There’s something fishy (no pun intended of course) with this picture. Something is going on with baseball.
From the Sportress of Blogitude:
And the skeptics said Major League Baseball wouldn’t succeed in south Florida.
According to the box score from yesterday’s game, the attendance was 13,208 at Sun Life Stadium for the big matchup between the Florida Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers, but if this photo courtesy of @saralivingston (via @darrenrovell) is any indication, at least 12,000 of those paid attendees came dressed up as empty red seats. Jebus.
Granted, the weather in Miami yesterday was pretty brutal, topping out at 86 ° with a dew point way up there at 72.4 ° with 80% humidity, but still, these people live in that God forsaken climate year round, so you think they would be used to it. Further, the Marlins are having a pretty solid season up to this point, sitting at 31-26, only 3 games back of the first place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East. Can you imagine what it would the stands would look like if the team was horrible? It would probably resemble a typical paltry crowd that shows up for a Tampa Bay Rays game, for crying out loud.
An interesting thing may be happening here. Baseball is becoming unpopular? Sweet begeebus!!!! Say that can’t happen!!
My favorite sport is under attack!!
Marlins Mania: This Is How A Standing Room Only Crowd Looks In The Bizarro World (Sportress of Blogitude)
It’s always interesting to recap who is hitting homeruns in Major League Baseball. The obvious question then, is who has hit the farthest long ball of the year so far?
Today’s game may have few players, if any who haven’t already done it, who can hit as many as Killebrew’s 573 home runs, but there is some killing of baseballs going on still, and some of the culprits are sluggers you’d suspect of delivering the long-distance damage.
“If I had to guess who hit the longest,” said Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who’s proven to be a perennial long-ball master himself, “I’d say maybe [Mike] Stanton … or Prince. Prince Fielder swings so hard. It’s like the old joke — swing hard in case you hit it. He swings hard, but his eyes are open and he knows what he’s doing. He’s got a lot of power, but he’s a good, smart hitter, not a guy who just swings from his [heels].”
It’s the Brewers’ Fielder who leads the pack with a 486-foot shot hit off Houston’s Brett Myers at Minute Maid Park on April 29, according to Hit Tracker. Upton is second with an April shot at Chase Field estimated to be 478 feet, followed by Howard with a 470-footer at Turner Field, Arizona’s Kelly Johnson with a 466-foot blast at Coors Field earlier this week, and Stanton with a 465-foot blast at Citi Field earlier this month.
Others currently in the top 10 based on the latest technological approach to measuring homers are Upton (464 feet at Arizona), Paul Konerko (462 at Kansas City), and Alfonso Soriano (461 at Arizona), Nate Schierholtz (461 at Colorado) and, yes, Hunter in a tie for seventh (461 at Kansas City).
UP, UP AND AWAY
The 10 longest home runs of the season, as determined by Hit Tracker.
|Prince Fielder, Brewers
||April 29 at HOU
|Justin Upton, D-backs
||April 12 vs. STL
|Ryan Howard, Phillies
||May 13 at ATL
|Kelly Johnson, D-backs
||May 24 at COL
|Mike Stanton, Marlins
||May 16 at NYM
|Juston Upton, D-backs
||April 17 at SF
|Paul Konerko, White Sox
||April 5 at KC
|Torii Hunter, Angels
||March 31 at KC
|Nate Schierholtz, Giants
||April 18 at COL
|Alfonso Soriano, Cubs
||April 30 at ARI
I wish I could just embed these videos, but you know, they belong to Major League Baseball and they don’t like to embed their videos, but if you will hit the links you can clearly see the difference on about the same kind of play to end the ball game in each game last night. First, here is the spectacular grab by the Giants Right Fielder Nate Schierholtz :
Now, watch almost the identical play by the Ranger’s Craig Gentry.
Thanks for playing.
Bryan Stow, shown with his children, was severely beaten by two assailants in the parking lost at Dodger Stadium on opening day, March 31
You remember opening day in Major League Baseball right?
The San Francisco Giants were playing the LA Dodgers in LA when Giants fan Bryan Stow was beat up for wearing a Giants jersey?
Well guess what? The Giants are back in LA tonight to start another series with the Dodgers, and this time, there are going to be more police than peanut vendors at the park.
Additionally, this could be the last game that Frank McCourt watches his team plays the Giants as the owner. You remember McCourt right? The guy who said there wasn’t a security problem at Dodger Stadium?
From USA Today:
McCourt, who paid the hotel bills while Stow’s family was in Los Angeles, now might not be able to pay his employees on their next payday, May 30. Major League Baseball is investigating McCourt’s finances; through 22 home games,
Dodgers attendance is down 157,115 from a year ago, the biggest drop in baseball.
The attack has stirred emotions and debate throughout California and baseball as well as an outpouring of support for Stow and his family. To make a donation to the “Support Fund for Bryan Stow” go to ww.SFpcu.org.
Let’s hope tonight’s game is more about baseball than crime.
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From Ben’s Biz Blog
The San Diego Padres recently announced a new partnership with TaylorMade Golf, highlighted by a piece of ballpark signage that is anything but par for the course: an 88-foot R11 replica driver along the right field foul pole.
What a great idea if you are a minor league team looking for a way to create some advertising for profit.
Swinging For the Fences (Ben’s Biz Blog)
So you go to bed at night thinking the world will at least stay on its axis until you can wake up the next day. I couldn’t sleep for some reason and got on my computer at 3:30 AM and the news came all the way in from left field. (Pardon the pun)
Rangers’ part owner Chuck Greenberg
could resign as early as today? What the Hades??
The Wall Street Journal has discovered that out of all current Major League Baseball players and managers, only 26 have four-year college degrees. 26! And only three of those know how to calculate VORP. [WSJ]
Filed under Deadspin, Sports
So I’m watching the game between the Rangers and Bluejays when this accident happens.
The umpire gets hit by the barrel end of a swinging bat. Ooohhh, that had to hurt. The medics came out and wheeled him off, and our prayers go with him.
(UPDATE) From the Dallas morning News:
As for plate umpire Kerwin Danley, who was struck in the head/jaw by a broken bat, he has been taken to an area hospital for an exam to see if he has a concussion. He did not lose consciousness as he lay on the field for 10 minutes.