All-star Game Newsbeat
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Click-fest from Forbes. “Top 40 Brands” = Top 10 for each of Businesses, Teams, Athletes, and Events. It takes them 45 pages to list the 40. So to cut to the chase…
How do you place a value on a brand?
...For sports business brands, this means quantifying the amount the business would fetch in an arms length transaction in excess of what a comparable rival would be worth.
...For athlete brands… (those) whose endorsement income exceeded the amount their peers earned by the largest amount during the past year.
...Sporting events are valued on the amount of revenue they generate per-event-day from media, tickets, sponsorships and licensing.
...Team brand values are calculated by applying the same multiple we use to value the entire team to those revenues not associated with the size or demographics if its market, or its portion of league-share revenue.
So brand value isn’t franchise value. It’s the value the franchise gets from the brand name they’ve built - the name recognition, the amount people are willing to spend for their product instead of something similar from someone else.
#7 business - YES - $625 m
#8 business - NESN - $510 m
#9 business - MLBAM - $480 m
#2 team - Yankees - $443 m
#6 team - Red Sox - $237 m
#7 team - Dodgers - $225 m
#5 event - World Series - $135 m
#10 event - MLB All-Star Week - $86 m
Sunday, July 21, 2013
(eating oldehippy’s head) Keep your eyes open; I wanna horrify you into a coma.
Bob Costas, on this morning’s Mike and Mike program, said that Marvin Miller “went to his grave spewing nonsense about steroids in baseball.” I know you admire Miller—do you disagree with this characterization of Miller’s (and by extension the union’s) stance on steroids in baseball?...
Marvin was a friend, and Bob Costas is a friend, and I didn’t hear the comments, so I’m not going to get in the middle of that. From my perspective, a great many people shared in the process of mishandling the steroid issue.
Hi Bill, What characteristics of a ballpark—altitude, dimensions, local climate, etc.—influence park factors the most? Intuitively I’d think the dimensions of the outfield fence, but I tend to miss the obvious in these matters. Thanks!
Hey Bill, What did you think about Leyland’s decision to bring Mariano Rivera into the All-Star game in the 8th inning? It has been called an “Epic Blunder” by some but I think that’s far too light. Depriving Mariano the chance to save his final All-Star game I believe was unconscionable. Even if Nathan gives it up in the 8th inning and Mariano doesn’t get a chance for the save, at least he finishes his final All-Star Game. As it turned out, he could’ve finished it and had a save. I think Leyland should be drummed out of baseball for the Mariano decision and what he did to the Rockies, but now I’m getting emotional.
Yes, it is a shame that no one ever celebrates Mariano Rivera’s career.
Hi Bill. Have you ever done a study on the effectiveness of bringing in pinch runners late in close games to replace good hitting slow players? Do you know if it is generally worth it or not?
Generally speaking, it is NOT worth it. It’s like most other strategies—the bunt, the intentional walk, calling in the infield, bringing in a left-hander to face a left-hander. All strategies like that are used much more often than they logically should be, because of the “action bias” in decision making.
Without running the numbers. . .I would be surprised if any pinch runner can increase the chance of scoring a run by more than 3%; that is, if a runner has a 30% chance of scoring anyway, using a fast runner won’t make it 33%. It might make it 32%. But let’s say you can gain 3% of a run by doing that—and, of course, gaining 3% of a run cannot be more than gaining a 1.5% chance of a win.
But a good hitter creates maybe .18 runs per at bat, whereas an average hitter is more like .12. If that spot in the batting order comes around again, you’ve lot 6% of a run, and potentially much more than that. So. . .if you’re going to pinch run, you’ve got to be pretty certain that the big hitter’s spot isn’t going to come around again in the 10th inning or something.
In the first round of the playoffs, 2004, Game 3, Anaheim at Boston, David Ortiz singled with two out in the bottom of the 8th. Tim McCarver, broadcasting the game, said that Terry Francona would pinch run for David. My wife, watching the game on TV with me, was screaming at the TV “NO NO NO. DON’T PINCH RUN FOR HIM. DON’T DO IT. WE NEED HIS BAT IN THE LINEUP.” Terry didn’t do it, and McCarver openly second-guessed him for not doing it.
But in the 11th inning, David dropped a bomb on them, and we won the game 8-6. Up until that point, the issue you raise had been a discussion item with us, as Terry would pinch run for David sometimes. But after that happened, he never would. You pinch run. . .it’s a 1-in-40 shot that it makes any difference. If you get into extra innings, then and now, you want David Ortiz’ bat in the lineup.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
People must have known this time it counted, or that an “Enter Sandman” recitation was in the offing.
The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game drew a 6.9 rating and 11.0 million viewers on FOX Tuesday night, according to Nielsen fast-nationals — up 1% in ratings and viewership from last year’s all-time record low (6.8, 10.9M), and even in both measures compared to 2011 (6.9, 11.0M).
Tuesday’s game is tied as the second-lowest rated and second-least viewed MLB All-Star Game ever, ahead of only last year.
Over the past four years, ratings for the MLB All-Star Game have ranged from 6.8 to 7.5. To put that in perspective, the lowest rating over the previous 60 years was an 8.1.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Ostensibly a tribute to Boston Marathon bombing victims, the stunt flopped like nearly every other MLB (or Citi Field) attempt made with good intentions. Though, really, what did they expect a New York crowd to do when Boston’s favorite song about 11-year-old girls is performed? As you can see above, they booed heavily. Fox quickly cut the crowd audio track to silence the boos, before realizing they’d have to eventually turn it back on for “Sweet Caroline”‘s crowd-participatory moments.
If the audio mixer had set the pot back to its normal position and left it there, we wouldn’t be discussing this. Instead, though, Fox manipulated the audio—cranking it up all the way during the “bum-bum-bum"s, and back down afterward. (You can tell because the musical accompaniment also magically gets louder, then softer again)
Monday, July 15, 2013
The Midsummer Classic. Enough said.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Yes, because Yaisel is DY-NO-MITE! (wild applause)
When actors break out in movies or series they become All-Stars overnight. You think ABC told the producers of HAPPY DAYS to not use the Fonz so much because he’s taking too much screen time away from star Ronny Howard? You think Top 40 radio stations refused to play Justin Bieber because he was only 16 and hadn’t paid his dues? Or Neil Patrick Harris was forbidden from hosting the Tony Awards because he wasn’t on Broadway last season?
My partner and I wrote a pilot for Fox once and we got the following note: “Add a hot babe. Make her a series regular.” I asked: “To do what?” And they said, “We don’t care.” You gotta applaud their honesty. They knew why people watched Fox. Had we said, “But a hot babe will just destroy the integrity of our concept” they’d have laughed at us.
For many baseball fans, Yasiel Puig is the ONLY reason they’d want to watch the All-Star Game. You think they’re tuning in to hear Tim McCarver prattle on incessantly about nothing? Or to see the big rivalry between the American and National League? Now that there’s so much interleague play the leagues have been blurred to the point where there no longer is any real novelty of seeing the AL and NL compete.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Chris Davis, Orioles
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
OF: Mike Trout, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox
RHP: Clay Buchholz *, Red Sox
LHP: Brett Cecil, Blue Jays
RHP: Bartolo Colon @, A’s
RHP: Jesse Crain *, White Sox
RHP: Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP: Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP: Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
RHP: Justin Masterson, Indians
RHP: Joe Nathan, Rangers
LHP: Glen Perkins @, Twins
RHP: Mariano Rivera, Yankees
LHP: Chris Sale, White Sox
RHP: Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP: Justin Verlander, Tigers
C: Jason Castro, Astros
C: Salvador Perez, Royals
1B: Prince Fielder, Tigers
2B: Jason Kipnis, Indians
2B: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2B: Ben Zobrist, Rays
SS: Jhonny Peralta: Tigers
3B: Manny Machado, Orioles
OF: Nelson Cruz, Rangers
OF: Alex Gordon, Royals
OF: Torii Hunter, Tigers
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
C: Buster Posey, Giants
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
* Chosen on Player Ballot, injured
@ Injury replacement
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Puig out for two hours!
• Rany reminds Joe that Vernon Wells hasn’t been playing too well lately.
• Will Bryce Harper’s career be affected by injuries? Maybe!
• Yasiel Puig on the All-Star team: Rany not against, Joe resolutely against.
• They agree that the Home Run Derby is lame (it would at least help if non-All-Stars could compete), a “skills competition” would be fun, and so forth.
• All-Star selections:
C: Joe Mauer, MIN (Rany & Joe). They meditate upon the mediocrity of Matt Wieters’ offense.
1B: Chris Davis, BAL (Rany); Prince Fielder, DET (Joe). Joe: “If you’re going to find a differentation between me and… the majority on this issue, the Fielder vs. Davis argument kind of encapsulates it.”
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS (Rany); Robinson Cano, NYY (Joe). Joe is insufferable about it.
SS: Jose Reyes, TOR (Rany); Elvis Andrus, TEX (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Rany’s idea that the Rangers trade Andrus to the Yankees.
3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET (Rany & Joe). Joe raises the spectre of a rerun of the Cabrera vs. Trout MVP debate, with Manny Machado in the Trout role.
OF: Alex Gordon, KC; Mike Trout, LAA; Jose Bautista, TOR (Rany & Joe)
DH: David Ortiz, BOS (Rany & Joe)
• Joe suggests banning mid-inning pitching changes in the All-Star Game. (Actually, he earlier suggested banning the All-Star Game altogether.)
C: Buster Posey, SF (Rany); Yadier Molina, STL (Joe). Joe: “Molina is running up against Chase Utley as the most underrated player of our generation… he’s gotta be in the discussion with the top short-peak catchers of all time.”
1B: Joey Votto, CIN (Rany & Joe). They agree that Paul Goldschmidt might not get any better than he is right now, but it’s impressive that he’s gotten this far (both offensively and defensively).
2B: Chase Utley, PHI (Rany); Brandon Phillips, CIN (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Utley’s spotty health record, but admits that the past couple of weeks may have changed his vote.
SS: Hanley Ramirez, LAD (Rany); Troy Tulowitzki, COL (Joe). Rany: “Andrelton Simmons plays defense better than anybody in the major leagues does any one specific skill… He is redefining the defense at that position.”
3B: David Wright, NYM (Rany & Joe)
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL; Andrew McCutchen, PHI; Carlos Beltran, STL (Rany & Joe)
A county level map of voting share between the top 2 candidates at three positions: Sandoval v. Wright, Carpenter v. Phillips, and Posey v. Molina.
Pretty neat, though not super surprising other than Canada really loving them some Brandon Phillips.
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