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Rangers Extend Affiliation with Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 04:08
Agreement Goes Through 2008 Season

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers Director of Player Development Scott Servais announced today the club has reached an agreement with Single-A Clinton to remain the club’s affiliate through the 2008 season.               

Clinton has been a Texas affiliate in the Midwest League since the club started playing in 2003.
 
DC Mayor Williams Proposes Raising Spending Cap PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 03:20

 It seems $611 million may not be enough to build the new Nationals stadium and its associated parking.

DC Mayor Anthony Williams is proposing legislation that would add an additional $75 million to the project. Six months ago a contentious DC Council voted to cap the costs at $611 million. As reported:

Although the council included $25 million for parking in the initial budget, Williams (D) and his top aides say that is not enough to build the garages in a way that would allow for additional development on the site, such as condominiums, shops and restaurants. The mayor has promised that the ballpark project would spur new business and produce millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Under the proposal being developed by Williams, the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and some council members, the council would be asked at its Oct. 18 meeting to alter the cap and allow additional public money to pay for stadium parking.

"All the council members agree that we need to maximize the economic benefits of the stadium," mayoral spokesman Vince Morris said yesterday. "If we do not do this, we lose out. . . . To not do it would be irresponsible."

(The Washington Post

 
Royals Extend Agreement with Chukars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 October 2006 12:00
ChukarsThe Royals have signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Idaho Falls Chukars, Royals Director of Player Development J.J. Picollo announced Wednesday.

"We have had a great working relationship with Idaho Falls over the last three years," Picollo said. "We are certainly happy to continue this relationship for the next two years. Of the three short season teams now in our system, Idaho Falls will certainly be considered the most advanced. The Pioneer League has proven to be a very competitive league, and we feel it's a great place for our college draft picks to come and play."

Next season will mark Idaho Falls fourth season as Kansas City's short-season Class A advanced affiliate. Over the past three seasons, Idaho Falls has made the playoffs twice, including this season's championship series.

"After talking with J.J. about where we stood in relationship to the other short-season teams affiliated with Kansas City, I am confident that we will continue to see top-rated prospects and a competitive team in Idaho Falls," Chukars General Manager Kevin Greene said. "I am very excited to have the Royals as our Major League affiliate for another two years. There is no better way to open a brand new ballpark."

 

 
Twins TV Ratings Up but Still Short of Vikings PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 October 2006 12:00

Television ratings for the Twins have been up recently, showing how winning impacts interest. The Twins' 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon -- which coupled with Kansas City's victory over Detroit helped Minnesota clinch the American League Central title -- had an 11.5 rating and 25 share on WFTC (Ch. 29).

While the Twins have been winning this season, the Vikings have gone 2-2 this season and have seen a dip in ratings. Even with the .500 record, the disparity between the popularity of the NFL and MLB shows in the ratings for the Vikings.

The Vikings' 17-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had a season-low 23.6 rating and 54 share on Fox affiliate KMSP (Ch. 9).

That means 390,084 households were tuned into the Vikings, while 190,083 households had the Twins on -- a difference of 200,001 households.

(The Star Tribune

 
Retrospective on Vin Scully PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 01:31

Vin ScullyRichard Sandomir of the NY Times does a retrospective on broadcasting legend, Vin Scully in today's NY Times. The article mostly covers Scully's time with the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.

Sandomir covers Scully's call at home last night during Game 1 of the Dodgers v. Mets ALDS game.

“Here comes a throw on that runner and here comes another runner, and Lo Duca is going to tag both of them out and the Dodgers become the Brooklyn Dodgers of old,” Scully said during the second inning of Game 1 of the Dodgers-Mets National League Division Series. He sprinkled in a tale about Babe Herman tripling into a double play — a joke about the bad old Bums. And he said, “We turn the clock back to the daffy days of the Brooklyn Dodgers.”

Scully’s lyrical voice has belonged to Los Angeles for so long that only older fans can recall Scully’s time with the Dodgers in Brooklyn from 1950 to 1957 after growing up in the Bronx and in Washington Heights. His last known address in New York was 869 West 180th Street; he took the subway to Ebbets Field during his first Dodgers season.

He called three Subway Series in his Brooklyn years, in 1953, 1955 and 1956. By then, he was living in Bogota, N.J., and his red-haired mother, Bridget, was listening to her son call Game 7 of the 1955 Series, the one in which the Dodgers, behind Johnny Podres, finally beat the Yankees.

“It got tight in the sixth, and when she was getting nervous, she walked our dog Blackie,” Scully said during an interview in a cramped radio booth before yesterday’s game. “In the seventh, same thing, more pressure, she’s anxious, she walked Blackie. Then in the ninth, the Dodgers are three outs away from winning their only world’s championship, she feels the pressure, she gets the leash, but she can’t find Blackie. The dog’s hiding.” 

(The NY Times)

 
Astros Extend Garner's Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 October 2006 01:13

Phil GarnerPhil Garner will manage the Houston Astros for at least two more season. With his contract set to expire after next season, Astros GM Tim Purpura worked to get the extension.

"I feel very comfortable with Phil. We work well together and that has grown this past season," Purpura said. "I have a comfort level with what Phil is doing, a comfort level with how he goes about his business."

"You feel like you have a partner in this," Purpura said. "I think you have to have those kinds of relationships."

Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. backed the extension.

"Our goal has always been to bring a World Series championship to Houston, and we have come closer to reaching that goal under Phil's tenure as manager than at any other point in the history of the franchise," McLane said.

 (The AP)

 
Aiken Team Gets GM and Asst. GM PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006 12:00

Bradley Bell has been named general manager of the a newly formed team that will be in Aiken,SC, while Scott Lefler has been named assistant GM. The team will play in the Southern Coast League.

Bell, a graduate of North Carolina State, comes to Aiken from Myrtle Beach, where he served on the staff of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

“He brings a lot of experience to the table,” League chief operating officer Chris Allen. “He’s a strong salesman, and a real pro. I think he’ll do a great job for us.’’

The Aiken team will play its home games at USC Aiken, beginning in May 2007.

The league is currently holding a contest to name the team from among five finalists chosen from more than 1,100 submissions. As of Monday, Allen said the Foxhounds (149) and Blueticks (140) were the top two vote-getters. The other three finalists are Horseflies (82), Chukkers (71) and Boots (49).

(Southern Coast League)

 
Independent Baseball Draws Over 7.5 million Fans PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 September 2006 12:00

Independent Baseball drew over7.5 million fans for 2006, breaking last year's record breaking number of 7,525,211. The final total was 7,554,512.

(Independent Baseball Insider

 
McClatchy to continue running Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 October 2006 10:48

McClatchyKevin McClatchy will remain CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement was made today. "The board and the partnership group are completely supportive of Kevin and his executive team," said board of directors chairman Bob Nutting, the son of G. Ogden Nutting, the majority owner of the franchise. "We've made great strides on the business side of our organization and we're extremely encouraged by the team's performance during the second half of the season."

The Pirates haven't had a winning season since McClatchy came on-board in 1996. The Pirates finished with a 67-95 (.414) season, second worst in the NL, and fourth worse in all of MLB ahead of only the Royals, Devil Rays, and Cubs.

As reported:

Despite playing in a ballpark that was funded largely by tax dollars, the privately held Pirates do not reveal how much profit they make. Revenue sharing money paid by larger market clubs and other income, such as advertising, is believed to have been enough to cover the team's approximately $47 million payroll this season even before ticket revenue was added.

McClatchy's focus will continue to be improving the on-field performance. The Pirates have had 89 losses or more eight times in 11 seasons since McClatchy's group bought them.

"I am committed to leading this organization to success in all aspects of our business," McClatchy said. "There is no question our on-field record has been extremely frustrating and disappointing for everyone in the Pirates organization. But we've worked very hard over the last several years to improve."

Besides running the Pirates, McClatchy is a member of Major League Baseball's executive council and the labor and international committees.

With the announcement, many expect the Pirates to continue their losing ways on the field. No major roster moves are expected in the off-season, even though many clubs, such as the Blue Jays and Angels have said they are already gearing up for increased player payroll spending this off-season.

Under McClatchy's tenure the Pirates have never finished above .500. They are a combined 783-996 (.440) since he became CEO in 1996.

(The AP)

 
Stop Calling it "Attendance" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 06:37

Last night, at the beginning of Fox’s pre-game show for the Tigers v. Yankees tilt, Jeanne Zelasko made mention of MLB’s increased popularity. Zelasko said something to the effect of, “73 million people attended Major League Baseball games this season, setting a record for attendance.”

I winced.

While MLB set a record for ticket sales this season, 73 million fans did not go through the turnstiles at ballparks across the US and Canada. That’s a myth, and something that all the big 4-sports are guilty of, on some level.

Here’s my plea: Stop calling it “attendance”.

MLB and the other Big-4 sports should pick up Websters:

Main Entry: at·ten·dance
Pronunciation: &-'ten-d&n(t)s
Function: noun
1 : the act or fact of attending <a physician in attendance>
2 a : the persons or number of persons attending; also : an account of persons attending <the teacher took attendance before starting class> b : the number of times a person attends
 

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