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Sunday, March 01, 2015

OTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues

The rifle report of balls popping into gloves, the finessed footwork of a double play, the sludgy streams of tobacco exiting mouths.

One of those mainstays of the national pastime could soon vanish from California’s major-league baseball fields.

Already banned in minor-league parks, tobacco would be prohibited at every baseball venue in California under legislation announced Tuesday by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond. Thurmond and public health advocates justified the legislation as a way to discourage tobacco use by youths, and hoped it could send a message to other states, organized baseball and the players.

Bitter Mouse Posted: March 01, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 3647 comment(s)
  Beats: california, politics, tobacco

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer. The other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat. I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Lest you think Schilling was just joking or being goofy, he was asked in a follow-up whether he thought he would have gotten at least 100 more votes if weren’t an “outspoken Republican.” His response:

  “Absolutely. When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”


Thursday, January 01, 2015

OT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82

First Love Was Baseball

It was baseball, not politics, that first engaged him, and he proved as aggressive in one as in the other. After graduating from St. John’s Preparatory School in Queens in 1949, he played on the freshman baseball team at St. John’s University.

A strapping six feet tall, 190 pounds at age 19, he signed a contract to play center field for the Class D Brunswick Pirates in Georgia in 1952, reportedly receiving a $2,000 signing bonus, sizable for that time. Mr. Cuomo “plays hard” and “will run over you if you get in his way,” a Pirates scout wrote.

His baseball career was short-lived. Knocked in the head with a 3-and-2 fastball that summer, he was left blind for a week and forced to give up the game — leaving with a .244 batting average….

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 01, 2015 at 08:48 PM | 4359 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Saint Pete City Council Tells Rays NYET!

The Havana Rays has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?

The City Council of St. Petersburg has denied a deal that would allow the Rays to look outside the City of St. Petersburg for a new stadium location.

Kennedy then also questioned why the Rays should maintain 50% of redevelopment rights for Tropicana Field if they chose to leave. This appeared to be a strong sticking point to the Council, given their inability to renegotiate with the team on the proposed to deal.

In good faith, Kennedy then made a motion for the Council to schedule a workshop to discuss building a new stadium within the city of St. Petersburg.

The Council voted on and approved the matter immediately and unanimously, led by Kennedy with the hope to put, “real numbers on the table… that will allow the Rays to realize it’s worthwhile to spend some time evaluating what they can do in the City of St. Petersburg,” echoing Auld’s intent for “the next generation.”

boteman Posted: December 18, 2014 at 08:23 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: havana, montreal, politics, stadium deals, tampa bay rays

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Morosi - Effects of US Shift on Cuba Policy

Don’t make me wish I’d chosen an “off-topic politics” tag for this thread!!

“The near (term) future baseball relationships will be with Japan. I don’t think Cuba is ready to hand over its baseball to MLB.”

Even if the Cuban government allowed U.S. sports franchises that level of autonomy, MLB clubs would want to see if an international draft is instituted under the next collective bargaining agreement before making infrastructure investments. The notion of a MLB-affiliated franchise in Cuba, which last occurred in 1960 with the Havana Sugar Kings of the Triple-A International League, is undoubtedly many years and political concessions away . . . but suddenly plausible, on a momentous day for the nation and national pastime.

boteman Posted: December 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuba, politics, prospects

Saturday, December 13, 2014

First Major Leaguer Appointed Ambassador

The name Mark Gilbert may not be familiar to most baseball fans, but the former Chicago White Sox outfielder is primed to do something no other former player has done before.
On Friday, the U.S. Senate voted to approve Gilbert’s nomination to serve as a U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, which will make him the first major league veteran to serve in that capacity ...

Gilbert played all of seven games, hitting .273 with three runs scored and three RBIs. The following season, he required knee surgery and elected to walk away from the game and move on to a career in finance. But that cup of coffee with Chicago [White Sox] moves Gilbert into a category of his own.

#6bid rescued Ichiro the carpenter! Posted: December 13, 2014 at 04:08 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: general, politics

Monday, December 01, 2014

OT: Politics - December 2014: Baseball & Politics Collide in New Thriller

A crazed Chicago Cubs fan will do anything to guarantee a championship, and the President of the United States has a childhood secret that puts the Oval Office and lives at risk.

Bitter Mouse Posted: December 01, 2014 at 10:19 AM | 6207 comment(s)
  Beats: books, cubs, fiction, politics

Saturday, November 01, 2014

OTP Politics November 2014: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing

The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.

The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.

“The termination of her employment,” the Mets and Wilpon said in their filings in United States District Court in Brooklyn, “was based on legitimate business reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with her gender, marital status, pregnancy or leave.” They cited “business issues and conflicts in the workplace” between Castergine and her supervisor, Lou DePaoli, the team’s chief revenue officer, and other executives that arose before her pregnancy. The Mets and Wilpon offered few details behind their defense….

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 01, 2014 at 12:26 PM | 5123 comment(s)
  Beats: general, politics

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies

Closer to home, the “three strikes” policy in California attracted a wave of support by appealing to Americans’ sporting ideals and love of baseball. The measure, which mandated that repeat criminal offenders be imprisoned for life, drained state coffers while cramming jails with shoplifters and petty thieves. “Confronted with a hard question like how to deal with the complexities and challenges of prison policy,” Pollack told me over the phone, “most of us would prefer to swap in an easy question: Is baseball fair?” The Golden State legislature decided that yes, baseball was fair. Eight years after “three strikes” passed, that analogic reasoning had racked up a 1.2 billion dollar, 3,000 prisoner price tag.

Bitter Mouse Posted: October 01, 2014 at 07:57 AM | 4936 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

 

 

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