Sunday, November 30, 2008
Bart Giamatti again
- and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come,
- it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.
- You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then,
- just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops"....
A Closer look at Frankie Rodriguez 2008 stats, such as poor ERA, highest walks of his career, 7 blown saves
(Tyler's Take, FoxSports.com, 11/4/08): "While Rodriguez had a historic season, a lot of his current market value is derived from context....Saves aside, his 2008 campaign was actually one of the worst single-season performances of his career.
- His strikeout-per-nine innings ratio, which has steadily decreased every year since 2004, reached its full-season career low, 10.1....
Rodriguez also struggled with his control at times,
- walking 34 in 68.1 innings pitched. His 4.5 walks per nine innings, in fact, tied for the highest total of his career, as he also posted
- his worst K/W ratio (2.27, 77-to-34) since reaching the majors back in 2002.
Perhaps even more telling is this: among major league relievers who registered more than 40.0 innings pitched, Rodriguez
- did not finish in the top 15 in ERA (19th) or
- K/9 (19th), top 40 in opponents’ OPS (42),
- top 100 in K/W ratio.
The flame throwing right-hander...led the league
- in only two statistics,
- saves and
- save opportunities. ...
- did not receive the press due to the severe gap in saves between the leader and every other reliever.
Rodriguez, it is worth pointing out, blew seven saves to finish behind several of his contemporaries in save conversion rate. If he posted a similar mark with fewer chances to shut the door with a lead in the ninth inning,
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'Boss Radio' chief Bill Drake passes
Collateral Yankee moves-Newsday
- The Yankees also let go special pitching instructor Rich Monteleone,
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Oops--Thousands in Puerto Rico on wait list for Correa Baseball School
- the small number of children that desire to play baseball," said Lou Melendez, Major League Baseball's vice president of international baseball operations.
- "The kids in Puerto Rico are like those in the U.S and they have other activities to engage in, so the sport of baseball is competing.""
- "The average graduating class at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School is between 55-70 students a year. There are thousands on the school's waiting list."
- 12/29/07, Diane M Grassi: "Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, after 69 years went without its winter league operating this 2007-2008 off-season, due to budget shortfalls of its league development.
- MLB has yet to take a stance on the state of baseball in
- Puerto Rico which must adhere to the same rules of U.S. born players,
- having to finish high school and be 18 years of age to sign a minor league contract, attend a junior college or complete at least 3 years of a 4-year college
- and/or be 21 years of age if the 3rd year is not completed.
- with either Venezuela or the Dominican Republic. But without the funding to develop its young prospects, it appears
- Puerto Rico has become too costly an investment
- for MLB.
And Panama, literally a banana republic, once the home for Chiquita Bananas International, until it moved to Costa Rica where labor was cheaper, also has largely been ignored by MLB. Only 5 major leaguers from Panama remained on MLB rosters in 2007, most notably NY Yankees pitcher, Mariano Rivera, and Houston Astros outfielder, Carlos Lee. Hall of Famer, Rod Carew also hailed from Panama.
- But Panama development would require a long-term investment. And there too the national baseball federation is at odds
- with MLB....
- It is all about the dollar, no matter if young boys and men of the Dominican Republic are exploited, or whether Venezuelan's are threatened with the possibility of losing their now national pastime.
- And why MLB can negotiate with Communist China but does not see fit to redevelop baseball again
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ESPN bosses told Joe Morgan to mute concerns about increased power hitting--Zirin
Zirin, 7/17/07, NPR: "Increased offense and media buzz meant increased money. In 1995, with the sport on life support, the owners sold their broadcast rights for 565 million bucks, which represented a major loss. In 2001, they sold the playoff rights alone for $2 billion.
- Balls were flying over the fence at a record, ungodly pace. It was far more pervasive than the wildly promoted Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa home run chase in 1998... Slap hitters were hitting twenty homers. Twenty-home-run guys were up to thirty.
As Joe Morgan said, "I would be broadcasting a game and there would be players hitting balls in a way that they had no business hitting them."
- Morgan was told by his bosses at ESPN
- not to raise any concerns about this fact.
Morgan's unease about the "cheapening of the home run" was rooted in reality. But it would be wildly ignorant to accept the conventional wisdom put forward
- by everyone from the sports media to the U.S. Congress to the baseball moralists that steroids are the reason or even most of the reason for the 1990's power boom. It doesn't even come close to telling the whole story. It's an argument born of hysteria.
- As veteran baseball writer Bob Klapisch said, "Somewhere someone decided that baseball needed more runs. It was made at a very fundamental level.
- And little by little, step by step, this became the new reality. There has been too much to write it off as coincidence."
- This is what these guys do. They sit in a room and make unaccountable decisions....
Sources of the Boom
The new parks are "fan-friendly"—unless your kid happens to go to a school whose shrinking budget paid for these monuments (ballfields built with public funds) to corporate greed. They are, in any case, long-ballfriendly with shorter fences.
- It doesn't take George Will to tell us that shorter fences mean more home runs.
Then there are the balls and bats themselves.
- Countless baseball insiders believe that the ball is now wound tighter than it was twenty years ago.
- As for the bats, as recently as fifteen years ago, players used untreated ash bats.
- Now the bats are maple and lacquered. That means the ball goes farther.
- Next we have the incredible shrinking strike zone. The area where a pitched ball can be called a strike has shrunk, in the words of pitcher Greg Maddux, to "the size of a postage stamp."
The owners consciously engineered this trend, and when umpires refused to assent to a microscopic, uniform strike zone,
- Major League Baseball crushed their union and
installed machines to monitor their abilities. The smaller strike zone means that pitchers have to hit very precise spots to get a strike. That means batters can target those areas for upper-cut home run swings.
- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer said,
- "The loss of the high strike has changed the game
- more than any pill."...
But an equally big reason that power numbers are up is that the game finally shed its nineteenth-century view of strength conditioning.... For example, it has been the conventional wisdom for most of baseball's history that lifting weights would destroy your swing, causing the muscles to bunch up....
- Many teams even had a practice of fining or suspending players if they were caught pumping iron. Now weight lifting is a part of every team's regimen as they have realized—to the shock of the old-timers—that being stronger means you can hit the ball farther.
All of these factors are independent of illegal steroids. I made this case last winter on a radio show and a writer for Sports Illustrated asked me if I also believed in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus....But the best proof is that in 2006, the off-season saw intensive testing and far fewer positive results, while home run numbers this year were up. Before he was injured, Albert Pujols was on pace for eighty-four home runs....Well Then, Why Use Them? Sports are a lottery ticket out of poverty. The gap between success and failure is razor thin, but the practical difference is astronomical. A minor league player makes on average about $1,200 a month while an even marginal MLB player can make $500,000 a year.
Poverty marks the background of most pro athletes, but in baseball this tendency is particularly extreme...Teams fund multimillion-dollar "baseball academies" to develop talent on the cheap. But it bears repeating that, for every star like Pedro Martinez or Miguel Tejada, there are thousands of Dominican players cast aside.
And the Dominican Republic is attractive to major league execs for more reasons than its sunny beaches and never-ending supply of prospects.
- Steroids are legal in the D.R. Top prospects can find ways to supplement their skill with a no-risk supply.
- But those not in the top tier often take cheaper animal steroids. Minor leaguer Lino Ortiz took this route, went into shock, and died.
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ESPN is killing sports media--Whitlock
- others don't see coming or don't have
- courageous sports journalism.
ESPN is the enemy of the truth, and all who believe a pursuit of the truth
- is the lifeblood of a genuinely free society must stand
- against the Wal-Mart-ization of sports journalism.
I reached this conclusion when trying to figure out why Ball State quarterback Nate Davis isn't one of the top-five Heisman Trophy candidates and Ball State coach Brady Hoke isn't the front-runner for national coach of the year....
- I love Ball State. I'm not willing to lie for Ball State.
If it was 1985 and Sports Illustrated and print journalism were still the institutions driving the conversation in the sports world, a Ball State football alum and
- a late-night talk-show host wouldn't be the media people telling you
- about Davis and Hoke.
Believe it or not, before ESPN purchased the majority of relevant sports programming and
- seduced most of the creative, independent-thinking, connected sports writers to join its evil empire, there was this magical time
- when substance and the little guy actually had a voice in the sports world....
Yes, back before one television enterprise monopolized the sports world, you actually could put together a serious run at the Heisman even if you weren't the starting quarterback of the top-ranked team Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger just anointed....
- Look, if the sports world didn't operate under the control of a
- sports-media dictatorship, I wouldn't have to provide you the context.
- A powerful, unbiased, independent journalist would've traveled
to Ball State during the summer and talked with the man who recruited Tom Brady to Michigan (Brady Hoke) and the man who coached Tom Brady at Michigan (Ball State offensive coordinator Stan Parrish)....
- As a journalist, it's important that I disclose to you that I love Ball State. When I have a bias, I let you know it in hopes that you will read my commentary in context.
- I'm hoping most of you reading this realize or remember that I worked at ESPN for many years and parted company
- (was fired) with the network three years ago
primarily after Mike Lupica and "Sports Reporters" producer Joe Valerio made it clear that I would not be allowed to talk about Barry Bonds and steroids in a way they found disagreeable. (There's more to the story and you can Google and find all of the additional background rather easily.)
- ESPN is so financially tied to the organizations it covers and so
- devoid of basic journalistic ethics that it cannot properly analyze the sports world....
If you're going to televise multiple Big 12 games in primetime on ABC and ESPN, you have every reason to promote
- the myth that the majority of Heisman Trophy candidates play in the Big 12....
This is the combination that is killing the sports media. No journalism background, no real athletic experience
- and no backbone. No clue.
- (Chris) Fowler wouldn't make a competent blogger....
Hoke built one of the nation's best teams, is the MAC's eighth-highest-paid coach and still doesn't have his own office.
Stories like Hoke's and Davis' used to define my profession and enrich our enjoyment of sports.
- Now we're fed a steady diet of Donovan McNabb didn't know games could end in a tie
Sports media is dying by suicide and ESPN is Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
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Friday, November 28, 2008
Hostage negotiations on CC
- Or get someone to work with Hal Steinbrenner on how to negotiate and how to control the yaps of people leaking information on such matters. Just an idea.
New MLB Channel features a studio 42--Neil Best
- one dubbed Studio 3 to honor Babe Ruth,
- the other Studio 42 for Jackie Robinson.
- That they are, especially No. 42, which is being constructed as a half-scale faux stadium, complete with brick walls and artificial turf, that can be used for live demonstrations from staff experts such as Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds....
- In the first hour Jan. 1, a studio show, then the first-ever TV replay of
- Don Larsen's 1956 perfect game, with expected appearances by Larsen and Yogi Berra."...
- "Does that include the bad stuff? Remember, Petitti answers to MLB owners and executives."...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Bob Grant gone from 8P-10P show on WABC radio-will be heard this Friday filling in for Mark Levin
- Bob has been replaced by Laura Ingraham from 8-10PM or Curtis Sliwa from 10PM-1AM depending on how you look at it. Either way it's a big loss for radio and for Bob's many fans. The entry of Curtis's show at 10PM caused Ingraham's show to move and it happened to move to Bob's time slot. I heard Mark Levin say "the great Bob Grant" would be filling in for him this Friday 6-8PM. Bob may do other fill in appearances between now and the end of the year when his contract ends. I'm hopeful he'll re-emerge somewhere.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sabathia's silence may be his answer--Newsday
- Or subject himself to the daily scrutiny, the blaring headlines, the braying talk-radio hosts, the impossible-to-satisfy expectations of the fans.
- Maybe, having gotten a taste of the good life in the NL - he started 9-0 as a Brewer - he'd rather not return to a league where you never get to face a pitcher.
- the Yankees might not be such an ideal fit after all.
- With their checkbook, the Yankees sent a strong message to Sabathia: We want you here. Badly.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Financial failures usher in new presidency--Spengler
- "The cleverest people in the United States", the Ivy-pedigreed investment bankers, have fouled their own nests as well as their own net worth, and persuaded the taxpayers to bail them out....
- and crony regulators would allow....
- The Reagan administration had encountered a stock market in 1981 trading 50% below its the long-term trend. Reagan restored the equity market to trend by cutting taxes, suppressing inflation and easing some regulations.
- That explains how a Washington political operative like
- Rahm Emanuel, now Obama's chief of staff, who studied ballet rather than balance sheets,
- could earn a reported $16.2 million in two-and-a-half years at Wasserstein Perella, the mergers and acquisitions boutique....
- None of them
- introduced an important new product,
- opened a new market, or
- did anything that reached into the lives of ordinary people.
- read balance sheets,
- sat on philanthropic boards, and
- And it will turn out no better than it did for
- the humiliated Republicans. "
Instead of Citi Field, 'US Taxpayer Field"
- Struggling Citibank just sealed a multi-billion-dollar emergency "backstop" deal with the U.S. government. The financial behemoth, suffering with billions in bad mortgage-related assets on its books, recently shed 53,000 workers and saw its stock price lose over half its value.
- Yet it's in a 20-year contract to pay the New York Mets $400 million to name the team's new stadium "Citi Field."
"This type of spending is indefensible and unacceptable to Citigroup's new partner and largest investor: the American taxpayer," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., in a statement Monday. ...
- Bank of America (TARP take: $25 billion) is reportedly poised to ink a $20 million-a-year sponsorship with the New York Yankees – a team that is hardly hurting for cash. They are already in a reported 20-year, $140 million deal with the Carolina Panthers football team to call the team's arena "Bank of America Stadium."
Bank of America spokesman Joseph Goode said his bank's deal with the Panthers is making the bank money. "Any investments we make in sponsorship marketing are directly linked to driving revenue growth for the bank," he said, noting the deal also allowed Bank of America to market debit cards with the Panthers logo. He would not comment on the reported pending deal with the Yankees."... via Lucianne.comTweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
MSG had big plans for Francesa--Neil Best
- But YES exercised its right to match a deal believe to be worth around $2.5 million per year for five years, leaving MSG "quite disappointed," according to Bair....
"But it doesn't mean we’re not going to continue with the relationship. We’re still in talks with him to do other things.""...Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon
Price of Dissent on Global Warming
- "WHEN I first stuck my head above the parapet to say I didn't believe what we were being told about global warming, I had no idea what the consequences would be. I am a scientist and I have to follow the directions of science, but when I see that the truth is being covered up I have to voice my opinions.
- The sad fact is that since I said I didn't believe human beings caused global warming, I've not been allowed to make a television program.
My absence has been noticed, because wherever I go I meet people who say: "I grew up with you on the television, where are you now?"
- It was in 1996 that I criticised wind farms while appearing on children's program Blue Peter, and I also had an article published in which I described global warming as poppycock. The truth is, I didn't think wind farms were an effective means of alternative energy, so I said so. Back then, at the BBC you had to toe the line, and I wasn't doing that.
At that point, I was still making loads of TV programs and I was enjoying it greatly. Then I suddenly found I was sending in ideas for TV shows and they weren't getting taken up. I've asked around about why I've been ignored, but I found that
- people didn't get back to me. At the beginning of this year there was a BBC show with four experts saying: "This is going to be the end of all the ice in the Arctic," and hypothesising that it was going to be the hottest summer ever. Was it hell! It was very cold and very wet and now we've seen evidence that the glaciers in Alaska have started growing rapidly, and they have not grown for a long time."...
- Lehman Brothers Climate Change Report, Feb. 2007, widely used in carbon trading business deals
Initial offer to Varitek 1 year--Bradford
- Although the dollar value is not known,
Lee Hamilton on XM 175
- (On Nov. 14, 2008): Radio free agent, Lee ‘Hacksaw’ Hamilton , who did afternoon drive sportstalk for 22-years on XTRA -San Diego and KLAC -Los Angeles, talks baseball this weekend in Washington, DC. He will host the Sunday baseball show on ‘Home Plate XM-Channel 175′ from 12noon-4pm-PST. Hamilton did fill-in work last month on the Mad Dog Channel with Chris Russo on Sirius-XM.
- will not go to the Yankees, but to the Dodgers, Angels, or Giants.
- Lee notes 5 and a half bats were shattered per game on average in 2008.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wishful thinking re Mike and the Mad Dog
Wondering about Dibble, Kennedy, and Classic Games on XM 175
- Barnesy: "So far, I'm disappointed with Mark's forced departure, pleased with
- (I liked Dibble and Kennedy together). sm
- Jeff2411: "I see their is no more classic games. "
- Richie: "The games weren't classic anyway. They rarely played a game more than a couple of years old and never played any games from the 50s or 60s that could actually be called classic."
- (Mel Phillips): "What XM is going through now is a convincing argument against carrying sports. Since announcing its deal to carry
- Major League Baseball in 2004, XM has forked over roughly $180 million of the total package of $650 million due MLB before the deal has concluded in 2015.
- (Needless to say, baseball needs to stay on satellite radio, hopefully it's XM). sm
Hideki Matsui recovering from surgery will not play in World Baseball Classic 2009
- (Newsday): "In 2006, Matsui upset not only Japanese fans but major-league and Players Association officials, who wanted Matsui and Ichiro to co-headline Team Japan.
- Players Association COO Gene Orza attempted to demonize Matsui publicly for his lack of interest in the event.
Mike Francesa chats about Mike & the Mad Dog with Neil Best
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Time is even better for NY Times to sell the Red Sox
- ""I don't think Yankee fans care much about the Red Sox," "Roger Angell, 12/9/2001
- "It's also true that the rivalry on the field (Yankees-Red Sox) isn't what it was. While the Red Sox have fielded consistently solid teams for several years, the Yankees, of course, have won three of the last four World Series.
- "I don't think it changes the rivalry at all, because there's not much to it left," said Roger Angell. "It's there, but it hasn't been much of a contest.
- I don't think Yankee fans care much about the Red Sox,
- From the same 12/9/01 NY Observer article, posted on this blog 3/22/08.
- In 2001 the NY Times and the Werner group including partner George Mitchell bid to buy the Boston Red Sox. From the New York Observer by Sridhar Pappu and Jason Gay, 12/9/01:
"The New York Times wants a piece of the Boston Red Sox, and talk about a strange romance. Like Caesar and Cleopatra.
- The Times Company has hitched itself to a bidding group headed by television producer Tom Werner-former owner of the San Diego Padres, co-creator of Roseanne , Katie Couric's boyfriend-because the ball club comes with a television station. That's easy to understand: The Times , for 50 years a television tortoise,
- is eager to strengthen its media grip in the region where the paper paid $1.1 billion for The Boston Globe in 1993.
- and not just the baseball business-the Boston Red Sox, of all things, the team that seems to exist as a photographic negative of the New York Yankees....
- There was also some moaning about conflicts of interest should Mr. Werner's and the Times Company's bid-
- other partners include skiing kingpin Les Otten, and "adviser"
- and former Maine Senator George Mitchell-go through.
"The more I think about things, the Red Sox are a really swell organization," Dan Shaughnessy, the Globe columnist and author of The Curse of the Bambino , the primer on Boston's tragic baseball history, wrote, jokingly, in the paper on Nov. 30. "I think I've been too harsh on the Sox over the years."
- ...Now, entered into the Red Sox race, the company may been looking to "solidify its position as the leading news and advertising media in New England," as it said in a written statement, but it's trespassing into territory far deeper and more complicated than the weird 1946 near-trade of Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio.
- it's about the Yankees," said Bob Costas, the NBC sports broadcaster." Even though The Times doesn't represent the Yankees, it's a strange connection to the city that has dealt them so much heartache, and is the object of so much resentment."
- The Times Company, of course, carefully points out that its minority-ownership stake in Mr. Werner's group means it will not have any role in the operation of the ball club. ...
- "The integrity of our news reports and the vitality of our business depends on maintaining the independence of our journalists from commercial pressure," the written statement read. (Through a spokesperson, the Times Company declined an interview request about their involvement in the Red Sox bid and how it fits within the company's broader television mission, saying it was too early to do so.)
- Between the lines, however, the Times Company is signaling that this deal is just business. If the Red Sox accept Mr. Werner's group's bid,
the newspaper will have control of the New England Sports Network, a bland but potent MSG-type carrier that is now in 3.6 million homes. To the Times Company, NESN is purely a vessel, one that would not only carry local sports teams, but also serve as a platform for Globe -oriented programming and personalities-and more important, a lure for advertisers seeking a multi-media buy....
- Of course, nothing seems like a fantasy after having heard the names
- New York Times and Boston Red Sox mentioned as potential partners....
If Mr. Werner's group gets the team-the Red Sox have been valued at around $400 million-the Times Company will be close to establishing in New England what it has longed for at a national level. In addition to the Globe , the area's dominant media presence, the Times Company also owns the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, a nearby daily. A NESN- Globe - Telegram combination is not quite the TV-radio-print headlock the Tribune Company has in Chicago with the Cubs-and it's certainly not anything like Braves games on Ted Turner's national TBS Superstation-but it's close to the kind of integrated, multi-platform distribution that Mr. Sulzberger covets.
- Of course, this is also a news organization, and the synergy pill won't go down easily. There has been grumbling at the Globe -which the Times Company purchased from the Taylor family, the longtime publishers-
- A Times spokesperson denied this allegation, saying the Globe' s reporters were given the same information....
- While few believe that a Times stake would influence day-to-day coverage of the Red Sox in either the Globe or The Times, it could become more complicated when it came to stadium projects or land-use issues,
when a newspaper's editorial page would usually be employed. "When the interests of the team intersect with public policy, then you have an interesting situation," said Bob Costas.
- "You are always open to the appearance that your company's interest in a business may have in some way affected your point of view," he said.
- Mr. Werner has also been lambasted in the press for his role in gutting the San Diego Padres roster in the early 1990's.
- Ken Burns, a Red Sox fan.
WNYC radio host Jonathan Schwartz lamented the loss of the "magic of the geography that informed my childhood … the Yankees were here, and there, in another world, almost in another country, were the heroes of my own heart." (the Red Sox)
- It's also true that the rivalry on the field isn't what it was. While the Red Sox have fielded consistently solid teams for several years, the Yankees, of course, have won three of the last four World Series. Worse, the Yankees are a far more likable team than the Reggie-era roughnecks who tormented Boston in the late 1970's during the heyday of the clash.
- "I don't think it changes the rivalry at all, because there's not much to it left," said Roger Angell. "It's there, but it hasn't been much of a contest. I don't think Yankee fans care much about the Red Sox, but Boston fans probably feel differently."
Then again, the Times Company as puppet owner
- might inspire a round of conspiratorial fury in Boston akin to the Babe Ruth sale and the DiMaggio brothers, not to mention the triumphs of Sparky Lyle, Bill Monbouquette and Roger Clemens in the Bronx."
'Now is the time for government to help in creating jobs.' Miami-Dade Mayor
- He says this about the South Florida urban redevelopment program that includes
- Marlins Stadium.
- Maybe he's pals with Hank Paulson. Isn't everybody?
- News today:
- The state
- the unemployed are worried about the state’s ability to continue to pay claims."...
Friday, November 21, 2008
'Journalism' awards scandal with NPR program notes media bias concerns
- (Sidebar--Wade Boggs was on the program, The Infinite Mind in 1998 about the art of hitting).
- "...radio programs have often touched on subjects important to the commercial interests of the companies for which he consults....
- public radio’s most honored and listened to health and science program.” It has more than one million listeners in more than 300 radio markets."
- On media bias from the NY Times article:
- concerns about media bias are growing,
- few people
- “so this kind of thing
- is very damaging,” Mr. Rosenstiel said."
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Brian Webber with Rob Dibble
Mike Mussina on WFAN with Francesa
Aaron Heilman's future as a starter
- On K-rod, Heyman believes he still holds hope the Angels will re-sign him, though chances are good he'll be a Met.
Control of Yankees goes to Hal
- "I realize it's a great responsibility," said Hal Steinbrenner, who turns 40 on Dec. 3. "My dad is, needless to say, a tough act to follow." ...
- Before Hal, each son-in-law of the owner emerged as heir apparents, only to divorce the owner's daughters and depart the team.
Joe Molloy, married to Jessica Steinbrenner, was a general partner from 1992-97. Steve Swindal, married to Jennifer Steinbrenner, was a general partner from 1998-06, then became chairman of Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, the team's holding company, He was publicly designated by George Steinbrenner as his successor in June 2005 but departed Swindal after his driving under the influence arrest early on Feb. 15, 2007.
- Hal Steinbrenner became more active in the team's operations following Swindal's arrest."...
Andrea Mitchell, TV celebrity, decided future of the country
Francesa cites Mussina's 2 best performances
- 2. 2003, Game 7 ALCS Red Sox v NYY, Mussina pitched 3 innings in relief (elimination game), replaced Clemens top 4th, Red Sox leading 4-0, runners on 1st and 3rd, NO OUT. He got out of it, then pitched the 5th and 6th. Score, Red Sox 4, Yankees 1. The game ended in 11 innings, Yankees winning 6-5, going to the World Series.
Mike Mussina goes out in style--Newsday back cover
Please vote for David Cameron of USS Mariner--Redstate
- Would you like to reward smart, non-partisan analysis that has
- influenced the way we all now approach baseball?
One of the greatest baseball bloggers in America, David Cameron of U.S.S. Mariner, is up for this online scholarship award. The people who run it, in their infinite wisdom, have made the contest an
- INTERNET POLL: the winner gets $10,000 to pay off their educational debts.
- Cameron was the early favorite, but some other fellow named David Mauro, who runs a hard-left blog on Texas politics, went to Daily Kos and started diary-bombing the site begging people to run up the vote for them, by hook or by crook.
It's turned into something of a war between left-wingers and baseball fans, with the Kos people screaming about how they need to "support one of their own" (even if nobody's heard of the guy Mauro) and that sabermetric blogging is a "commercial sell-out."
- We need help. Not only is Cameron one of the smartest, most hard-working, influential baseball thinkers in America (seriously, if you've ever read in-depth on statistical analysis, odds are you've read stuff either written or inspired by him), he's newly married and could really use the money.
This is a great guy who has not only changed the way an entire city thinks about sports, but helped influence the entire country. Don't let him lose now because the worker-drones at KOS are smurfing the poll.
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Astros to renew KTRH radio
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Changing labs after 2004 heist
- From Doug Pappas website, 5/11/04:
- That benefit?
- The use of a Canadian lab will ensure that all of the 2004 drug testing samples are stored beyond the reach of U.S. prosecutors and grand juries, eliminating the possibility that last month's seizure will be repeated.
Mike Mussina to retire
- Baltimore and New York fans thank him for a long career.
- Mussina's best performance which no one talks about, 2001 ALDS, Game 3. NYY v Oakland, final score 1-0. Elimination game, season on the line.
Pavano's heart was really with the Red Sox
MLB can better save the planet without third party 'carbon offset' deals
- (6/24/08, Guardian.co.UK): "A green standard for companies that act to reduce their carbon footprint is launched today by the Carbon Trust. Backed by business groups and environmental campaigners, the new
- standard is intended to end "greenwash" and
- highlight firms that are genuine about their commitment to the environment.
Tom Delay, chief executive of the Carbon Trust, said the move was designed to end public mistrust of corporate climate change claims. Only businesses that can demonstrate a real reduction in carbon pollution from their operations are eligible.
- At best many carbon trading schemes are financial boondoggles which make the rich richer and do not help the environment. Often they harm the environment, as the case with the promotion of ethanol.
- "Major League Baseball...has stepped up in 2008 as
- such as buying "carbon offsets" --
- or a network morning TV show discussing PNC Park programs as part of its presidential primary coverage."...
- (MLB.com): "the Mariners will purchase high-quality carbon offsets from NativeEnergy, a leading carbon offsets company that helps build and support new renewable energy projects, and
- 58,000 kWh of "green power" credits from the Seattle City Light Green Up program.
- This is part of a much broader overall initative, all posted on the club's Web site. "We know that just buying carbon offsets isn't enough," said Howard Lincoln, the Mariners' chairman and CEO. "This is not a one-time event for us."...
- "Teaming with Duke Energy, the Reds purchased carbon credits to offset the estimated fossil fuel emissions related to game-day operations at Great American Ball Park."
- "...the Rays purchased Green Tags, carbon credits for renewable energy, from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)
- to offset the CO2 produced by fans traveling to Tropicana Field, and all energy consumed at Tropicana Field on Opening Day. The Rays also are purchasing Green Tags
- to offset the CO2 produced by all Rays employees traveling to and from work throughout the year, and six additional game nights."...
- Extract of Red Sox carbon emissions (Includes statement by Robert Redford)
- On Tuesday Cumulus Media Inc. and Clear Channel Radio said they would sign a pact with Nielsen Co. that would provide audience measurement and radio ratings for several markets across the country." via Radio Daily News
Westwood One off NYSE as of Monday
- To list on the Amex or Nasdaq, Westwood One would need to complete a reverse stock split and receive shareholder approval.
China considering GM assets
- 21st Century Business Herald acts and writes as if its already a done deal, and the beginning of more to come. “In the coming two years China is likely to see a few of its large Chinese automakers and other manufacturing enterprises set a precedent for achieving globalization by acquiring global companies, just like SAIC or Dongfeng’s possible acquisition of troubled GM or Chrysler.”