Minor League Baseball Newsbeat
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba…..
More than half a century has passed since the Havana Sugar Kings, a Cincinnati Reds affiliate, played in the Class AAA International League. Since the giddy gunfire of followers of the revolutionary Fidel Castro grazed a shortstop and a third-base coach at a game against the Rochester Red Wings. Since Havana won the 1959 Little World Series against the Minneapolis Millers here at home.
The notion of returning to those days, absent the gunfire, may sound like pie in the sky, given the longstanding American embargo against Cuba. But President Obama and the Cuban president, Raúl Castro, announced plans last December to restore full diplomatic ties — a first hesitant step toward normalizing relations — and some see a chance for an exemption from the embargo: a baseball “carve-out.”
What’s more, this group’s enthusiastic leader, a veteran minor league executive named Lou Schwechheimer, has spent the last dozen years preparing for just such a moment.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
“I feel blessed to have been able to play this game for so long and see so many places along the way,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”
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.”
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