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Friday, November 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 20, 1915:

That the Yankees will erect their new baseball stadium in Long Island City became almost a certainty yesterday afternoon when Capt. T.L. Huston declared that there are three sites over in Queens that appear favorable to him and Col. Ruppert, President and principal backer of the local American League club.
[Huston:] “There has been a lot of criticism heaped upon us for thinking of deserting Manhattan Island and locating in Queens. But we are ready to sink or swim in our investment and our ideas…With the money we can save by building elsewhere we can invest in new players for the team.”

Obviously, the House That Peckinpaugh Built never actually got built. The Yankees did eventually “desert Manhattan Island”, though that seems to have worked out fairly well for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stadiums, yankees

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Jackson’s Janet Marie Smith a true baseball hero

In 2012, Smith accepted the position of senior vice president for planning and development with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a position she holds today. And once again she’s working for Kasten, president and part owner of the Dodgers. He called Smith “my best off-season acquisition.”

“I’ve worked for four teams but was hired by two people — Larry Lucchino and Stan Kasten,” she says. “Like I said, there has been a lot of luck involved.”

As the old saying goes, luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity.

In his book “A Nice Little Place on the North Side,” saluting the Cubs’ Wrigley Field turning 100 in 2014, author and baseball historian George Will writes, “The three most important things that have happened in baseball since the second World War was Jackie Robinson taking the field in Brooklyn in 1947, free agency arriving in 1975 and Oriole Park at Camden Yards opening in 1992 … Major League Baseball owes a debt to a willowy woman from Mississippi. To those who said, ‘You can’t turn back the clock,’ Janet Marie Smith said, ‘Well, we’ll just see about that.’ ”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2015 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium renovations, stadiums

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editorial: PawSox fiasco - Opinion - - Providence, RI

This is the oldest ownership ploy in the book. You can’t extort a community without an option, whether the option is truly viable or not.

The new owners — several of whom have Rhode Island connections — have made plain they will not keep the franchise at McCoy Stadium, an outmoded park in a gritty industrial neighborhood of Pawtucket. Are Worcester or Springfield, medium-sized cities in Massachusetts, options? We have our doubts. Greater Providence remains one of AAA baseball’s best markets.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, stadium deals, stadiums

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MLB Beer Prices

$7.75 will get you a thimble full of warm Budweiser at Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 05:45 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: concessions, stadiums



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