Shanoff's Wake-Up Call: Trade Wade, Get Bonds

↵Today's Calls: Dwyane Wade vs. Barry Bonds, Joba Chamberlain vs. Pedro Martinez, Josh Hamilton vs. Milton Bradley, Randy Johnson vs. Chipper Jones, Flip Saunders vs. Michael Curry, Barry Melrose vs. Sidney Crosby, Erin Andrews vs. Jamie Mottram and More. ↵

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↵The Opening Pitch: It's a good week for ludicrously amazing (or perhaps amazingly ludicrous) propositions. Take your pick: ↵

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↵Wade to Bulls?!?! There is the rumor that the Heat are willing to trade Dwyane Wade to the Bulls, presumably for the No. 1 pick. ↵

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↵Bonds to Red Sox?!?! There is some question whether the Red Sox would help themselves in Big Papi's absence by signing Barry Bonds. ↵

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↵Re: Wade, if the Heat could keep their No. 2 pick, I'm not sure that Derrick Rose + Michael Beasley isn't better long term than Wade + Beasley. It's not like the Heat will contend for a title next year, and the 2006 title is still fresh enough to sustain a declared rebuilding effort. Meanwhile, if the Bulls can get Wade and keep their core, they become instant contenders in the East. ↵

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↵Re: Bonds, is there a baseball mind -- particularly one as astute as Theo Epstein or Bill James -- who doesn't recognize that as a DH, Bonds would be an absolute monster? Teams are scared of his baggage, but if there is one franchise that could deflect the criticism, it is the champs, the best-run team in sports. If the Orioles do it, it's vilified; if the Red Sox do it, it's genius. ↵

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↵There you have it: Trade Wade. Sign Bonds. ↵

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↵Just your average slow sports week, right? ↵

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↵MLB Instant History: Maybe Joba Chamberlain should go back to the bullpen. His first MLB start was a dud. Maybe it was all the build-up. Maybe it was his own limitations revealed. Maybe he was nervous. But Joba was largely a disappointment: In his 62-pitch quasi-limit, he couldn't get through three innings and had more walks (4) than Ks (3). ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Pedro Martinez's first start since April 1 was a success (in the W column, if not entirely in the box score: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K), giving him as many wins in the 2008 season as counterpart Barry Zito, who has made 12 starts this season. ↵

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↵More MLB: Nine straight wins for the Cubs, thanks to 3 HRs (Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Mark DeRosa). ... Who had Joe Saunders leading the AL in wins with 9? ... Rockies-Dodgers brawl: I thought the Rox were supposed to be a turn-the-other-cheek clubhouse. ... Even without Papi, the Red Sox showed the Rays that the upstarts have just a little bit further to go if they want to dethrone the champs in the AL East. ... ↵

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↵Power Alley: Josh Hamilton is going nuts, with yet another HR (17). He is making it look too easy. (Amazingly, while Hamilton has the second-best OPS in the AL, the guy right ahead of him on the list is teammate he Milton Bradley, who had 2 HRs of his own last night.) ↵

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↵More: In the Reds-Phils game, Chase Utley and Jay Bruce were held HR-less, which was a disappointment, not to mention highly unusual (no 600 for Griffey, either) ... No sophomore slump for Ryan Braun: He hit his 16th HR last night. ... ↵

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↵Milestone Watch: Randy Johnson takes over sole possession of second place on the all-time Ks list. I wonder if it irks Roger Clemens at all, knowing that even though he might be totally capable of coming back to pitch and maybe even things up with Big Unit, there isn't a team in baseball that would sign him. ↵

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↵Meanwhile, Chipper Jones hits HR No. 399. What a renaissance for the 36-year-old Jones, who leads MLB with an eye-popping .409 BA and the best OPS of his career (Top 3 in MLB in '08). BTW, in 10 years, will 400 HR be the new 500, in the same way that 200 pitching wins has become the new 300? ↵

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↵Pistons fire Flip Saunders, are rumored to hire Michael Curry and Joe Dumars is ready to trade anyone: That's a mouthful, but when you lose two conference final playoff games at home in a series you had every business winning, it's time for a shake-up. ↵

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↵Is Rasheed Wallace on the way out? How about Rip Hamilton? Any regrets about expensively re-signing Chauncey Billups? Bah, I'm with Free Darko: Bring on the Rodney Stuckey-Amir Johnson Era. ↵

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↵NBA Draft: Michael Beasley is 6-foot-8, which is short for a PF, but totally reasonable if you have transcendent talent, which he does. ↵

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↵Tampa: Hottest sports town in America? The Rays are baseball's biggest surprise. South Florida football is a rising national power. And, now, the Barry Melrose Experience might be coming to town after the Lightning fired coach John Tortorella. Go figure: Tampa is the new Boston! ↵

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↵ ↵Stanley Cup finals: Game 6 in Pittsburgh is a must-see, don't you think? ↵

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↵Women's CWS: Congratulations to Arizona State, who beat Texas A&M for the national championship last night. ↵

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↵NFL: Chad Johnson is so full of it. Of course he's back with the Bengals. He said so himself, literally. (Then again, maybe he's not.) ↵

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↵Sports and Politics: Can't let last night's momentous event go without comment. What a milestone it is for America when a basketball junkie as huge as Barack Obama can earn his party's nomination to be president of the United States. ↵

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↵Sports Media: Sports blogger prom-queen-for-life Erin Andrews, who is arguably the most universally likeable talent in sports TV, goes on the Blog Show with the elder Mottram and Agent Steinz. ↵

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↵The Last Word: So I was tuned in to the replay of Game 6 of the 1987 NBA Finals between the Lakers and Celtics, and it did nothing to change my mind that the nostalgia kick around the 2008 Finals is a crutch. I was watching with a rabid sports fan in his 20s, for whom the NBA in the 80s was little more than a blurred childhood memory. "Where 1987 Happens" cannot really be the way the NBA wants to look forward. ↵

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↵Dan Shanoff writes The Wake-Up Call every weekday morning for SportingNews.com and blogs daily at DanShanoff.com. Got any comments, questions or feedback? Email Dan at shanofftsn-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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