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17 Dec 18
The Baseball Bat Reviews Blog

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17 Dec 18
Big Apple Sports

Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium have approximately 210 miles between them.  However, for a weekend in June, the arch-rival Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will face off in two regular season games that will be played in London, England. “We might have to sacrifice having a longer flight, but it’s much bigger (than that),” […]

17 Dec 18

One of the questions I get most often asked is how long it takes to plan this trip. I’m not actually sure what the answer is, as it happens over a series of days and weeks, a little bit at a time. But honestly, probably not as long as you might think. You have to […]

17 Dec 18
National Post

CLEVELAND — The Indians have acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from Washington to complete the trade that sent All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals. Cleveland dealt Gomes last month for a package that included right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnston and a player to be named, who turned to be Monasterio. The 21-year-old began last […]

17 Dec 18
24/7 Wall St.

Some athletes work their whole lives to reach their full potential in their sport. It can take years of nonstop effort to be good enough to earn a spot as a professional athlete, let alone a remarkable one. Yet there are some athletes who are so gifted that they can be successful in more than […]

17 Dec 18
For Club and Country - Nashville SC and US Soccer

Running down the links of interest to Nashville SC and US Soccer fans. Please follow the site on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook if you don’t already, and if you like what you read here, share with a friend and encourage them to follow as well! Busy offseason for Nashville SC. A little self-promotion here, but […]

17 Dec 18
The Wager Pager Podcast

This meme is awesome. For those who are not aware Pete Rose was banned from #Baseball after it was found out that he had bet on #MLB games during his tenure as a Cincinnati #Reds player/coach. His punishment was a life-long ban from baseball. Now that legalized #SportsBetting is sweeping the nation many people think […]

17 Dec 18
The Baseball Bat Reviews Blog

Left-hander J.A. Happ, who went 7-0 for the Yankees after coming over from Toronto, will return on a two-year deal, the Yankees announced. The deal is reportedly worth $34 million with a vesting option for 2021. from http://www.espn.com – MLB https://ift.tt/2A4xdDv

17 Dec 18
The baseball bats fanatic

The Pirates have added some depth to their rotation mix, announcing on Monday that they’ve signed right-hander Jordan Lyles to a one-year contract. The Ballengee Group client will reportedly receive a guaranteed $2.05MM salary. “We are pleased to add Jordan Lyles to our Major League pitching staff,” said GM Neal Huntington in a statement accompanying the […]

17 Dec 18
Say Hello To Baseball

Happy Holidays from The Cincinnati Reds HAPPY HOLIDAYS December 17, 2018 View as web page (Click Above to view Video) Highlights Schedule Shop © 2018 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All Major League Baseball trademarks, service marks and copyrights used herein are the property of the applicable MLB entity. All rights reserved. Any other marks used […]

17 Dec 18
BroBible

Editor’s Note: Welcome to a daily column we run here at BroBible breaking down the day’s biggest stories in sports business with commentary from the sports money and sports fanatic perspectives. It comes to us via our friends at JohnWallStreet. You can sign up here for their daily email newsletter. NASCAR Moving Towards Olympic-Like Sponsorship Model  NASCAR intends […]

17 Dec 18
The Undefeated
LAS VEGAS — These aren’t your father’s winter meetings. Agents, team operatives, reporters, fans and the occasional player mill about a hotel lobby at what is effectively baseball’s national conference. Typically, it’s a sea of white men, the gatekeepers, who do things such as elect players to the Baseball Hall of Fame and discuss what’s to come during the upcoming campaign. But if this year’s proceedings are any indication, baseball in all its dealings is getting browner and more female from the inside out. Two black guys, Harold Baines and Lee Smith, were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Danny Montgomery of the Colorado Rockies was named East Coast scout of the year. The diversity and inclusion department launched a series it dubbed “unfiltered,” featuring front-office personnel who talked about their atypical routes into the bigs. The league held a two-day event on women’s roles in professional baseball, courtesy of the Diversity Pipeline Program, which was begun two years ago and has helped place 86 people in entry-level roles in baseball, according to Major League Baseball. One panel featured Ehsan Bokhari, director of research and development for the Houston Astros, who holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and math, a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in quantitative psychology; Emilee Fragapane, coordinator for performance science with the Dodgers, who has an economics degree; and Andrew Koo, an analyst for the Texas Rangers, who just started playing softball recreationally last year. Clearly, some franchises are operating well outside of the box when it comes to their approach to winning. “Everyone I work with at the Rangers, we’re all passionate, we have a common goal,” Koo said. “And then when I meet analysts from other teams, we don’t have a common goal, we have shared experiences. Being able to talk about those in a somewhat limited way [is nice], but also just like share other interests. “We’re still people, we still have other interests. Baseball’s one thing we love, but we love other stuff, too, right? We all come from different backgrounds. I’m just an Asian kid who grew up in Toronto who loves sports and food.” Ten years ago, that guy’s not working in the bigs. On the business side, when it comes to procurement, the field widens considerably. The league takes supplier diversity as seriously as it does actual baseball matters. Everything that goes into an MLB stadium comes from somewhere, and who gets those contracts is determined by each team. At one point, I was sitting at a table with representatives from two teams: three women, one black man. A young brother was pitching his company to them as a way to streamline their energy output. It was quite the sight. But these individuals were all invited by the league. Meaning, while plenty diverse, the competition for jobs is still pretty cutthroat. Corey Smith, MLB senior director of supplier diversity and strategic sourcing, explained how MLB hopes to connect to more people than players to create fans. “For us it’s really about how do you stimulate entrepreneurship,” Smith said during the breakout session. “When I was growing up, it was go to school, go to college, go get a job. I’ve taught my own kids, go to school, go to college, create your own job. So, the fact that these folks have taken that step of entrepreneurship and creating their own companies and successful companies, that they can handle a contract from MLB, why not assist them in growing that business even further. I think there’s a translation to loyalty. So, if you knew I supported you, I would like to believe in turn that you would support me. We want fans, we want people to appreciate the game, what better way to do that than say, hey, we’re supporting businesses that are in your community.” Whether any of this makes you feel better is up for debate. I’m not so sure that knowing a minority-owned company installed the thousands of light bulbs at the local ballpark is going to suddenly make black folks more interested in baseball. But from a simple business standpoint, it’s the right thing to do. And none of this suddenly means that the numbers at the highest level of the game on the field are going to change either. But the culture of baseball and its industry is not only about balls and strikes. The trade show was starkly less diverse than nearly every other event of the weekend. I counted one Japanese guy with a bobblehead company and a Mexican former pro player with a bat company as the only nonwhite operators there. “The Major Leagues have been around for 100 years. You can see where there are sprinkles of diversity within the organization,” Kenyatta Lewis, executive director, supplier diversity and sustainability for MGM Resorts, said. “I think we could always do better. It’s not just one specific segment, not just the African-American segment. Our society is moving to majority-minority and it’s not just one specific ethnic group. But it is great to see that corporations have programs like this, so that you have an entry port that says it’s welcomed.” Besides the official proceedings, there’s a job fair. People pay a couple of hundred bucks just to be a part of the proceedings, never mind whatever it took to get them there and find a place to stay. There, job seekers find a big room with a physical job board, in which major and minor league teams have put up sheets of paper advertising their gigs. Ticket sales, turf management, stadium operations, social media, marketing, promotions, etc. Baseball operations is particularly popular since everyone wants to be as close to the game as possible. [boxout id=”147354″] Sam Gonzalez was in Vegas with a friend he met at an internship in Los Angeles. A Boston fan from Miami (his fandom traveled with the team when Josh Beckett went to the Red Sox), he has a law degree and initially was going to pursue being a sports agent. He just passed the bar and lives at home, like many other 24-year-olds. Now, he’s looking for a position in baseball ops. “The industry of baseball for the longest time has had the appearance of old white men sitting at the top in power. By power I mean they run the league or they run a team,” Gonzalez said. “But there’s 30 major league clubs and there’s 160 minor league teams. That is a side that a lot of people don’t see. And I think underneath the very high-level execs, the gates are very locked. Beneath all that security in power, the game is very diverse, I’ve found.” A quick scan of the available openings doesn’t exactly produce what appears to be a windfall, either. Quite a few positions are seasonal, unpaid, or only provide a monthly stipend. While much of the league’s efforts around diversity are related to getting into the game via paths other than the playing field, it’s not that easy to make a living. But the effort is noticeable. The rosters were integrated first in baseball. The rest of the game is still catching up. But judging from a few days in the desert, MLB is giving it an honest effort and it’s working.
17 Dec 18
Say Hello To Baseball

WHITE SOX NEWS: Winter Meetings, #NextSox and HOF Harold White Sox News December 17, 2018 View as web page Winter Meetings Wrap-up Rick Hahn recaps the Winter Meetings, discusses White Sox priorities going forward Rick Renteria joins MLB Tonight to chat about the team headed into the 2019 season Hahn discusses Yonder Alonso’s fit on […]

17 Dec 18
National Post

NEW YORK — Left-hander J.A. Happ and the New York Yankees have finalized a $34 million, two-year contract. Happ gets $17 million in each of the next two seasons, and his deal includes a $17 million option for 2021 that could become guaranteed is he has either 27 or more starts as a pitcher in […]