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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

As Atlanta Braves search for new spring training home, donations flow to key Florida state senators

Drain the swamp!

The Atlanta Braves still don’t know where in Florida they will move their spring training operations in 2019, but that is not stopping them from sending campaign donations to key state legislators who could help them with stadium financing when they do find a new home.

Earlier this month, the Braves gave $1,000 to a political committee run by new Senate Appropriations chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. That is just months after the team sent $1,000 donations each to new Senate President Joe Negron and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, who will run the Senate Rules Committee.

The Braves are in a bit of a spring training stadium limbo. Their 20 year lease to train at the Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando ends in 2017. The team and Disney are working on a one year extension to cover 2018 while they search for a new home. Team officials told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this year that with spring training teams for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals moving out of Osceola and Brevard County respectively, the team is left with few teams close to play regularly, putting them on longer bus rides to Florida west coast or southeast Florida where more teams are now clustered.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2016 at 05:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, field of schemes, politics, spring training

Monday, November 28, 2016

OTP: 28 November 2016: Bud Selig reminisces about 1999 MLB trip to Cuba, meeting Fidel Castro

Once Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, there was a small window where it was somewhat easier for Latin players to make the transition to las Grandes Ligas. But that all changed when Castro overthrew the Batista regime and took control of Cuba in 1959.

Luis Tiant, the star pitcher for the Indians and Red Sox and who pitched for the Yankees as well, never returned to his native Cuba after the 1961 failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Tiant, now 76, was playing in Mexico at the time of the botched, CIA-backed military operation designed to topple Castro. Tiant fled to the U.S. in ’61 and carved out a stellar major league career, including his star turn in the 1975 World Series between his Red Sox and the Reds.

Earlier that season, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern brokered a deal with Castro that allowed Tiant’s parents to travel from Cuba to the U.S. to see their son pitch for the Sox. Luis Sr., Tiant’s father, was a pitching star in the Negro Leagues, and he threw out the first pitch before his son took the mound at Fenway against the A’s in an Aug. 30, 1975 game.

“My father got beat around pretty good,” Tiant’s son, also named Luis, told The News Saturday, referring to his father giving up six runs in 2.2 innings of a Red Sox loss. “My grandfather was not too happy about it.” Tiant’s parents remained in the U.S. after their arrival in ’75, but both died the following year several days apart. Luis Tiant, the former major leaguer, returned to Cuba in 2007, an emotional trip that was documented in the 2009 film, “The Lost Son of Havana.”

 

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: November 28, 2016 at 12:08 AM | 1825 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, cuba, cuban players, otp, politics

Monday, November 14, 2016

OTP 14 November 2016: Curt Schilling Mocks Matt Damon

Curt Schilling was giddy following the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election.

The former Red Sox pitcher and possible future Senate candidate chatted with TMZ Sports on Wednesday to express his joy over the results and to mock Hollywood stars who supported Hillary Clinton. In particular, Schilling singled out Matt Damon, saying that he and other celebrity supporters should “go away” now that America has decided it’s next president.

(As always, views expressed in the article lede and comments, including express or implied support for the Boston Red Sox, are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

 

BDC Posted: November 14, 2016 at 04:45 PM | 1616 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, red sox

Monday, November 07, 2016

OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 4331 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, politics, world series

Monday, October 31, 2016

OTP 2016 October 31: Stepping Up to the Plate: A Brief History of Baseball Players in Politics

South of the United States, players like Bobby Avila, Aurelio Lopez, Raul Mondesi, Magglio Ordonez and Melido Perez became involved in politics in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. It’s a similar story for several Japanese baseball players too.

But success in the baseball stadium does not guarantee victory in the political arena. Walter “Big Train” Johnson, the Hall-of-Fame pitcher for the Washington Senators, lost a race for U.S. Congress for the GOP in 1940 when he promised to “study up on them issues” once elected from Maryland (he lost, most likely based on that comment).

We are galloping down the home stretch with only a week to go.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 31, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1544 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, October 24, 2016

OTP 2016 October 24: Breitbart Radio Exclusive: Curt Schilling Joins Breitbart News Rotation Weekdays 9AM to 11AM ET

The Arizona native said he is depicted as a close-minded, hateful man in the media when the opposite is true.

Schilling said an example of how he is treated in the media is his recent appearance on CNN with Jake Tapper.

“I asked him as a person of the Jewish faith, why people, who practice that faith would be supporters of the Democratic Party — given their anti-Israel, anti-Jewish stance,” he said. “After that — I was called an anti-Semite — and I am thinking to myself: ‘What a minute?’”

Yet, all the time, Christians are asked to defend or attack policies based on their being Christians, he said.

“I am not taking my news anymore from ‘the media’ because the media has very clearly given all pretenses away of objectivity,” he said. “They want and need Hillary Clinton in the White House.”

Only *2* more weeks until Election Day.

(Views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 24, 2016 at 01:03 AM | 1348 comment(s)
  Beats: breitbart, curt schilling, politics

Monday, October 17, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the ‘League of Legends’ World Championship

The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.

Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that sung “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch (most common on Sundays and during Yankee’s games), you experienced the lingering cultural repercussions of post-9/11 America. After the attacks, baseball as an American pastime became a cultural representation of our nation in relation to global terrorism.

This isn’t an attack on the expression of national pride and honor at sporting events, but it’s silly to think that sports (and by extension eSports) can ever be politics free. Even the very makeup of our “American” baseball teams are political in nature. It’s always deliciously ironic when you hear the national anthem at baseball games when well over a quarter of athletes are foreign born (27.5 percent in 2016).

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 17, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2095 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, video games, yankees

Thursday, October 13, 2016

#NatsRide Helps Fans Help Themselves After DC, Metro Snub Them

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.

“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.

Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.

And as most Nats fans don’t want to die a fiery death on a Metro train, they win two ways by sharing rides to the park!

Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, politics

Monday, October 10, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 10: Sox fan Obama ‘pleased to see the Chicago Cubs play so well’

I asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about Obama and the Cubs at the Wednesday briefing. Obama is a die-hard Sox fan. Less known: He has a mixed marriage. Michelle grew up on the Cubs.

“Well, the president is a loyal Chicago White Sox fan,” replied Earnest, taking a sip from his Kansas City Royals cup.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1759 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago, cubs, politics, white sox

Monday, October 03, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 3: Tossing around a little politics, baseball

The next debate, a vice-presidential one between Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and his Republican counterpart, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4. The next two presidential showdowns are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 03, 2016 at 07:57 AM | 3767 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, September 26, 2016

OTP 2016 Sep 26: A single for Donald Trump - He doesn’t have to hit a home run to send Hillary to the showers

There’s baseball tonight, and politics, too. Politics, like baseball, is a game of inches. A called strike, two inches within the strike zone, a fly ball that clears the left-field fence by three inches. A tag at third base misses by four inches. An inch here and two inches there, and a late-inning rally ruined.

Baseball is the all-American metaphor for politics, and Donald Trump must keep his eye on the ball if he wants to avoid the missed inches and extend his rally. This is no time for a sharp remark about Hillary’s fragile health or a crack about her pants suits that he just can’t resist. He has to watch the ball over the plate.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 26, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 2082 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, September 19, 2016

OTP 2016 Sep 19 - Race for the White House: The Greatest Circus on Earth

But is the volume of inches of news space and on-air minutes that are devoted to the U.S. presidential race internationally any longer justified?

I believe it isn’t. It is but a quaint habit by now.The near-interminable, grinding race for the White House has degenerated into a self-feeding media circus. Worse, the event has largely become a severe obstacle in global affairs.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 19, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 1707 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, politics

Monday, September 12, 2016

OTP 2016 Sep 12: Iraq, Hillary and baseball

Opening up the interview, King asked Trump: “What surprised you the most about running for office?”

Trump pointed to the media’s “tremendous dishonesty.”

“I mean, they’ll take a statement that you make, which is perfect,” Trump said, “and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it, or do something with it, then all of a sudden, it doesn’t look like as good as it did when you actually said it.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 12, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 1346 comment(s)
  Beats: politics

Monday, September 05, 2016

OTP 2016 September 5: Baseball, Politics & Comedy

From baseball and politics to comedy, Drew Forum speakers will display a lot of range this fall and winter.
Between September and February, the Drew University series will feature Seth Meyers, host of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers; Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; New York Times columnist Gail Collins and political players Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: September 05, 2016 at 12:58 PM | 1118 comment(s)
  Beats: commissioner, politics

Monday, August 29, 2016

OTP 2016 August 29: Minor-league team offers Trump, Clinton bobbleheads with real hair

On Sept. 3 some lucky game-goers will receive a bobble of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, and said bobblehead will be adorned with real hair. Putatively, this is a feature and not a bug.
But wait: That’s not all!

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 29, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 1397 comment(s)
  Beats: bobblehead, bobbleheads, minor leagues, politics

Monday, August 22, 2016

OTP 2016 August 22: Baseball has much to teach us about politics

On this day in 1870, pitcher Fred Goldsmith demonstrated to baseball writer and historian Henry Chadwick that the curve ball is real. And the world was never the same.

The New Haven Register, Goldsmith’s hometown newspaper, wrote about the event recently.

“No game was scheduled this particular day, but a large crowd, curious to the proceedings, began to gather,” the Register reported. “[Goldsmith’s friend Ham] Avery, the story goes, drew a 45-foot line in chalk. He then hammered 8-foot poles at each end, and another in the middle. Goldsmith, just 14, strolled out from the sidelines. His objective was to release a pitch from the left side of the first pole that would circle the center pole and then cross back to the left of the far pole.”

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 22, 2016 at 07:47 AM | 1021 comment(s)
  Beats: curveball, history, politics

Monday, August 15, 2016

OTP 2016 August 15: Amarillo’s Politics Could Cost City a AA Baseball Team

Nelson presented a feasibility study to the Lubbock city council Thursday showing how bringing a major league affiliated baseball team to the city would benefit them not only culturally with downtown development but economically as well.

“Part of the project is to build a stadium with a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats. Nelson said. “Deterime the ideal site for that stadium. Determine the viability of sharing the stadium with the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 15, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 989 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, minor leagues, politics

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

38 Pitches His Hat Into the Ring

The three-time World Series-winning pitcher recently revealed some pretty serious political plans in perhaps the most casual manner possible — in the comment section of one of his own Facebook posts complaining about the Democratic Party.

“I am going to run, soon,” Schilling wrote back.

When asked for details, Schilling replied, “state office first, white house in 8 years :)”

And then he added: “or if by some amazing illegal event this country elects another clinton.”

Edit: We already have a political thread. I really don’t want two going simultaneously. Nevertheless, this is news worthy, so I’ve posted the thread but commenting has been disabled.

Whaddaya think of that, John Moore? Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bloody politicians, politics

Monday, August 08, 2016

OTP 2016 August 8: Arlington could generate more tax dollars without new Rangers stadium

{A recent study] hints at an even smaller tax impact than what has been widely promoted.

The report from HR&A Advisors notes—without specifics—that some of the tax money would be used to pay off stadium debt. Also, the $2 million annual rent would help pay off the debt and eventually go toward stadium improvements when the bonds were retired. None of the Rangers rent would end up in the city’s general fund.

With those adjustments, the amount of Rangers-generated tax dollars helping pay for city services would be $66.4 million or a little more than $1.7 million each year.

The most exciting issue on my local ballot this year :)

 

BDC Posted: August 08, 2016 at 12:35 PM | 1507 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, rangers, taxes, texas

Monday, August 01, 2016

OTP 2016 August 1: The haiku intersection of baseball and politics

I spent most of that part of the game watching the current and future Vice Presidents give their convention speeches. Biden pointing out - in what was likely his last major address as an elected official - that Donald Trump “doesn’t have a clue”, and Kaine doing his moderately impressive impression of the Republican nominee. Sandwiched between them was a genuine billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, advising America to “elect a sane, competent person” instead of the self-proclaimed billionaire the Republicans nominated last week.

Back at Wrigley, the no-hitter - and the shut-out - ended with Kris Bryant’s solo shot in the bottom of the 6th. A 7th inning 2-run homer by Javy Baez gave the Cubs their first lead of the game. By the time Addison Russell got his first career grand slam in the 8th, I was ready to switch back to the Convention, just in time for President Obama to take the stage for his valedictory convention address.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:15 AM | 2019 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, politics

Monday, July 25, 2016

OTP 2016 July 25: Card Shark - Bikini trading-card king Brian Wallos expands his empire to politics

Wallos’s Decision 2016 political trading-card set, released in mid-April, is perhaps the most ambitious and comprehensive effort to date for cable-news addicts who also grew up collecting baseball cards. Instead of documenting when a player was drafted in what round, Wallos reminds collectors of the exact moment each candidate dropped out of the race. And rather than commemorating highlights, like Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, Decision 2016 cards capture seminal moments, like Hillary Clinton facing tough questions at the Benghazi hearings and Pope Francis condemning Donald Trump’s views on immigration. Borrowing another baseball-card gimmick, one out of every 288 packs contains an “authentic cut-signature” card from a presidential candidate, and one of every six packs includes a special “Trump Under Fire” insert card documenting one of the Republican nominee’s many controversial moments.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 25, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 2475 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball cards, politics

Monday, July 18, 2016

OTP 2016 July 18: Girls’ softball teams being shut out of city defibrillator policy, while boys’ teams given life-saving devices

Youth softball coaches are furious that their predominantly female leagues have been left out of a city law that gives free defibrillators to youth baseball leagues.

That new law, which Mayor de Blasio signed in May, provides a free automated external defibrillator for baseball leagues who play on city fields in case a kid gets hit with the hard ball in the chest.

“The law should cover all sports,” said Peter DeMauro, a longtime youth sports coach who currently coaches girls’ softball in Brooklyn neighborhoods Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. “It’s only called softball. It’s not a soft ball. It’s the same density as a regular baseball.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 18, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 1834 comment(s)
  Beats: new york, politics, softball, youth baseball

Monday, July 11, 2016

OTP 2016 July 11: Power player interns with Congressman Raul Ruiz by day

It’s a rite of passage for a United States president to throw out the first pitch in a Major League Baseball game at least once during his tenure. Other than that, though, politics and baseball don’t often mix. That’s what makes the summer schedule of Palm Springs Power relief pitcher Alex Strizak unusual.

By night, Strizak is a relief pitcher for the Palm Springs Power. By day, he is an intern working for U.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert).

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 11, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 1784 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, politics

Monday, July 04, 2016

OTP 2016 July 4: Bustos withdraws support for baseball bill

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., has withdrawn her support for a bill that would have exempted minor league baseball players from the minimum wage standards in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The bill drew nationwide attention, as it was introduced in the midst of a legal fight over whether to pay minor leaguers the minimum wage.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: July 04, 2016 at 04:08 PM | 1904 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leaguers, politics, salaries

Monday, June 27, 2016

OTP 2016 June 27: Republican comeback after eight years? Yeah, on the baseball diamond

Gallego, who joined fellow Democrats during their sit-in of the House, was suited up and ready to play and rolled his eyes when a reporter tried to ask a question about politics.

“I love baseball,” said Gallego. “I’ve been playing since I was about 6 years old.

“It’s tradition of the Democrats playing the Republicans every year and I wanna take part in that this year,” said Gallego, a freshman playing in his first game here. “So I’ve been practicing with the team and hopefully I get to play today.”

Even though the stands were clearly divided between Republican and Democratic supporters, players and fans alike said the partisanship pretty much ended with the team lineups and the seating arrangements.

“You can tell that people are joking and cheering and it’s not very like, you know, mean-spirited even with all of the stuff that’s been going on lately, so it’s nice,” said Hannah Brown, a college student in D.C. for a summer internship. “It’s very American.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: June 27, 2016 at 07:30 AM | 2102 comment(s)
  Beats: congress, politics

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