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Friday, November 14, 2014

NYDN: Former minor league pitcher who slapped a woman aboard F train sad because he can’t wear his favorite 8-Ball jacket anymore

Meet the Man Responsible for the Slap Heard Round the Subway:

He won his freedom - but might lose his favorite jacket.

The Bronx bouncer who slapped a woman after she taunted him about an 8-Ball jacket - sparking an epic subway brawl - said Thursday he’ll have to leave the coat in the closet this winter.

“I can’t wear my jacket anymore,” a choked-up Jorge Pena, 25, said a day after it was revealed Manhattan prosecutors dropped all charges against him, relying on the viral video that reveals he was defending himself.

The former baseball prospect from the Dominican Republic was talking at his lawyers’ office while wearing the infamous 8-ball jacket.

But out on the streets, sporting the coat triggers negative reactions, like: “This is the man who slapped a girl,” Pena said, adding he’s also apprehensive about taking the subway.

The 6-foot-6 father slapped Danay Howard, 21, with a right hand that once tossed 98 mph fastballs when he pitched for the Oakland Athletics’ minor league squad, before his dream ended with a knee injury in 2011.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 14, 2014 at 02:05 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullying, crime, minors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pace-Of-Play Initiatives Get Mixed Reviews In AFL - BaseballAmerica.com

Of course, if these rules end up in place, routines will change.

“It’s tough,” Seager said. “You almost feel rushed. It’s not your normal (routine) where you can take your time, get your rhythm. It’s kind of on somebody else’s rhythm. It was a little rushed … getting on and off the field, getting your stuff done in the dugout and in the box mainly because you only have 20 seconds between pitches. You swing and then get right back in—it’s a little weird.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2014 at 06:35 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, rule changes

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Change is all the rage in affiliation shifts | MiLB.com

The affiliate shuffle is on.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2014 at 10:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: minors

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Photo of the day: Bill Murray, indy league ticket-taker

Actor Bill Murray—America’s Best FriendTM—is of course part owner of the independent-league St. Paul Saints, and the Saints on Thursday bid final adieu to Midway Stadium, their home yard for lo these many years. To mark the occasion, Mr. Murray showed up and performed the tasks of the otherwise overlooked and taken-for-granted ticket-taker ...

A movie theater in my area was playing Ghostbusters in honor of the 30th anniversary.  1) Great call by the theater, 2) Great movie.  Took my daughter to it, she loved it and asked me why they don’t make movies like that anymore.  Man, I wish I knew the answer to that one…

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 31, 2014 at 02:35 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: bill murray, minors

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cowboy Monkey Rodeo taking the Minors by storm

The act billed as “Tim ‘Wild Thang’ Lepard and Team Ghostriders” has become one of minor league baseball’s best-sellers, with fans filling ballparks to watch Lepard’s cowboy-clad capuchin ring-tailed monkeys riding on the backs of border collies, chasing after big-horned sheep.

For a sport that embraces the offbeat like no other, the cowboy monkey rodeo—which now dots three-dozen teams’ promotional schedules—seems like a natural fit.

“What I tell people is that if you can watch the cowboy monkey rodeo and not smile, you have no soul,” said Harrisburg Senators (Eastern) general manager Randy Whitaker, whose team has booked Lepard each of the past four seasons.

this isnt a re-translated copy of Jimmy James book, its a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo!

odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: July 22, 2014 at 02:35 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, monkeys

Friday, July 18, 2014

BP: Why are we playing the Hunger Games with minor leaguers?

Is this a good system? I don’t ask that question as an exercise in moral philosophy with the poor pitiable minor leaguers cast as a vulnerable group in need of protection. I’m asking this from the other side. Is it smart for teams in Major League Baseball to willfully pay their minor leaguers so little? Aside from cost-savings and the moralizing, could teams actually have more success developing players if they opened their wallets a little wider?

In addition to the points made in the article, a lot of minor leaguers have to supplement their income by working in the offseason at a job rather than working on their craft and potentially making a breakthrough. The assumptions used by the author seem reasonable, though I don’t know enough about minor league finances to know how pay works, or how players staying in the system longer would affect the number of players in the organization.


 

 

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