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Got to reading Jayson Stark’s article today about the Face of Baseball. I really like Jayson, and not because he flaunts the “y” in his name and I am “y”-free. He’s a fun guy, easygoing writing style and digs for great tidbits. His article today, as he points out, is extremely biased due to the timing of the research, which directly coincided with Alex Rodriguez‘s latest tussle with Commish Schultz, er, Selig, over additional PED transgressions. Stark, to his credit, more than acknowledges this and had it not been him writing and framing this “story”, I have no doubt that timing detail would have gone unmentioned.
Alas, some 22% of those 1,028 fans named our favorite whipping boy, ARod, as the Face of Baseball. Yawn. Next on the Evening News, man interviewed in rain storm and calls the water the biggest issue.…
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This went a bit under the radar here this week and frankly, I’m not sure why. Daniel Marcus was lucky enough to sit down with MLBPA head honcho Michael Weiner recently and broke down the conversation into four key parts. I think these segments are must-read items for all baseball fans.
The Evolution of A Game: Michael Weiner, Part I: The seemingly dramatic change in terms of the labor relations dynamics among the players and the owners…
The Evolution of A Game: Michael Weiner, Part II: PED use, baseball’s testing policy, and what good “Steroids in Baseball talk” would be complete without HGH…
The Evolution of A Game: Michael Weiner, Part III: Our beloved New York Yankees and some of the impending issues facing the organization as they creep ever-closer to an era of transition…
The Evolution of A Game: Michael Weiner, Part IV: How the Yankees business model has effected baseball at large…
And when you’re done, a hearty congrats to Daniel for some great work is an order.…
Like many of you, I’ve borne witness to the entirety of Derek Jeter‘s career, a Hall of Fame career, and it’s been a glorious ride. But I will never make a leap as far as Tracy Ringolsby made today at MLB.com, capturing the headline and subtitle here:
Even idled, Jeter deserves All-Star Game nod
Future Hall of Famer’s highly distinguished career makes him worthy of fans’ vote
So what if the game is in NY (at Citi Field)?
So what if Jeter has “been an All-Star 13 times, the same as Ken Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio and George Brett, and he has hit .440 in the midsummer event, tied with Griffey for the eighth-highest average in All-Star history.”
Look, I have miles of respect for Derek Sanderson Jeter.…
Following up on my post from right before the season started, the annual payroll of the players on the DL is approaching $100M, which now ranks them ahead of the Mets for 15th overall. This is up from 17th five weeks ago. As a result, some quick math shows us that $211M less $95M = ~$116M available for current games, which puts them on the same block as the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Nationals (not factoring in, of course, their own DL issues).
Notable changes: Hughes comes off, Youkilis comes on! I added some of the other guys, including Pineda, but none of them individually have a material impact on this total as Nova contributes the most at $576K.
Method: Please note this is not based upon AAV; it is based upon their 2013 contracts, base salary only. Excludes any insurance recoup, benefits, tax, bonuses, etc. Source: Cots. Players do not have to necessarily be on the 40-man as the DL counts determined from MLB.com here.…