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Friday, May 24, 2019

Cole Hamels honors David Montgomery and says finishing career in Philly has always been a thought of his

CHICAGO — Cole Hamels received a special delivery Thursday morning.

He is now in possession of one of the memorial patches that the Phillies are wearing on their game jerseys to honor David Montgomery.

The beloved former club president died earlier this month after a five-year battle with cancer. His initials — DPM — are on the patch that the Phillies wear on their right sleeves.

Hamels requested one and Chris Ware of the Phillies’ communications office delivered it before Thursday’s game at Wrigley Field.

 

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, david montgomery, philadephia

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pennsylvania Mobile Sports Betting Will Bring Wagers Inside MLB Ballparks

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board expects the state’s first online sportsbook to begin live testing sometime in the next two weeks. That means, before the end of May, either Pittsburgh’s PNC Park or Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park will become the first MLB stadium to host fans legally betting on baseball from their seats.

Mobile sports bets are already being accepted in New Jersey, Nevada, and West Virginia, but none of those states are home to major league franchises. Now, either the Phillies or Pirates are set to make history.

Major League Baseball is often held to a different standard than other sports because of its traditional image as national pastime. Fairly or not, the memories of the 1919 Black Sox scandal and Pete Rose’s fall from grace still linger. Former commissioner Bud Selig said in a 2012 deposition that gambling was “evil, creates doubt and destroys your sport.”

But MLB is entering this new era willingly. The league has had a partnership with daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings since 2013 and, most notably, MLB partnered with MGM Resorts on an official gaming partnership last November. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the advent of in-ballpark betting at SportTechie’s State Of The Industry conference. He emphasized the league’s sports betting policies regulating commercial activities and insuring the integrity of games.

So, how long before bookies are wandering the stadiums, and how long after that before we get a reminder why this opening for gamblers is a bad idea?

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: betting on baseball, philadephia, pittsburgh

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has no issue with fans booing Bryce Harper

Philadelphia sports fans are certainly no strangers to booing, as they’re passionate about their teams, during both wins and losses.

Sometimes it translates to to cheering, but other times it translates to boos. Eagles fans even once booed Santa Claus.

And even with all that, it’s been a bit surprising to see fans booing $330 million man Bryce Harper. He will, after all, be playing for the team for the next 13 seasons.

Alternatively, one could argue that that would encourage the fans to boo all the more….

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, fans, gabe kapler, philadephia

Friday, April 12, 2019

Report: 2026 All-Star Game to be held in Philadelphia

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Major League Baseball will play the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia. The reason: to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Which, hey, that’s a good enough reason.

Can’t they have a World’s Fair instead, like they did in 1926?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: 2026, all-star game, philadephia

 

 

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