The Everyday Mailbag- 6/21/11

Basketball is over. Its baseball season now. But sports questions for any sport are always in season. Without further adieu, here are the questions the Sports World wants to know!

Q: Who do u see coming out of NL and AL and which one wins WS? Your gut feeling.
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I see the Phillies coming out of the NL and the Rangers coming out of the AL and I have the Phillies winning it all this year.

Q: Will the Minnesota Twins trade Fransisco Liriano? Lots of rumors floating around that he's on his way out of Minnesota.
-Jeremy W, Winnepeg, Canada

A: I think we're headed down the same road the Twins went down with Johan Santana when he was getting big-time. The difference is that the Twins were in the race with Santana and they are fading fast with Liriano. If this trend continues, I see Liriano getting shipped out of town at the All-star break. But the deal has to be right for Minnesota. They have proven in the past that they will hold on to players until they get the right deal.

Q: Will the Albert Pujols injury have any effect on his upcoming free agency and his want of an long term deal?
-Lee L., Chicago, IL

A: I don't think the injury he suffered will affect him in free agency. He suffered a forearm injury. When he comes back, he will be sore and he will be a little gunshy, but I think he rounds into shape and is fine by the end of the year. And also, he has a whole off-season to rehab his forearm if it doesn't heal properly or if they're lingering affects. He will get that long-term deal he wants.

Q: Why do you think the mainstream media has ignored the fans during the NFL lockout? Don't they matter?
-Russ G., Boston, MA

A: I don't think its that the fans don't matter, I think the mainstrean media just understands that it all comes down to the players and the owners in terms of getting an agreement reached, not the fans.

Q: ‎​How soon before the NBA has a new deal in place?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I'm really not sure when a new NBA deal will be in place. I'm thinking that we could be headed down the same road as the NFL because the players and the owners seem to still be far, far apart. One of the big issues is guaranteed years in a contract. The owners want to take away some of the guaranteed years on contracts. Of course the players don't like that.

Q: Will LeBron bounce back next season? Will he silence his critics?
-Steven H., Westbury, NY

A: LeBron will bounce back next season and silence his critics only if he does two things. He must work on his game and he must accept that he isn't going to be loved by the NBA fans like he was when he played in Cleveland. He needs to stop worrying about the outside forces and work on his game. If he does that, he will bounce back. If not, expect him to continue to come up short.

Q: There is debate as to who is better overall as far as career Shaq or Bird it's split, what your take?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think that both were superstars in basketball, but Bird had a better career because he was effective his whole career. Shaq wasn't effective for the last four years of his career. And also, Bird played at championship level his whole career. Shaq didn't.

Thanks to everyone who participated and all who viewed this week's mailbag. Hope everyone enjoys the sports week that awaits us. And remember, is you have a sports question, I have an answer!

6 Responses

  1. 7Boss1

    I look fwd to this q&a and I’m yet to he disappointed good work

  2. Camille H.

    Great post, I love the Q&A. One thing stuck out to me, the Bird v. Shaq debate. I’m just curious as to why these two are being compared at all given the different positions and roles they played. Is this debate taking place to find Shaq’s overall position among all NBA greats or what? I’m just curious.

    • Thanks and yes, the debate was to determine what Shaq’s place is among the all-time greats. Me personally, I think his stats and numbers should be compared to players like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not players like Bird.

  3. I don’t see the Rangers coming out of the AL right now. I just think the fact that this far into the season they are still tight in the brutal AL West says something about their team, and it isn’t good. I know they have significant injuries (i.e. Josh Hamilton) but when it comes down to it the Mariners, Athletics and Angels have very weak rosters yet the Rangers are only 2 games up on the M’s at this point in time.

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