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Saturday, February 14, 2015

ESPN: Fate Of Ernie Banks’ Remains Disputed

Not as bad as Ted Williams’ fate. Yet.

Ernie Banks, the beloved Cubs great who once said he wanted to have his ashes scattered at Wrigley Field, is at the center of a battle over his remains, as his estranged wife has gone to court to prevent a longtime friend of “Mr. Cub” from having his remains cremated. .  .  . According to court records, Elizabeth Banks filed a petition to prevent a woman who describes herself in the documents as a longtime friend of Ernie Banks, his caretaker and the executor of his estate from having him cremated. The woman, Regina Rice, asserted her rights to dispose of Ernie Banks’ remains after his death last month at the age of 83, according to documents filed Feb. 2 by Elizabeth Banks’ attorneys. “Petitioner (Elizabeth Banks) is without recourse and shall suffer irreparable damage should Regina’s desires to cremate the remains of the decedent be granted,” she wrote.
.  .  .
The documents are included in what is a larger dispute over control of the Banks estate. Included in the file are documents in which Rice claims Ernie Banks was attempting to end his marriage to Elizabeth Banks, his fourth wife. The documents include a petition for divorce, signed by Ernie Banks, in which the Hall of Famer seeks to end his marriage because “irreconcilable differences have caused irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and that Elizabeth Banks had “committed extreme and repeated acts of mental cruelty upon petitioner (Ernie Banks).”

A document titled “Last Will and Testament” and signed by Ernie Banks on Oct. 17 of last year says he was “in the process of finalizing divorce” from his wife and that he had appointed Rice as the executor of his will. Nowhere does Banks discuss what he wants done with his remains. The dispute appears to be far from over. The attorney for Elizabeth Banks at one point argues against the validity of the will, saying only that it was “allegedly signed” by Ernie Banks.

At least no one is contending Ernie wanted to be buried on a rooftop overlooking Wrigley Field.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 14, 2015 at 12:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, death, ernie banks, fights, final call, lawsuits, legal, rip, wrigley field

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Washington Post: Appeal To Reverse Antitrust Rule Is A Desperate Swing For The Fences

A look at San Jose’s appeal to the Supreme Court, touching on the history of MLB’s anti-trust exemption, as well as the baseball background of some of the current Justices:

Justice Sonia Sotomayor is famously a Yankees fan — “You can’t grow up in the South Bronx without knowing about baseball,” she once said — who has thrown out the first pitch at a game and had the team bring the World Series trophy to her Supreme Court chambers. For her Christmas present this past year, Sotomayor’s younger brother Juan commissioned a painting of three Latino former Yankees — Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.

But the other justices may be pikers compared with Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., a diehard devotee of the Philadelphia Phillies. In a two-part (!) interview with a Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter in 2010, Alito displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of his team and remembered how Breyer had arranged for the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, to show up for Alito’s welcome dinner to the Supreme Court.

When Alito was 44, his wife sent him to Phillies Dream Week, the training camp for aging fans, where he turned a double-play and received the award as best fielder. “By the end of the week every single person there, I think without exception, had pulled his hamstring,” Alito said.

Justices posting at BBTF? Probably none.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

ESPN: Manfred Predicts Resolution Of MASN Dispute

How long did Jarndyce v. Jarndyce take?

“I’m not going to say a lot about MASN because it is in litigation,” said Manfred, who took over from Bud Selig on Jan. 25. “I will say this much. I think in reasonably short order, there will be a resolution of MASN, either by the litigation being done or some other mechanism.”

When the teams couldn’t agree on what the Nats’ rights fees should be, they appeared before MLB’s Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee: Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

The committee ruled last June 30 that MASN should pay the Nationals about $298 million from 2012-16, an average of just under $60 million—or approximately $20 million a year more than the current rights fee. When MASN didn’t comply with the arbitration award, the Nationals attempted to end the rights agreement.


 

 

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