Sunday, March 12, 2017
DJ Gallo spends a week reading Breitbart Sports so we don’t have to:
I always endeavor to watch sports, if for no other reason than to gain a brief escape from the rest of our hyper-partisan culture. But then I happened to discover that there is something called Breitbart Sports. Yes, Breitbart.com, the flagship website of the nationalistic, alt-right. The angry white man to the New York Times’ old gray lady, the publication whose headlines (and longtime publisher) have somehow come to inform the most powerful and misinformed man in the world, is slinging sports news and takes with the rest of us.
The idea of sport as a uniter made it through the first world war, but could it withstand an association with Breitbart?
(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)
Posted: March 12, 2017 at 07:18 PM | 1534 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties—Outkick has heard from a variety of different sources that ESPN is cutting up to $100 million in on-air salaries.
Yep, on air. This means you’re going to know many of the people leaving the network.
The cuts will come via buyouts and expiring contracts that won’t be renewed and when those layoffs start becoming apparent many will recognize that what Outkick has been writing for a couple of years now—ESPN is in a world of trouble and doesn’t know how to stem a rapidly collapsing business model.
ESPN’s collapse is the biggest story in sports yet most still haven’t realized it.
That business collapse at ESPN has caused a panic at the network, a desperate grab for relevance that has led to a pronounced leftward move. ESPN’s trying desperately to stay relevant as ratings collapse and subscribers flee. The decision? “We’ll be MSESPN, the home for far left wing politics and sports!” Only, it’s not working.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Mark Teixeira will go from sending “Tex messages” to breaking down film, as the retired slugger is joining ESPN as a baseball analyst, the network announced on Tuesday.
Teixeira, 36, retired after playing 14 seasons in the majors with four different teams, most recently with the New York Yankees. In New York, his home runs were called “Tex messages” by radio play-by-play announcer John Sterling.
“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their all-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”
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)
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