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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rags to riches: MLB to open NYC retail store at new offices

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s new office will have a rags-to-riches component.

The commissioner’s office said Monday it will open its first permanent retail location in the U.S., the MLB Flagship Store, next summer.

MLB is moving its offices in January to the west side of midtown Manhattan, near Rockefeller Center, in the tower above the retail store. The sport has been in its current offices, near Grand Central Terminal, since 1999. The new location will also house Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which has been farther downtown in Chelsea.

Is it just me, or does this feel like a peculiar combination of operations to want to have in the same building to any of you?

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. stevegamer Posted: October 15, 2019 at 01:51 AM (#5890603)
It's not too weird to me. Combining the administrative & media offices makes a lot of sense.

If they are going to open a retail store, they might as well put it in a storefront in the same building if it's a decent retail spot, and it sounds like it is. They may have figured out where they wanted the store first, actually.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 15, 2019 at 02:10 AM (#5890605)
Is it just me, or does this feel like a peculiar combination of operations to want to have in the same building to any of you?
Manfred doesn’t have to fire anyone, just reassign them to retail sales.
   3. asinwreck Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5890635)
MLBAM's current location is right by Google's large Chelsea offices and just down the street from one of the School of Visual Arts' buildings. A good place to recruit creative analytical talent, and a far cry from midtown's skyscrapers.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:50 AM (#5890636)
if it's a decent retail spot, and it sounds like it is.


I bet they see the store basically as a marketing effort; any revenue will just be gravy. Several businesses in that area have big flagship stores that exist as much to create hype and enthusiasm as they do to actually sell products. It's an incredibly busy area and the passersby are an almost impossibly diverse collection of tourists with disposable income from across the country and the entire world.
   5. Lassus Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:33 AM (#5890651)
The new location will also house Major League Baseball Advanced Media, which has been farther downtown in Chelsea.

Holy ####### Toledo, that is REALLY burying the lede. (I mean, I suppose there may have been a story on the MLBAM move elsewhere, but even so.) WTF cares about the retail store? (Although I agree for the location it's a pretty great idea.)

MLBAM is a massive, massive operation to move over.
   6. Joey B. Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5890659)
Holy smokes, after a long hiatus I'm just now discovering that the site owners finally got rid of all the hyper-political jagoffs once and for all, which is something that I and many others were begging for at least ten years ago.

I have no idea what the event or tipping point was that FINALLY made them decide that they had had enough, but all I can say is hallelujah, and better late than never. After all these many many years, we can all finally go ahead and talk some baseball!
   7. Greg Pope Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5890662)
I have no idea what the event or tipping point was that FINALLY made them decide that they had had enough, but all I can say is hallelujah, and better late than never. After all these many many years, we can all finally go ahead and talk some baseball!

I'm sure your return has nothing to do with the Nationals being one win away from the World Series.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5890663)
Holy smokes, after a long hiatus I'm just now discovering that the site owners finally got rid of all the hyper-political jagoffs once and for all

Not all of them...
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:01 AM (#5890666)

MLBAM's current location is right by Google's large Chelsea offices and just down the street from one of the School of Visual Arts' buildings. A good place to recruit creative analytical talent, and a far cry from midtown's skyscrapers.

Google actually bought the building that MLBAM is located in last year, which may be precipitating the move.
   10. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5890674)
   11. ajnrules Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM (#5890676)
I'm not entirely familiar with the geography of downtown Manhattan, but I think the NHL has a storefront in that area the MLB Flagship Store is going to be?
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM (#5890682)

#11 yes it's also a few blocks from the NBA flagship store. (Although it's definitely midtown, not downtown).
   13. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:08 PM (#5890685)
the west side of midtown Manhattan, near Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller center is definitely not the west side of Midtown. It's smack in the middle. I mean it's technically the west side, because it's west of 5th Avenue, but it literally touches 5th Avenue. No one calls that the "west side".
   14. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:24 PM (#5890688)
the west side of midtown Manhattan, near Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller center is definitely not the west side of Midtown. It's smack in the middle. I mean it's technically the west side, because it's west of 5th Avenue, but it literally touches 5th Avenue. No one calls that the "west side".


Right. 5th is the dividing line between the West and East sides. You can be standing in front of 2 East 36th, cross 5th and immediately be standing at 2 West 36th.
   15. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:32 PM (#5890692)
I bet they see the store basically as a marketing effort; any revenue will just be gravy. Several businesses in that area have big flagship stores that exist as much to create hype and enthusiasm as they do to actually sell products. It's an incredibly busy area and the passersby are an almost impossibly diverse collection of tourists with disposable income from across the country and the entire world.


Once upon a time I was reading something about rent on retail around Times Square, and the gist of the piece was basically that rent is so high that there's no possible way for these stores to turn a profit. The only way to justify them was to put them under the advertising budget.
   16. bob gee Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:43 PM (#5890697)
a friend of mine worked for a bank in their current building; he saw bud selig years ago in there.
   17. Lassus Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:56 PM (#5890698)
I'm going to miss hearing about Chelsea on MLB broadcasts. It was fun thinking of some of those commentators at the Big Cup.
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:13 PM (#5890790)

Can anyone explain the "rags-to-riches" reference in the headline/article?
   19. jmp Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:48 PM (#5890800)
It seems like a real stretch - but rags are the clothes, and riches is rich because Rockerfeller was rich?
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5890802)
I thought they might be implying that the retail workers/shoppers are poor and the MLB corporate execs are rich. But most of the jobs in MLB corporate offices are probably not high paying, and a lot of the people shopping in Rockefeller Center are reasonably well off.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2019 at 07:05 PM (#5890808)
Is it because Chelsea is associated with the fashion industry? Or because you can buy clothing in the retail store? Surely they don't think that moving from one midtown office to another implies that MLB is finally making money.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2019 at 08:25 PM (#5890833)
You guys are overthinking it. MLB (at least on the surface) wants to profit (gain "riches") by selling clothing ("rags").
   23. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2019 at 08:53 PM (#5890881)
So it's rags-to-riches in the same way that every store selling clothing, in the world, is also rags-to-riches? That's stupid.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:04 PM (#5890890)
So it's rags-to-riches in the same way that every store selling clothing, in the world, is also rags-to-riches? That's stupid.
Clearly you're not familiar with internet headline writing. As the great David St. Hubbins put it, "there's such a fine line between stupid and clever."
   25. Omineca Greg Posted: October 15, 2019 at 10:31 PM (#5890939)
No Chelsea Mourning: MLBAM's new midtown digs include aggrandising merchandising midscale retail Rockefeller cellar.

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