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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Urban: Buster Posey has entered superstar spectrum

Wrong halo Buster.

Superstardom supersedes pretty much everything, you see. The New York Yankees suck? Blame A-Rod. Cleveland Cavalliers lost in the NBA Finals? LeBron James isn’t clutch. Giants lose the 2002 World Series? Barry Bonds’ PED karma.

You get the idea. That’s how it goes for Posey now. He’s official. He’s a superstar no matter how aw-shucks anonymous he’d like to be. Hey, if those Toyota ads couldn’t slow his superstar roll, it’s all over. He’s there.

(Grown men and women sat in a high-level Toyota meeting, heads nodding, when those ads got the green light, by the way. Makes you just a little sad for all of us, doesn’t it?)

Anyway, Posey’s it. He has it. And as such, another 2013 Posey season, i.e., tremendous by most any other player’s standard, simply won’t do.

...But if Buster ain’t Buster? Sorry, folks. Superstars steer, and nobody in San Francisco is remotely capable of steering the good ship — not even Captain Bruce Bochy himself — as can Posey when he’s fully embracing and totally embodying all he’s been given and all that’s been thrust upon him.

The gifts, of course, are the talent, the easily earned clubhouse respect, the sheer purity of a man so clearly put on Earth for a very specific reason.

And all that’s been thrust upon that man is the expectation of being superstar enough to be a human version of that hypothetical Hudson elixir.

... That’s the life of a Superstar — capital S. And that’s Buster Posey, more than at any time he’ll likely encounter in his career, for the next six to eight months.

Only his very, very best will do. Without it, the Giants are just a good bunch of guys. With it, the Los Angeles Dodgers will get the trouble they deserve.

Repoz Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Madden: On 25th anniversary of Pete Rose ban, steroid man Barry Bonds is back in Giants’ fold

Brooding Bill Madden hasn’t been this ticked off since Lucy Ann Polk split from The Four Polks!

One can only imagine what Pete Rose must have been thinking last week seeing convicted felon Barry Bonds , an arrogant, surly “anti-ambassador” of baseball his entire career, who cheated his way past Hank Aaron to the all-time home run record and then lied about his use of steroids to everyone, including a federal grand jury, back in uniform for the San Francisco Giants as a special spring training instructor.

There but for his own arrogance and lying about his transgressions against baseball could he too be back in baseball?

It was indeed a strange coincidence that Bonds should end his seven-year exile at the same time Rose’s ban for betting on baseball is now coming up on its 25th anniversary, and he was featured in the Daily News and on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the subject of a new book by SI’s Kostya Kennedy, “Pete Rose — An American Dilemma.” It probably says everything about Bonds’ return to the Giants that, on the day he arrived in camp last week, neither managing general partner Larry Baer nor GM Brian Sabean was anywhere to be found. You can be sure no one was more repulsed by Bonds’ appearance in the Giants camp than commissioner Bud Selig. Unfortunately, Selig was powerless to stop it because, despite being the poster guy for the steroids era in baseball, Bonds never failed a drug test, and despite Bonds’ post-career conviction for obstruction of justice in the government’s BALCO steroids case, the commissioner was unable to suspend him for conduct detrimental to baseball.

It’s believed Bonds wangled his invitation after lobbying some of the Giants’ limited partners and Baer, realizing that, like it or not, the Giants are eventually going to have start accepting him as part of their history, reluctantly gave the okay. And no doubt with the Hall of Fame in mind, Bonds was all nicey-nice with the reporters he held in contempt during his playing days, reminding me of the famous line by legendary New York baseball writer Frank Graham, about ‘20s Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, who shunned the writers most of his career until finally deciding to oblige them in his last season: “He’s learning to say hello, when it’s time to say goodbye.”

Repoz Posted: March 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Friday, March 14, 2014

The 8 most loyal fanbases in major league baseball

Fans like teams with winning records; that is a shock. What would the Yankees (or Giants, or Red Sox, or….) be if they went 62-100? Those seem like the loyal fans to me.

SoCalDemon Posted: March 14, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: dumbness, giants

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Josh Reddick robs Mike Morse of 2 HRs in same game

Videos in link. Poor Mike Morse.

Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:56 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, robbery, wizards

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Barry Bonds will be spring training Giants instructor

I fully expected Barry Lockridge to come back to Giant land before Barry Bonds!

Barry Bonds is scheduled to return to the Giants from March 9-17, serving as a special instructor for the organization’s young hitters. Bonds has long wanted to take on a more active role with the organization, but the two sides have not been connected in an official capacity since 2007, Bonds’ last season in Major League Baseball.

The years since have been filled with performance-enhancing drug allegations, a perjury trial and a conviction for obstruction of justice, but the Giants are not worried about Bonds being a distraction.

“He’s part of what we’ll do here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He’s going to be like the other guys and help where he can.

“I don’t have any concerns.”

During an appearance at AT&T Park in 2012, Bonds told reporters that he had approached Giants CEO and President Larry Baer about working for the club in some form. The conversations have continued informally since then, and the Giants felt that the timing was finally right to bring back one the best players in baseball history, albeit one with a complicated history.

“Collectively within the organization, we felt that given Barry’s desire to continue to contribute to the Giants, we should be open-minded about giving him the same invite that we have given to other players in the past,” Baer said.

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 92 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history

Bryan Stow Attackers Plead Guilty

Another chapter in this sad story. Steve Dilbeck opinion piece says they plea bargained.

Marvin Norwood, 30, pleaded guilty to one courtof assault likely to produce great bodily injury and Louie Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to one coumt of mayhem. Stow, a paramedic in Northern California, suffered serious head trauma and will require care for the rest of his life from a permanent disability. He has a pending civil lawsuit against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.

Also a more newsy article in the Washington Post.

Washington Post article



Did that work?

Knock on any Iorg Posted: February 22, 2014 at 03:28 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fans, giants

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SFGate: Egelko: Baseball Sued Over Low-Minor League Wages

While major-league baseball players earn millions of dollars and club owners share billions in revenues, minor-leaguers are paid $3,000 to $7,500 per season and train for weeks without pay, in violation of minimum wage and labor laws, their attorneys charge in a lawsuit. The suit filed against Major League Baseball and three teams, including the San Francisco Giants, said baseball executives and club owners “have preyed upon minor leaguers, who are powerless to combat the collusive power of the MLB cartel.”

No apparent shortage of labor, though.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 19, 2014 at 06:53 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball is awash in money, cheap owners, cheapskate, giants, greed, lawsuits, legal, minor leagues, mlb, salaries

Friday, February 14, 2014

Whatever Happened To ... Antonelli Tire Co.?

I once attended a punkdrunk wedding up in Binghamton, NY and sorta came to in an Antonelli Tire Co’s parking lot.

He was arguably the best major leaguer to come from Rochester, but generations might have known Johnny Antonelli better from his post-baseball career.

The Jefferson High School graduate and World Series hero owned a tire business that expanded to 28 shops throughout New York state. He went from the pitcher’s rubber to pitching rubber tires and, for years, was the exclusive Firestone tire dealer in the area.

“I started the business with my World Series money,” Antonelli said from his home in Pittsford. He won the 1954 World Series while pitching for the New York Giants. The payout was a whopping $8,750, and, Antonelli said, “You could start a business then with $8,750.”

...Superstar teammate Willie Mays once commented to Antonelli about his success. Antonelli set up a meeting between Mays and Firestone officials, with plans for Mays to open tire stores in Oakland. All went well until the Firestone people asked Mays to put up a $25,000 start-up fee. The story is recounted in the book Johnny Antonelli A Baseball Memoir, by Antonelli and Scott Pitoniak.

“Willie, who was making $125,000 at the time, was taken aback,” Antonelli writes in the book. ” ‘Willie Mays doesn’t come up with any money,’ he said. And that was that … It’s too bad Willie didn’t make the investment because those stores became very profitable, and Willie would have made millions.”

...Antonelli got out of the tire business in 1994. He had become frustrated with Bridgestone, the company that bought out Firestone, and called it quits.

“We decided we were just spinning our wheels,” Antonelli said, no pun intended. “We decided to get out of the business.”

Repoz Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, history

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fairservice: Buster Posey, Hall of Fame?

Fairservice? Not if Murray Chass gets into the Giants locker room.

Those are impressive names, with Hall of Famers and soon to be Hall of Famers at every turn (and also Jason Kendall!) Buster Posey is on the fast track to “generational talent”, if we care about such things. The comparison to Mike Piazza is most telling, as Piazza never had the same defensive reputation as Posey, who is well-regarded for his pitch blocking, throwing and overall handling of his pitching staff.

Like Posey, Piazza played his home games in a pitcher’s park. During the first five years of Piazza’s career, he hit .347/.412/.601 away from Dodger Stadium, while Posey owns a .321/.389/.521 career line away from AT&T Park.

Two great players, two of the finest catchers in the last 30 years. Piazza went on to a Hall of Fame career, moving to Florida and then the New York Mets, where he posted some of his best seasons through his early 30s. Piazza basically spent his entire pro baseball career in very large pitchers parks.

Buster Posey is set to remain a member of the San Francisco Giants for the next seven years, signing with the Giants through 2021 (with an option for 2022.) He’s a Giant for now and perhaps a Giant for the duration of his career.

Posey acknowledged that last season didn’t play out, on a personal level, as well as he hoped. He showed up to Giants’ media day claiming he added ten pounds of muscles this offseason to allow himself to “stay strong” throughout the system. Heading into his prime, learning more about his body and what it takes to be in productive for all 162, be it behind the plate or with a few breathers at first base mixed in for good measure.

There is no doubt that Buster Posey is a superstar, one of the best players in baseball. He’s accomplished and still young, the core of a competitive team that already achieved the ultimate team prize in 2012 and 2010. Yet somehow he seems slightly overlooked in the greater baseball sphere. If Posey puts together another huge season for the Giants, the soft-spoken Georgian will have no choice but assume his place among the game’s greats.

Repoz Posted: February 10, 2014 at 05:22 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hof

Monday, February 03, 2014

Levi’s strengthens San Fran ties with Giants extension

Time to break out those hideous Panatela slacks!

The San Francisco-based brand will also rename the Giants’ casual Friday policy for front office staff, which will become Levi’s Casual Fridays, ‘encouraging employees, including players and coaches, to sport their Levi’s jeans on Fridays’.

  “The San Francisco Giants and the Levi’s brand are two iconic bay area organisations sharing a common thread in engaging passionate players and fans,” said Levi’s brand president, James Curleigh. “We couldn’t be more proud to renew our commitment with the San Francisco Giants in an effort to build on our legacy and an even stronger partnership over the next five years.”

“We are extremely proud that this new agreement will ensure that one of baseball’s oldest franchises and one of the world’s most iconic apparel brands will continue to partner in their shared hometown of San Francisco. It is an honour for us to connect with our fans through a brand that continues to define our lifestyle today,” added Larry Baer, the Giants’ president and chief executive.

Repoz Posted: February 03, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MLB: Affeldt, Romo not proponents of newly approved caps

Well, you can tell everybody
Down in ol’ Frisco
Tell ‘em
Bob Montgomery says hello.

The new caps will be optional for the 2014 season. For the Giants, it’s just as well. They expressed skepticism, at best—and negativity, at worst—regarding the caps, which are a half-inch thicker in front and an inch thicker near the temples than what they’ve been wearing. Also, the padding adds seven ounces to the heft of the traditional caps, which weigh three to four ounces.

For most of the Giants contacted, old habits die hard.

“I won’t wear it. No chance,” left-hander Jeremy Affeldt said. “The thing is huge and bothersome. I don’t want to try and figure out how to keep it on my head and throw a pitch with conviction at the same time.”

Right-hander Sergio Romo was slightly more diplomatic.

“I’m not going to wear one unless they make me,” Romo said with a laugh. “But I’m all for it. I’m big on substance versus style. I think it’s a great idea from a safety standpoint. Obviously, it doesn’t really say a whole lot, fashionably. But it’s all about protection. We’re trying to put on a show for the fans, and the last thing we want is for anyone to get hurt in any way.”

...Yet Righetti believes that overcoming fear of being hit by the ball is part of the challenge that separates Major Leaguers from other athletes.

“Being old school, I think that the big leagues should be tougher and, in a sense, a little bit dangerous,” said Righetti, who pitched for 15 years in the Majors. “That’s what separates you. It’s a cat-and-mouse game as it is. If you make somebody blink. ... I know, firsthand, hundreds of guys who were scared to death to throw pitches out over the plate to certain guys because they didn’t want the ball coming back at them and getting themselves killed. I’m sure it’s the same thing for hitters. They won’t admit it, but there are some guys that don’t like the ball coming up near their head and freak out when it does.”

Repoz Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pavlovic: Giants’ Pablo Sandoval denies report that he’s lost 42 pounds

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is denying a report that he has dropped 42 pounds this off-season.

In two tweets sent Wednesday morning, Sandoval wrote, “I just wanted to express my opinion about some media comment about me losing 42lbs, I haven’t made any comment about how much weight…

“... I had lost so far. the day everyone will find out is the day before we report for ST 2014 - On a Mission - God Bless You all.”


Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, selfie

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Schoenfield: The 10 worst mascots ever

1. Crazy Crab (Giants)
2. Chief Noc-a-Homa (Braves)
3. Original Pirate Parrot (Pirates)
4. Twinkie the Loon (Twins)
5. Charlie-O (A’s)
6. Ribbie and Roobarb (White Sox)
7. Bernie Brewer (Brewers)
8. Dandy (Yankees)
9. Junction Jack (Astros)
10. Rootin’ Tootin’ Ranger (Rangers)

The District Attorney Posted: January 14, 2014 at 03:56 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, braves, brewers, david schoenfield, giants, mascots, pirates, rangers, twins, white sox, yankees

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Calcaterra: Dontrelle “Rasputin” Willis to sign minor league deal with Giants

Some guys never get a shot at the big leagues. Or if they do, it’s far too short a shot and they are overlooked for the rest of their careers, exiled to Triple-A or worse. You gotta make the best of that shot. You may never get another one.

Unless you’re Dontrelle Willis, of course, in which case you seemingly get a couple dozen shots and will until you just don’t fell like trying anymore:

I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

... Since [Willis] left Florida following the 2007 season he’s 4-15 with a 6.15 ERA while walking 7.1 hitters per nine and allowing 9.3 hits per nine. And… he hasn’t even gotten a significant MINOR league look since 2011.

I know he’s a lefty and lefties are supposed to live forever, and by all accounts he’s a great guy to have around (at least if you don’t ask the Orioles). But there has been nothing — literally nothing — positive to be seen in his pitching in a decade. No indication whatsoever that he can help a ball club. How does he still get chances when so many other pitchers don’t?

Probably like this:

Dontrelle Willis turns 32 Sunday. In prime years. If he’s in good shape and figured out control issues, he could be great story. #sfgiants

— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014

A nice thought. But people have been having that same thought for years. It never pans out.

The District Attorney Posted: January 11, 2014 at 06:35 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, diamondbacks, dontrelle willis, giants, independent leagues, marlins, orioles, phillies, reds, tigers, transactions

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Giants find their left fielder, sign Mike Morse to one-year deal

San Fran is imposing a Morse code.

On the way out of Orlando, the Giants finally found their left fielder. The club agreed to a one-year deal with slugger Michael Morse on Thursday morning, pending a physical.

Morse, 31, is coming off a down year with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. He hit just .215 in 88 games, with a .270 on-base percentage and 13 homers. The Giants are hopeful that Morse can find the 31-homer form he showed for the Washington Nationals in 2011 and the power that the lineup is sorely missing. The Giants finished 29th in the majors with just 107 homers a year ago, and had been looking at a platoon of Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez, two hitters known more for their defense.

In parts of nine big league seasons, Morse is hitting .281 with 83 homers and a .334 OBP.

Morse, who hits from the right side, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, and will fit the Pat Burrell mold the Giants used so successfully in 2010. While the Giants prefer sound defensive players, manager Bruce Bochy often pointed out last season that the club had for years gotten by with poor defenders in left field. In close games, he’ll have the option of removing Morse early, with both Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez expected to be on the bench.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, mike morse

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

SF Giants Minor Leaguer Players in Arizona Crash

The crash occurred when a team van collided with a car after pulling out of a hotel’s driveway.

Police and fire spokesmen said either three or four people affiliated with the Giants were hurt and taken to a hospital, while Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter says six Giants minor league players were transported.

Police Sgt. Mark Clark said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general, giants, injuries, san francisco

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Source: Giants to sign Javier Lopez to three-year deal

Yesterday Brian Sabean said the San Francisco Giants were close to bringing back Javier Lopez, and we’re hearing the deal is close to being official: three years for $13 million.

Lopez, 36, made $4.25 million in each of his last two seasons, so this isn’t much of a raise in terms of average annual value. However, there are other obvious advantages for Lopez in this deal.

First, three years guaranteed isn’t bad for a pitcher in his late-30s, even if lefty relievers tend to stick around a while as long as they stay productive….

Lopez also has the best mound strut in the game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2013 at 02:44 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, javier lopez, loogy

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tim Hudson Heads West, Joins Giants | FanGraphs Baseball

Two years, $23 million.

No pitcher without his warts is going to sign a two year deal anymore, so when you’re shopping for a short term rotation upgrade, you have to pick and choose which flaws you prefer. The Giants chose to bet on a quality pitcher recovering from a fluke injury and continuing his 15 year run as one of the game’s most effective and consistent starters. I’d take that over a bet on Bronson Arroyo’s magical hit prevention or Dan Haren’s xFIP being more predictive than his recent results.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2013 at 05:51 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, sabermetrics, tim hudson

Friday, November 15, 2013

Batkid: San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish come true

Batkid > Ben Affleck

San Francisco will be transformed into Gotham on Friday as 5-year-old Miles, who has successfully battled leukemia, will get to save the day as the superhero Batkid. The event is the culmination of a youngster’s fertile imagination, the efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media.

About 12,000 people have signed up to help make the boy’s fantasy of being a caped crusader come true, thanks to the feel-good story going viral on the Internet. They will cheer on the pint-size champion as he foils elaborately staged, nefarious plots and captures evildoers throughout San Francisco, uh, Gotham….

It will begin at 10 a.m. with Suhr issuing the call that Batkid is needed. Traveling by Batmobile, the masked boy will rescue the distressed damsel—is there any other kind of damsel?—from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks.

Then, Batkid will apprehend the Riddler in the act of robbing a bank vault. Then a flash mob will alert Batkid that the incorrigible Penguin has kidnapped Giants mascot Lou Seal. Our hero, who will rescue the mascot at AT&T Park. Then it’s on to City Hall where Mayor Ed Lee will present Batkid with a key to San Francisco/Gotham and most of the volunteers will be present to cheer for Batkid.

Video of AT&T Park here.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: batkid, giants, someone must be chopping onions

Monday, November 04, 2013

Giants prospect sustains graphic wrist injury in Dominican

The future is highly uncertain for outfielder Gustavo Cabrera, the Giants’ prized signee from last year’s international free-agent class, after he sustained a horrific right wrist injury in the Dominican Republic.

Baseball America’s Ben Badler broke the story and saw pictures of the injury, which he described as “gruesome” and “graphic.”

“Cabrera appeared to nearly lose his right hand,” Badler wrote.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 04, 2013 at 07:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general, giants, injuries, prospects, san francisco, winter leagues

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Miami Herald: Baseball’s Marlins, Giants under investigation for federal wage violations

Two Major League Baseball clubs – the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins – are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor for possible federal wage law violations. The investigations come amid wider concern about questionable pay practices throughout professional baseball, according to interviews and records obtained by FairWarning under the Freedom of Information Act.

Officials with the department’s Wage and Hour Division announced in August that the Giants had resolved the prior case by agreeing to pay $544,715 in back wages and damages to 74 employees. Many were clubhouse workers the agency said were paid at a daily rate of $55 but who sometimes worked so many hours that they got less than minimum wage and no overtime. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.


Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 24, 2013 at 05:56 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, labor, marlins

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tim Lincecum and the Slow Death of ERA | FanGraphs Baseball

David Cameron has an interesting take on the Lincecum contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2013 at 07:05 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, sabermetrics, tim lincecum

Grantland:Rocked—An oral history of the 1989 World Series

Jim Berkland, geologist: I said the World Series quake was coming. I said it would be a 6.5 to 7. I had 6.5 to 7 because that’s what happened in 1865, and the conditions were very similar. I had all of these conjecture-y things: the tides, the whales, the homing pigeons, the hot springs, the geyser. I had all of that. The Mercury News no longer wanted to carry my predictions because they told me they were bad for business. So the Gilroy Dispatch printed it on Friday, the 13th of October.

Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: October 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: geology, giants, world series

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lincecum re-signs with Giants

My mind is boggled

Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2013 at 07:57 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, questionable decisions, sabeanmetrics, timmeh

Friday, October 18, 2013

Baseball Fever: Sketches of MLB stadiums from 1946-47 Sporting News

Gene Mack from the Boston Globe did a series of all the parks, reprinted in the Sporting News in 1946 and 1947

Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 18, 2013 at 09:01 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, browns, cubs, dodgers, giants, history, indians, old school, pirates, red sox, reds, senators, stadiums, tigers, white sox, yankees

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