Minor League Baseball Newsbeat
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Maybe someone will make a movie?
Mike Hessman’s dedication to playing professional baseball never resulted in an extended stay in the major leagues, and it looks like it never will. However, that dedication paid off Monday night, as the 37-year-old broke a noteworthy minor-league record that had stood for almost 80 years. Playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, Hessman hit a grand slam for his 433rd career home run in the minors. That topped the career total of Russell “Buzz” Arlett, who played from 1918 to 1937.
Hessman was mobbed by teammates at home plate after his seventh-inning homer, and they doused him in champagne after the game.
. . .
Hessman is one of just four players ever to hit more than 400 home runs in the minor leagues. Since 2010, he has played for Buffalo, Oklahoma City, Louisville and Toledo, plus he spent 2011 playing in Japan. In all, Hessman has played in over 2,000 minor-league games.
I hope he got more than champagne for his achievement.
Monday, August 03, 2015
Larry Lucchino’s new project is trying to screw over the taxpayers in Rhode Island. His biggest cheerleader is House speaker, Nicholas A. Mattiello. Mattiello is trying to paint the opposition as extremists. Although some of them might be, all it takes is a little knowledge about how these deals work to oppose any deal which transfers taxpayer money into the pockets of owners, who are already making a ton of money.
“The extreme right and the extreme left are opposed to this,” Mattiello said in an interview. “It makes sense that both extremes are against something that is moderate and thoughtful and designed to create economic growth and activity.” But, he said, “Most Rhode Islanders are moderate and thoughtful.”
As we go forward, I’ve got two words for you to pay attention to: “revenue neutral.” I suspect we’ll hear a lot of discussion about how to define that neutrality.
“It depends on the factors you take into account,” Mattiello said. “The way I’m looking at it now is what the direct impact on taxpayers is going to be and what revenues come in and out. That is direct activity generated by the ballpark — not the multipliers, the indirect activity created by more people in Providence.”
Would the revenue-neutrality calculation include the value of a 30-year property tax break? Mattiello said he considers property tax “irrelevant because it was going to be a park. It was never going to be a tax-generating property. In fact, it would be saving money because they don’t have to maintain the park.”
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Help recoup the cost? This is a bad deal for Providence and Rhode Island.
Skeffington said the new owners would put up the $85 million required to design and build the ballpark, but would seek state and city subsidies after it’s finished to help recoup the cost. They also want a 30-year lease on the land – at $1 a year – from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission and Brown University, with an option to buy it at fair market value at the end of the lease.
The team is asking state lawmakers to approve a guaranteed 30-year state lease of the new stadium that would commit taxpayers to pay about $5 million a year in rent, which would come out to $150 million over the life of the lease. The team would then sublease the stadium back from the state for $1 million a year, putting the net cost to taxpayers at $4 million annually, or $120 million over the life of the lease.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
At least its not the Yard Goatse.
The team held a “Name the Team” contest that drew close to 6,000 submissions. Two weeks ago, the team announced a list of 10 options that was cut to five a week later.
After much chatter both locally and nationally, the team’s naming committee — owner Josh Solomon, general manager Tim Restall, consultant Chuck Domino and a California sports branding and marketing company — picked the name that ignited the most buzz, much of it mocking.
So the franchise once known as the Bristol Red Sox is now … the Hartford Yard Goats.
People in the YMCA gymnasium saw two live goats, hedgehogs, toy helicopters and a rain of confetti after the announcement. The goats were brought onto the stage, but they nervously strayed to the side.
Get used to seeing goats. Although the name Yard Goats is technically an old railroad slang term for an engine that switches a train to get it ready for another locomotive, the animal angle lends itself to logos and merchandise. Hartford’s stadium could have a petting zoo, at least on some nights.
“When you think of a name, it’s about what you can market and what appeals to kids,” Restall said. “We can do a lot with this name.”
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans Wednesday to build an 1,800-seat stadium at the Walter Fuller baseball complex in western part of the city.
But he said he didn’t know how much it would cost to build or when construction would start.
“We don’t have an idea yet. We are working on finalizing those numbers,” Kriseman said.
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