest Summaries:
Clancy discussed Tom Glavine’s return to Atlanta, previewed the American League Most Valuable Player announcement, and talked about Yorvit Torrealba’s deal falling through with the New York Mets. O’Brien discussed the Atlanta Braves including residual ill-will from fans towards Tom Glavine, club’s need for a centerfielder, and Yuniel Escobar’s positive future with the club. Gonzales discussed the Chicago White Sox including today’s news of the trade between the White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, saying Orlando Cabrera’s addition makes the club ready to compete right away. He also said that Chicago is probably not done with off-season deals. Baumbach discussed New York Yankees including his reaction to the news of Alex Rodriguez winning the AL MVP award and his shock that it was not unanimous. He also touched on Mariano Rivera reportedly staying a Yankee and finishing out his career with the same team. Blair discussed the Toronto Blue Jays including the acquisition of Marco Scutaro as well as his surprise that AROD was not voted AL MVP unanimously. Plunkett discussed the Angels side of the trade with the White Sox and how Los Angeles desperately needs another bat to pair with Vlad Guerrero. They also discussed possible replacements for Cabrera at shortstop via trade.

Baseball Beat: Friday, November 16th

Here is the rundown for the Friday, November 16th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is on vacation. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Paul White, USA Today Sports Weekly
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Mike Fish, ESPN.com
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News, Hall of Fame Writer (Reds Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Ian O’Connor, The Record
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Charley Steiner, Host, Baseball Beat
2:45 p.m.
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Guest Summaries:
White discussed national headlines including Barry Bonds indictment, latest on Mike Lowell’s negotiations, and a contractual debate about years v. dollars. Fish discussed Barry Bonds including he was not surprised by the timing, how deep of trouble he is in with the feds, factors that could assist him, the ease of presenting this case to a jury, and his recent piece on Jason Grimsley’s whereabouts. McCoy discussed the passing of Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall including his popularity, as youngest player in baseball history, old school guy who supported the players, and his contrasting style with Marty Brennaman on the air. O’Connor discussed the New York Yankees including reports of the outlined contact with Alex Rodriguez, Scott Boras getting called out by Hank Steinbrenner, AROD still went to the highest bidder, Derek Jeter’s New York tax issues, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Mike Lowell. Steiner discussed Barry Bonds indictment, on his Home Run record, whether there is a witness, and his thoughts on Joe Nuxhall’s passing.

Baseball Beat: Thursday, November 15th

Here is the rundown for the Thursday, November 15th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is on vacation. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Barry Bloom, MLB.com
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Dan Graziano, Newark Star-Ledger
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Gordon Wittenmyer, Chicago Sun-Times (Cubs Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Joe Sheehan, BaseballProspectus.com
2:25 p.m.
Guest: Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune (Padres Beat)
2:45 p.m.
Guest: Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times

Guest Summaries:
Bloom discussed national headlines including his coverage of the Owners Meetings Naples, Florida, Alex Rodriguez negotiations with the New York Yankees, Mike Lowell’s options, Miguel Cabrera’s trade market, Yorvit Torrealba as a bad fit in New York, and how instant replay will be slow to be initiated. Graziano discussed Alex Rodriguez’s negotiations including how a new deal will help his image in New York, Scott Boras taking the bullet for AROD, Mariano Rivera deal is terrible for New York, and how Mike Lowell makes sense. Wittenmyer discussed the Chicago Cubs including the pitching changes, Ryan Dempster returning to a starting role, Kerry Wood’s future as a closer, and the club’s recent trades. Sheehan discussed national headlines including Jake Peavy winning the National League Cy Young, Alex Rodriguez, Mike Lowell, Mariano Rivera asking for a fourth year, and NL MVP debate. Krasovic discussed the San Diego Padres including Jake Peavy winning the NL Cy Young, his agent change from Scott Boras to Barry Axelrod, and pitching dominance in the NL West. Shaikin discussed his piece today on Scott Boras embarrassment over the Alex Rodriguez/Yankee negotiations.

Baseball Beat: Wednesday, November 14th

Here is the rundown for the Wednesday, November 14th edition of Baseball Beat. Chuck Wilson will be hosting today as Charley Steiner is on vacation. All times Eastern.

1:05 p.m.
Guest: Rob Neyer, ESPN.com
1:25 p.m.
Guest: Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Cardinals Beat)
1:45 p.m.
Guest: Jason Beck, MLB.com (Tigers Beat)
2:05 p.m.
Guest: Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times
2:45 p.m.
Guest: Mark Feinsand, New York Daily News (Yankees Beat)

Guest Summaries:
Neyer discussed national headlines including reports of Alex Rodriguez negotiating with the New York Yankees, Mike Lowell negotiations, Miguel Cabrera as possibly the best hitter in baseball, and free agents getting their money. Strauss discussed the St. Louis Cardinals including his report today about the club looking to trade Scott Rolen, Rolen and Manager Tony LaRussa’s relationship, club’s need for more starting pitching, and David Eckstein’s possible return. Beck discussed the Detroit Tigers including the club’s off-season work acquiring Edgar Renteria, Jacque Jones, and re-signing Todd Jones. Plaschke discussed his new book with Tommy Lasorda entitled I LIVE FOR THIS! Baseball’s Last True Believer. They discussed the book in-depth including many of the stories and anecdotes from the book. Feinsand discussed the New York Yankees including his report about Alex Rodriguez reaching out to the Yankees to negotiate a new deal, AROD trying to restore his image, and the relationship with agent Scott Boras.