9-30-2013 11-10-50 PMNo Hangover this morning, so let’s get caught up on what is being said and written about tonight’s game…

  • Earlier today we posted the Rays’ Wild Card game roster. The Indians have released theirs and it includes 11 (!) pitchers, including Scott Kazmir. [@MLBastian]
  • Evan Longoria is getting hot and it is because he is driving pitches low in the strikezone. [ESPN]
  • Bob Costas said “baseball is screwed” is the Rays play the Reds in the World Series. Ignoring for a moment that this was before the Reds were eliminated, I have long argued that small-market teams in the World Series is good for baseball and only bad for the TV networks. Baseball is not making new fans in New York, Boston, and L.A.. But they do need new fans in Tampa-St. Pete, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, among others. The long-term growth of the sport is better if small-market teams succeed. [TheBigLead]
  • BJ Upton had the second lowest batting average in baseball (min. 400 PAs) and is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Why? Because he is in the playoffs and just happens to have the same last name as a certain curvy SI swimsuit model. [BI Sports]
  • Here are the new batting practice-slash-spring training jerseys which are navy on the front and baby blue on the back. [ESPN]
  • Yankees TV ratings were down 31.2% this year. [NYTimes.com]
  • NOOOOOOOOOO! (via BRaysball Talk).

 

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  1. Amanda says:

    Oh, come on Costas!!!!!!! Does he ever say that football is screwed if Green Bay makes it to the Superbowl?!?

    This is proof positive why Art Model should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, hands-down. Even though he's most known for moving the Colts, he's also one of the few people who recognized that teams like Green Bay had just as much worth as the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, and they all had to be in it together or the whole league would fail. He's one of the people who fought for a national TV contract with all teams sharing the money equally. It was from that moment that the NFL took off and MLB started its decline as the most popular sport in the country.

    I'm an unabashed capitalist, but when it comes to sports leagues, you have to have more than one or two viable franchises or you're just the Globetrotters and Generals, playing exhibitions everywhere. Could you imagine what would happen if every single team in MLB had to pool their TV revenue and split it evenly?! The Yankees could sell their front-row seats for $5k a pop and still make more than every other team, but at least they couldn't outstrip everyone else because of their individual TV contract.

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    • slacker775 says:

      Actually, Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore. Irsay moved the Colts to Indy.

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      • Amanda says:

        You're right, you're right. I was so cross while I was writing I wasn't thinking straight. Thanks for pointing that out.

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  2. Dave L says:

    ESPN, TBS, NBC etc are the last place in Televison to go for objective MLB news.

    MLB Network is the only channel I watch for that purpose. They almost never spout such garbage. "Baseball is screwed" GTFO

    Shut up Costas go tell it Gammons et. al.

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