Mitch Williams stops by studio to preview MLB season
Dan asked Williams the No. 1 issues heading into the season. “Injuries,” Williams said. He pointed to Zach Greinke and Sean Marcum in Milwaukee and Brad Lidge in Philadelphia as examples injuries that could affect teams that everyone is picking to win their division.
Williams also thinks the Yankees will trade for the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez. “I think they have the prospects to throw at Seattle to get King Felix away from them,” Williams said. “If they don’t get King Felix, I think the gap between first and second in the AL East will be the biggest in the Majors.”
Williams also weighed in on the Braves. He thinks they have to settle on one closer. Right now, that could be their Achilles’ heel.
Williams wanted to be clear about the speed pitchers throw. He said that there’s no way the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman would register at 105 mph on the radar guns they used in the 1980s and ’90s.
And Williams made a strong argument that Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame. “What he did on the field, you cannot take that away,” Williams said.
Dan asked Williams the one batter he owned the most. Wild Thing said Darryl Strawberry. “All I had to do is move it forward and he’d swing,” Williams said.