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Thu, July 30, 2015

Gomez deal with Mets bred skepticism

The Carlos Gomez trade that never was … where to begin. First of all, it was undoubtedly one of the strangest storylines I’ve ever seen play out in sports. I know a lot of people were disappointed when they learned that Gomez would not be on the move, and I certainly understand that sentiment. That said, there were also plenty of reasons to be skeptical about the players that were reportedly set to join the Brewers. Pundits can talk all they want about Tommy John surgery not being what it once was, and while that's true, it's still not something to simply be brushed aside. Zach Wheeler is not scheduled to be pitching for a major league team again until July of next year. That's a long time to wait just to see whether your end of the trade is able to contribute. Now, if I'm being honest, it's more likely than not that Wheeler will wind up being a very good pitcher -- but there's also a chance that he struggles with his rehab and we don't see that for several years down the road. Consider the case of Ryan Madsen, the pitcher requiring Tommy John surgery in 2011 and didn't return until 2015! At the end of the day, let's just wait and see how this thing plays out. It could wind up even better for Milwaukee.

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Marques Pfaff's Bio
As someone who grew up in Holmen, Wisconsin, I – like most people in this state – have spent a good portion of my life rooting for every team that calls the Badger State home. As a kid, I would make the weekly, fall pilgrimage from Holmen to Madison to take in Badger football games with my dad at Camp Randall Stadium. I was there when Jump Around debuted, I was there when Jamar Fletcher picked off Joey Harrington three times in a win over Oregon, and I was there when Ron Dayne broke college football’s all-time rushing record. They were some of the most exciting experiences of my youth and may likely contributed to my choosing UW-Madison for college. While there, I was given the opportunity to walk on to the football team. I didn’t stay long but I did have a chance to put the pads on and run out of the Camp Randall Stadium tunnel. It’s something I’ll never forget.

It was during my college days that a passion for radio would also develop. After spending three years working for WIBA and WTSO in Madison, I took my first full-time job with WSSP radio in Milwaukee. This was a tremendous experience as I had a chance to cover virtually every team I loved watching. That said – despite my love for all things radio – I was offered a great opportunity in Las Vegas to work in public relations for many of the major sporting events that came to town. I took it and would wind up spending the next six-and-a-half-year in the desert. Many of those years saw me working in college athletics at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). It was a tremendous experience and one that will always lead to me referring to Las Vegas as my second home.

All of these experiences have contributed to my perspective on sports and I look forward to sharing that with you every day from 2 to 5 p.m.
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