Category: MLB

NY METS GM MIGHT CONSIDER DELETING HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT

On January 16, 2019, rookie New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen told the gathered New York media, “I look forward to showing people that we’re a team to be reckoned with. Let’s not be shy about wanting to be the best. I fully expect us to be a competitive and winning team and our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division so come get us.” Nine months later the Mets are National League East roadkill, fourth out of five teams and 13 1/2 games behind Atlanta. But as bad as Van Wagenen’s Mets have been on the field in the season’s first half, somehow, they may have actually been worse off it. …

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MACHADO’S $300M “BET” CREATES GENERATIONAL MEME WEALTH

As he prepared to hit in the visiting team’s on-deck circle at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, July 4, 2019, former Los Angeles Dodger infielder Manny Machado was 86 games into a 10-year, $300M contract with the San Diego Padres. It was at that time that a Dodger fan – armed with the obligatory cellphone cam – piped up from a front row seat to …

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SHOOTING THE 3: JOHN OURAND OF SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL

Shooting The 3 is an exclusive SportsbyBrooks.com feature in which a sports media figure fields three questions posed by SbB. Today’s sports media figure is SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL reporter John Ourand. Ourand is the gold standard of sports business reporters and is one of the most-read and influential journalists in the sports media industry. His daily and weekly reporting – which emanates from a variety of platforms and includes a newly-launched newsletter – is consumed by virtually every top sports media executive connected to the business of commercial spectator sports …

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MLB AWARDS “THE BELT” FOR PLAYER ARBITRATION BEATDOWNS

If you’ve wondered if Major League Baseball players will strike in the near term, thanks to a story recently published by the increasingly compelling THE ATHLETIC, you can stop now. Clearly MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred are MLB owners are spoiling for a labor disruption when they confirm to The Athletic’s Marc Carig that every year Manfred and Major League Baseball owners are responsible for the awarding of a “replica championship belt” as “informal recognition of those club’s salary arbitration departments that did the best.” …

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