Mark Willard is done at KNBR. Friday was his final show on the San Francisco sports station. While he didn’t mention his exit on air, he took to Twitter before the show to say it would be his swan song at the station.
It does not seem as though the news caught Willard by surprise. He was on Twitter again that evening to wish listeners well and tease that he does have news forthcoming.
Mark Willard has been heard all over California. He came to KNBR in 2019 after two and a half years with XTRA 1360 in San Deigo. Previous career stops include 710 ESPN LA and FOX Sports Radio. He is also the former co-host of The Tony Bruno Show.
Fans can still see Mark Willard on the PAC-12 Networks, where he serves as a studio host. As soon as he announces his future project, we will have it at Barrett Sports Media.
David Ortiz On WEEI: Everyone Knows Dan Shaughnessy’s An A-Hole
“He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.”
You don’t have to guess how David Ortíz feels about Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. He is more than happy to tell you if you ask.
On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame candidate was a guest on WEEI and afternoon host Lou Merloni asked. He wanted to know how Ortíz felt about Shaughnessy saying he would never vote for the Red Sox slugger to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
“You know that Dan Shaughnessy has been an asshole to everybody,” Big Papí responded.
He didn’t seem to take the slight personally. He also didn’t seem to think it mattered.
“What can I do? Dan’s not gonna stop anything. He’s just one guy that didn’t vote for you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But I mean, this is a guy who likes giving a hard time to everyone, so you’ve got to love him that way.”
For the record, according to BBHOFTracker.com, Ortíz has received more votes than anyone else on the ballots of the writers that have made their votes public. Time will tell if that holds up and he meets the 75% threshold for induction.
Dan Shaughnessy released his Hall of Fame ballot last week along with the rest of the Boston Globe staff. He only voted for Jeff Kent. He was the only one not to vote for Big Papí
David Ortíz will find out next week if he is in. He is one of four players with the numbers that make one think it makes sense for him to be in the Hall of Fame, but a cloud of doubt over him because of his past use of performance enhancing drugs.
Tim Kurkjian: There Is No Right Way To Vote For The Hall Of Fame
“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier.”
The results of the Baseball Hall of Fame vote will be revealed next week, and ESPN MLB writer Tim Kurkjian has been on the fence about a lot of the players on the ballot.
Speaking Wednesday with Tim McKernan of 101 ESPN in St. Louis, Kurkjian said having the opportunity to elect some of baseball’s greatest players to the Hall of Fame is not lost on him. But the task of choosing players with ties to performance-enhancing drugs has been hard.
“It’s the greatest privilege I have,” he said of being a voter. “I love it, but it’s really, really difficult. I don’t think there are any right answers anymore.”
Kurkjian himself will be honored at the induction ceremony, and will be enshrined in the media wing as the winner of the Baseball Writers Association of America Career Excellence Award.
In the lead-up to the results of the voting, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is presenting a series on the Hall of Fame cases for five controversial candidates: Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
McKernan asked Tim Kurkjian what his voting process was, and if he considers voting for players on a case-by-case basis. Kurkjian said that was indeed the case given how each player’s ties to banned substances is different, and that in his mind, doing it that way is the most balanced way of voting.
“If I just said, look I’m not voting for anyone that has a connection to PEDs, that would be easier,” he said. “But I do care, and I’m kind of trapped in the middle as I so often am.”
Some of the other voters have a more hard-lined stance. Guys like Bonds, A-Rod, Mark McGwire and others will never get a particular writer’s vote simply because they admitted to using PEDs. But Kurkjian said that’s not how he does it.
He also said others should model how he votes.
“I’m not suggesting it’s the right way, because I’m not sure there is a right way,” he said. “I just don’t think I’m wrong in what I’m doing. I’m doing the best I can, and it is a very difficult assignment these days.”
ESPN’s series will conclude on Wednesday with reaction to the results of the hall of fame vote. Tim Kurkjian will be a part of the series.
Colleen Wolfe Tells Pat McAfee Which Teams Get Upset With Her Jokes
“Wolfe said it wasn’t just teams themselves that had taken issue with her past words, but players have also complained in the past.”
Being a public figure or being a high-profile media personality can be a challenge in a way, because sometimes you have to wear a filter and show some restraint in the things you say.
But sometimes things slip through that filter, or what you said didn’t seem so bad in your head, and that leads you to having a tough conversation with your boss.
NFL Network’s Colleen Wolfe is no different. Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, Wolfe opened up about the couple times comments she’s made later led to her having to talk with management.
“I’ve gotten called to the principal’s office a couple times, and it’s from teams complaining about thigs I’ve said,” she said. “I’m not a stranger to that at all.”
She went on to talk about how the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans in particular took issue with various comments or jokes made on-air. One joke about the Titans, where she said Tennessee was no longer needed in the postseason following a wild card playoff win over the New England Patriots, didn’t sit well with folks within the organization.
Wolfe said it wasn’t just teams themselves that had taken issue with her past words, but players have also complained in the past. It’s something she didn’t expect.
“I’m surprised by the sensitivity level of players, because I’m sure that they hear this all the time on Twitter,” she said. “So if I’m saying something, I don’t know why they get so upset about it.”
“Why are you so upset about this?” she added. “I say disrespectful things all the time.”
McAfee noted that it is a bit different for her because she does work for the NFL, but at the same time there should be some freedom to take shots.
“There has to be a fine balance there,” he said. “You have to do your job as well.”
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