Saturday’s news and rule changes
MLB tried to bury a set of rules by releasing the story late on Friday. I wrote something up on the Cheater’s Guide Blog anyway (and remember, if you like this kind of rules geekery and cheating, you can pre-order the book for $11).
Geoff Baker on Felix’s mound session and Felix’s conditioning, Lopez’s injury, and so on. Baker’s putting out some fairly substantial content in this blog thing of his, especially compared to what we’re used to from the company over at the PI.
Baker thinks the division is there for the Angels to take, and I… I don’t understand that, but it does seem to be a fairly common opinion. I like the Angels for fourth, but I’d have to admit I haven’t given it substantial consideration.
He also offers a pointer to a WSJ article which discusses, among other things, the M’s creation of the All-Star Suite, which we discussed here at the time of announcement as an ill sign for suite revenue. Ah hah! We have been validated.
The new All-Star Club is a bit short on intimacy — with a capacity of 140 people — but it is $100 to $125 per game versus at least $17,000 for a 10-game suite package. The lounge has the potential to generate well over $1 million annually, which the team says would be a net gain because on a typical night 10 to 14 suites were sitting vacant. “We’re smarter now than we were when we planned this facility,” says Mr. Aylward.
In a business sense, he means.
What’s Edgar doing?
Jaime Burke wants a spot
In the notebook, Baek and not getting a spot
Ted Miller wastes newsprint and electrons with a column pointing out that Bonds potentially breaking Aaron’s career home run record will be awkward. He doesn’t like Bonds, Selig’s no help, society’s in the downward spiral, being flushed down the drain of history, or something. No link.