Trying to destroy a narrative

The following is going to be a bit rantish, but I’m okay with it. Over the last few days, we learned that Alex Rodriguez “begged” the Yankees to re-sign outfielder Melky Cabrera. Melky isn’t exactly lighting the world on fire, so I’m glad...

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Colon strikes out seven, picks up first win as Yankees beat Blue Jays 6-2

Consider this my official truce with the Kreme. Bartolo Colon continued his resurgent season Wednesday night with a dominant start in Toronto. Bartolo allowed only five hits with two walks over 6.2 innings of work, giving up just two runs while striking out seven. He...

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Baseball Deep In Debt (Part 1: The Scope of the Problem)

It gets worse. Baseball teams are often owned by other business entities, and these owner businesses also carry debt. The Texas Rangers’ bankruptcy was not caused by Texas Rangers’ debt, but by the debt owed by the Rangers’ parent company. It can be a difficult matter to consider what debt to assign to a baseball team that is owned by another business. For example, consider that the Toronto Blue Jays are owned by Rogers Communications, a company with more long-term debt than is owed by all thirty baseball teams combined.  Should we factor in any Rogers Communications corporate debt in determining how much the Jays team should be allowed to borrow?

Still other teams are responsible to repay “off balance sheet” forms of financing – these are obligations that are not treated as “debt” by the accountants, but look a lot like debt to the rest of us.  For example, the Yankees spend over $60 million annually to repay the bonds used to finance the new Yankee Stadium, but these bonds are not counted as “debt” owed by the Yankees.…

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Game 16: Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

The pitchers controlled the next couple innings, but the Pinstripes’ bats struck again in the top of the fifth.  Swisher led off the inning with a single on a hard grounder to third.  Teixeira followed with another double and Rodriguez’s sac fly to center scored Swisher.  A sac fly by Cano brought Teixeira home and the Yankees had some breathing room with the score sitting at 5-1.

Colon worked his way into the seventh inning.  After getting Adam Lind to fly out, Colon gave up a double to Edwin Encarnacion.  Arencibia walked.  Snider singled to right and a bad base running play by Arencibia led to two Toronto players on third and Teixeira tagging him out.  Still, the night was over for Colon, and David Robertson came in to relieve him.  Nix singled to center, allowing Encarncion to cross the plate, but Robertson came back and struck out McDonald to get out of the jam. Granderson added a solo homer in the top of the ninth to give the Yankees a 6-2 edge, but the Blue Jays would not go away that easily.…

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Selig Takes Control of L.A. Dodgers

Ultimately, it appears that Selig’s goal is to force McCourt to sell the Dodgers. The Dodgers are estimated to be worth anything from $800 million to over $1 billion. But the ability to sell the Dodgers may be complicated by Frank McCourts’ ongoing divorce proceedings with his ex-wife Jaime.  The McCourt divorce court has ruled that Jaime co-owns the team along with Frank.

(For the best coverage of the McCourt follies, the ongoing mismanagement of the Dodgers and the resulting financial crisis surrounding the team, please read our friend Josh Fisher over at the terrific web site Dodger Divorce.)

Both the Dodgers and the Mets have received considerable attention here and elsewhere for the large amounts of debt they have taken on in recent years, apparently in violation of baseball’s rules restricting team debt. But these two teams are not the only ones in deep debt. Tune in tomorrow, where I hope to post a piece on the issue of baseball and borrowed money.…

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Great Moments In Fandom (Part 2, Philly Fan Redemption)

Seriously.  I am 55 years old, and when I was a boy I was promised that by the time I turned 55 I’d own my own personal robot servant that would wear a tuxedo bow tie and clean my room for me.  I’m a little bitter that this hasn’t come to pass. If the Phillies’ robot is state of the art, then the best I can hope for is a robot that will go to the fridge, grab me a beer, then drop it 30 feet from my barcalounger.  Boo!  Boo!

If I’d been at Citizens Bank Park this afternoon, I would have booed too.  Or maybe not.  The robot couldn’t throw a ball 60 feet 6 inches, but that doesn’t mean the robot didn’t have had laser beams in its hands or eyes that could scan the crowd along with a cell phone to recommend the booing fans for I.R.S. audits.

Don’t be fooled by the benign appearance of this particular robot.…

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Imperfect Perfection: A Closer Look at Mariano Rivera’s Failures

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog).

Mariano Rivera’s accomplishments can’t be overstated. But, what can we say about his failures?

Mariano Rivera has seldom had reason to hang his head during his illustrious career.

Over 17 seasons, the reliever...

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Minor League Update

I want to try and do this once a week and I’ll probably be messing around with the format until I find something that works. My only goal here is to make it easy for everyone to see what’s happening in the minors in a condensed fashion. If you have any preference for the format...

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