Sunday, January 08, 2017
Four teams are still not represented in Cooperstown—at least not by the caps worn on players’ Hall of Fame plaques. Three of those are expansion teams from the 1990s: the Rockies, Marlins and Rays. The fourth is the Angels, born in 1961. Nolan Ryan spent eight years with the Angels and nine with the Astros, but he wears a Rangers cap on his plaque, which leaves the Angels without a Hall of Famer. The franchise will likely have to wait for Mike Trout, assuming Vladimir Guerrero eventually goes in with an Expos cap.
That brings up a fun idea: Who is the next Hall of Famer for each team? This requires some speculation not only on who gets elected—and what active players’ final stats will be—but also in predicting the cap. Let’s take a guess.
Posted: January 08, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 90 comment(s)
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Friday, October 21, 2016
1. Kansas City Royals (9 overall)
The Royals had the second-biggest leap in last year’s Ultimate Standings, and now, after winning the World Series last fall, they climb into the top 10 as the highest-ranked MLB team. Key injuries to Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon’s bad year wrecked the team’s playoff hopes, but Kansas City remained baseball-crazy, with the highest local TV ratings in the sport….
27. New York Yankees (100 overall)
The Yankees think of themselves as the greatest franchise in all sports, so their barely making the top 100 goes against corporate culture. (Of course, they’ve also played a grand total of one playoff game since 2012, so this ranking could be even worse.) This offseason, New York finds itself in a transition period, with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira joining the likes of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera on the sideline and making way for the next generation of Yankees, led by catcher Gary Sanchez.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Very sad news out of Iowa…
Jen Garcia first made headlines during the August series when her on-camera interview with ESPN’s Jaymee Sire was interrupted as her son, JT, hit a home run. She and some other parents traveled to South Williamsport, Penn., to watch the boys on Johnston’s Midwest champion Little League team play.
Sire was mid-sentence, asking a question about the bracelets the boys wear in Garcia’s honor, when JT’s metal bat connected with the ball — ping! The ball sailed over the center field fence, giving Johnston a 4-1 lead over the West champions from California. They would go on to win 5-1.
The interview came to an immediate stop as Garcia and the Johnston faithful celebrated.
“Wow, to be caught on camera. That was amazing,” she said.
Before the celebratory moment, the pair had been discussing how her son’s teammates have bonded and supported the family during her illness.
“It was very important for me to make the trip and be able to watch the entire team play,” Garcia said. “They have really come together and become a family.”
The Little League organization offered their sympathy Tuesday afternoon, just after hearing news of Garcia’s passing.
May her memory be for a blessing.
Monday, October 03, 2016
I thought he’d quit in the middle of the season once he reached .300.
“ESPN and John Kruk have mutually agreed to end our relationship at this time. We’re thankful to John for his memorable contributions to our baseball coverage over the years – a run which included roles on our signature MLB franchises Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight. We wish John all the best.”
Kruk joined the network in 2004. This season, he mainly served as a studio analyst, and he also contributed to ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage. On a brief phone call, his agent declined to comment on whether or not another broadcasting job was on the horizon.
Kruk has done broadcasting work since 2001, first with Fox (including on The Best Damn Sports Show Period) and then with Comcast SportsNet and WPEN-AM in Philadelphia in 2003. He joined ESPN in 2004 and worked on a variety of programs, including Baseball Tonight (2004-12, 2015-present) and Sunday Night Baseball (2013-15).
Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:58 PM | 35 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
More evidence that MLB is awash in dough:
Walt Disney announced Tuesday afternoon that it is taking a minority stake in MLB Advanced Media’s spin-off media company, BAMTech. Disney is making a $1 billion investment in two payments—now and in January 2017—that will give it a 33% interest in the media company, with an option to become the majority stakeholder in the future.
Disney said that BamTech will collaborate with ESPN to launch a “multi-sport” subscription streaming service, including live regional, national and international sports events.
. . .
As part of the transaction, BAMTech was separated from MLB’s broader digital business, MLB Advanced Media, which has set an industry standard for live digital streaming services.
It has been reported elsewhere that each team put up $4M to start MLB Advanced Media, which was paid back a few years later, and they are now making $1B selling off a minority interest in a spin-off. Pretty good deal.
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