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VF Corp. Unit to Acquire Majestic Athletic PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 February 2007 06:36
MajesticVF Imagewear, Inc., a subsidiary of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), and Majestic Athletic, Inc. announced today that VF Imagewear, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of Majestic Athletic, Inc. and its related companies. Majestic is the leading global provider of authentic sports licensed apparel and branded team uniforms for Major League Baseball and is based in Bangor, Pa.

"The acquisition of Majestic Athletic provides us a terrific opportunity to grow VF's presence in the authentic sports apparel category," said VF Corporation Chairman and CEO Mackey J. McDonald. He noted that this marks VF's second acquisition to date in 2007, the first being the purchase of Eagle Creek, Inc. in January. Together, these acquisitions should add approximately $180 million to VF's revenues in 2007.

Ed Doran, President of VF Imagewear, Inc., stated, "Majestic Athletic products are known for their authenticity and performance, and are highly desired by a base of 145 million fans around the world. Majestic Athletic complements VF Imagewear's Activewear division with its unique expertise in authentic and replica product, as well as its superior streamlined service model. This effectively opens exclusive access to new channels of retail distribution. Combined with our current fanwear business, this acquisition positions VF Imagewear as a leader in Major League Baseball licensed apparel with attractive future growth prospects."

Majestic's headquarters and manufacturing operations will remain in Bangor, and will become part of VF Imagewear's Activewear division, based in Tampa, Fla. Faust Capobianco IV, President of Majestic and the son of current Majestic Chairman Faust Capobianco III, will lead the entire baseball business as Vice President/General Manager, Major League Baseball (MLB), Domestic and International Licensed Sales, reporting to Rick Becker, Vice President Sales & Marketing, VF Imagewear, Activewear division. Nicole Capobianco will also remain and oversee all Major League Baseball outfitting activities.

Faust Capobianco IV, President of Majestic Athletic, Inc., stated, "This transaction ensures that the legacy of innovation and service upon which the Majestic® brand was built will continue. Majestic and VF share a culture built on service to the customer, which in this case is Major League Baseball, its players and fans. Majestic's reputation for delivering exciting products and responsive service will be enhanced through the complementary expertise and resources that VF Imagewear brings to this strategic combination."
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Fehr Statement Regarding Marvin Miller PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 10:15
Donald FehrThe following statement was issued today by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, regarding the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee Election results.
“It is often said that Jackie Robinson had more influence on Baseball during the first half of the Twentieth Century than did any other person.   Beyond question, Marvin Miller was that person for the last half of the Twentieth Century. 

“The players are the Game, and Marvin worked for them.  Under his legendary leadership the players secured both appropriate salaries, pensions and other working conditions, and created a structure in which they have been able to maintain those gains long after Marvin's retirement.   Marvin gave the players their voice, and then made sure that voice was heard.  The stature and influence that players have today are directly attributable to his efforts.

“Accordingly, it was profoundly disappointing to learn today that the members of the Hall of Fame Veterans Committee did not give Marvin enough votes for election.  Given the increased number of votes for Marvin this time, there is certainly reason to believe that the votes will be there in the future.    They should be; this recognition is long overdue.”
 
Matthews, Jr. Reportedly Involved in Steroid Investigation PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 04:07

Gary Matthews, Jr.An investigation in Orlando, FL, as a result of a large New York state grand jury investigation into Internet drug sales, has unearthed documents showing the illegal sale of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), some of which were going to professional sports athletes. As reported by the Albany Times-Union:

The Times Union has learned that investigators in the year-old case, which had remained quiet until now, uncovered evidence that testosterone and other performance-enhancing drugs may have been fraudulently prescribed over the Internet to current and former Major League Baseball players, National Football League players, college athletes, high school coaches, and a former Mr. Olympia champion and another top contender in the bodybuilding competition.

The customers include Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Gary Matthews Jr., according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

As further reported:

Tuesday's raid of Signature Pharmacy, an Orlando business that did an estimated $36 million in business last year, could expose a long list of sports figures, celebrities and others who have turned to Internet pharmacies for illegal drugs such as steroids, authorities said.

 
Miller Misses Induction Into HOF by 10 Votes PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 06:07

How a Marvin Miller HOF plaque might lookI have just received word through sources that Marvin Miller did not gain entry into the Hall of Fame today.

He missed induction by 10 votes.

As Miller is 89—soon to be 90-years-old—and the composite vote occurring only once every 4-years, there are chances that Miller's induction might have to occur posthumously.

It is this author's opinion that changes need to made to the process by which non-players are inducted. Marvin Miller surely merits being in the Hall, and should have been in long ago.

Until that time, we offer the following image. 

UPDATE: No players or non-players gained entry via the Veterans Committee vote, the third straight time that a non-selection has occurred. The following is a breakdown of the voting:

Results of the 2007 Player Ballot (62 needed for election): Santo (57 votes, 69.5%), Jim Kaat (52, 63.4%), Gil Hodges (50, 61%), Tony Oliva (47, 57.3%), Maury Wills (33, 40.2%), Joe Torre (26, 31.7%), Don Newcombe (17, 20.7%), Vada Pinson (16, 19.5%), Roger Maris (15, 18.3%), Lefty O’Doul (15, 18.3%), Luis Tiant (15, 18.3%), Curt Flood (14, 17.1%), Al Oliver (14, 17.1%), Mickey Vernon (14, 17.1%), Minnie Minoso (12, 14.6%), Cecil Travis (12, 14.6%), Dick Allen (11, 13.4%), Marty Marion (11, 13.4%), Joe Gordon (10, 12.2%), Ken Boyer (9, 11%), Mickey Lolich (8, 9.8%), Wes Ferrell (7, 8.5%), Sparky Lyle (6, 7.3%), Carl Mays (6, 7.3%), Thurman Munson (6, 7.3%), Rocky Colavito (5, 6.1%) and Bobby Bonds (1, 1.2%).

Results of the 2007 Composite Ballot (61 needed for election): Harvey (52 votes, 64.2%), Marvin Miller (51, 63%), Walter O’Malley (36, 44.4%), Buzzie Bavasi (30, 37%), Dick Williams (30, 37%), Whitey Herzog (29, 35.8%), Bill White (24, 29.6%), Bowie Kuhn (14, 17.3%), August Busch Jr. (13, 16%), Billy Martin (12, 14.8%), Charley O. Finley (10, 12.3%), Gabe Paul (10, 12.3%), Paul Richards (10, 12.3%), Phil Wrigley (9, 11.1%) and Harry Dalton (8, 9.9%).

Reached for comment just before the results were announced, one former executive on the Composite Ballot had this to say.

"Give any and all my votes to Gil Hodges," Buzzie Bavasi said. "Gil gave up almost five years of his baseball life to the military service. Yet his records compare favorably to Tony Perez, who is in the Hall and should be, but Perez has only nine home runs more than Gil with 2730 more at bats. Had Gil had those at bats Bonds would be chasing him not Hank."

 
Former MLBers Set to Launch Israel Baseball League PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 February 2007 02:38

Israel BaseballKen Holtzman, Ron Blomberg and Art Shamsky are former MLB players who will manage teams in the new Israel Baseball League. Add former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette as the fledgling league's head of baseball operations.

Tel Aviv, Bet Shemish, Modi'in, Ra'anana, Netanya and Petach Tikva were announced Monday as the six clubs to play this summer in the inaugural season of the league. As reported by the AP:

Holtzman (Ra'anana), Blomberg (Bet Shemesh) and Shamsky (Modi'in) will be managers, along with former Houston pitcher Steve Hertz (Tel Aviv) and Shaun Smith (Australia's Auburn Orioles). The Petach Tikva manager has not been hired.

"The idea really grew on me as a challenge and a chance to get involved with something that was starting up and be able to grow with this league," said Shamsky, an outfielder who played for Cincinnati, the New York Mets, Oakland and the Chicago Cubs from 1965-72. "These games are being played in the most historical place in the world and I think it will be interesting to see how everyone reacts to this."

The six-team league starts play June 24 and will use Gezer Field in Kibbutz Gezer (Bet Shemish Blue Sox and Modi'in Miracle), Sportek in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv Lightning and Ra'anana Express) and Baptist Village Field in Petach Tivka (Netanya Tigers and Petach Tikva Pioneers).

 

 
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