The Big Hurt has an idea of what’s ailing baseball and he presented a fix to Damon Amendolara this week. Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas joined the D.A. Show on CBS Sports Radio to discuss what is ailing the sport of baseball as younger fans flock to other interests.
The fix is simple: market the stars correctly, starting with the annual All-Star Game.
“I think the biggest thing we do wrong in Major League Baseball is we focus on too many new stars every season and not put the stranglehold on the five or six superstars we have in the league like we did in the 90s,” the FOX Sports studio analyst said. “You can’t have a revolving set of stars every season.”
“You look at the All-Star Game,” Thomas continued. “You never know who is going to make the team, but the league knows who the top players are. You gotta highlight those guys in the Midsummer Classic.”
Thomas pointed to an example in Bryce Harper, who is closing out a fantastic season that took a little while to get going in the game’s opening months.
“I really believe you gotta have a third committee there [for All-Star selections] helping pick the teams of veterans who know who the top players are. It’s hard to explode superstars, and we do that yearly at the All-Star Game. You look at Bryce Harper right now. You know we know he is a great superstar, but he doesn’t make the All-Star Game.”
Thomas sees an All-Star game honor as something to be viewed at a 10,000-foot level, rather than the two-month blips that can land some unknown players on the roster.
“You gotta highlight these guys,” Thomas said to wrap up his point. “Most people think ‘oh if you have two good months you’re supposed to be on the All-Star team,’ I don’t think so.”
Check out his full thoughts in the clip above.
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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”