Baseball war of words continues with no solution in sight


The war of words continues between management and players in Major League Baseball. Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred went back on his own guarantee of a season to say it’s now in doubt.

Manfred said, “It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it. I’m not confident. I think there’s real risk; and as long as there’s no dialogue, that real risk is going to continue.”

Players representative Tony Clark, meanwhile, is steamed…

Tony Clark is disgusted with Rob Manfred

He said, “Players are disgusted that after Rob Manfred unequivocally told players and fans that there would ‘100%’ be a 2020 season, he has decided to go back on his word and is now threatening to cancel the entire season. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”

MLB Network documentary features Ken Griffey, Jr.

Baseball fans will pine for the good ole days with the debut of a documentary this weekend on Ken Griffey, Junior. Produced by the MLB Network, its entitled “Junior”…

Junior Documentary 2020-06-16

Junior Documentary 2020-06-16

The show will be narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown and will include interviews with former Mariners manager Lou Piniella and numerous former teammates, as well as thoughts on what made Griffey such an iconic figure from LeBron James, Reggie Jackson, Bo Jackson, Gary Payton and others.

“Junior” airs Sunday at 5pm on the MLB Network and will repeat at 9 Sunday night.

Gonzaga basketball players begin working out

For the first time since the world halted because of coronavirus, Gonzaga basketball players returned to work Monday…

Gonzaga men and women return to practice basketball

On cue, men and women for the Bulldogs took to the court for voluntary workouts as the NCAA began allowing such activity. Gonzaga worked with university officials and the Spokane Regional Health District to establish protocols that address student-athlete safety.

Players were not tested for COVID-19, according to G-U athletic director Mike Roth. Instead, each had their temperature taken and had to follow several monitoring guidelines.

It’s not back to “normal”, but it’s a step in the right direction. Spokane is in Phase 2 of Washington’s recovery plan, which allows for up to 5 players to be on the court at one time. However, they must adhere to social distancing guidelines and equipment, such as the basketball, is cleaned frequently.

Quinton Dunbar’s legal issues linger as Seahawks wrap mini-camp

One looming question for the Seahawks as they finish up a distant learning mini-camp this week, is the future of Quinton Dunbar. The defensive back who was obtained in the free-agency market this off-season, is awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery in a Miami incident last month.

Coach Pete Carroll says Dunbar is involved with team activity as they await the next step in the legal process…

Pete Carroll on Quinton Dunbar 2020-06-16

Pete Carroll on Quinton Dunbar 2020-06-16

Seattle hopes to have Dunbar available when training camp begins in late-July. A stipulation of Dunbar’s release on 100-thousand-dollars bail is that he not leave the state of Florida. His attorney says they will ask the courts to allow his departure for work if trial is not set in time for camp.

Dallas running back Elliott tests positive for coronavirus

On a larger scope in the NFL, it was reported by ESPN and other outlets Monday that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, a few of his teammates and some Houston Texans have tested positive for coronavirus.
Later in the day, Elliott went to Twitter to ask why his personal health information was out in the media…

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott asks how his positive COVID test was made public

He simply asked, HIPAA? HIPPAA’s privacy rule, which prevents the disclosure of medical information without patient approval, only applies to health care providers.

Besides Elliott, the other players were not identified. It’s not clear how the players contracted the virus.

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Eric Granstrom
Eric comes to NCWLIFE Channel after a 26-year career in radio, having most-recently served as the Producer of the Seahawks Radio Network; Weekend Sports Anchor on KOMO AM1000 in Seattle; and Program Director of KKRV 104.7FM/KWIQ 100.3FM/KKRT 900AM in Wenatchee and Moses Lake. Eric is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing throughout the northwest, including co-hosting, filming and producing Dave Graybill’s “Fishing Magician TV.” Eric lives in East Wenatchee with his wife, Marion and has one daughter, Gracie (21) and two stepsons Trent (26) and Taylor (21).