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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bud Selig says "no timetable" for Mets to repay $25 Million Dollar Loan

Fox sports reports there is no timetable for the Mets to repay the $25 million they received last season from Major League Baseball, according to commissioner Bud Selig.

But Selig, speaking to reporters last night before the Brewers faced the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS at Miller Park, indicated he's satisfied with the progress the Mets have made trying to rectify their financial problems.

The Mets recently ended negotiations with David Einhorn to buy a minority stake in the team, and principal owner Fred Wilpon will instead attempt to sell small blocks of the franchise to friends and family.

"I don't have any concerns," Selig said. "I've talked to Fred a lot about it, and they seem to be making good progress at what they're trying to do. He feels comfortable with it, and I really don't [have concerns] at this point. They've made no demands or anything. They seem to be moving along in the right path."

Nevertheless, Selig said there is no timetable in place for the Mets to repay their loan.
"We haven't discussed that -- I don't know that," Selig said. "But it will be paid back."

Monday, July 11, 2011

Why Outfield Assists are on the Rise in MLB

One of the most exciting plays in baseball is seeing the runner barreling towards home plate while the catcher is waiting for a throw from the outfield to try and tag him out. Another is seeing somebody hit a triple as there’s usually a showdown at third base between runner and third baseman. Both plays rely on an excellent throw from the outfield and they ultimately come down to one player’s arm against another’s legs.

According to MLB statistics, fans are being brought out of their seats more often this year due to these thrilling plays and outfielders should reach 900 assists this summer for the first time since back in 2001. The Kansas City Royals have been leading the way in this resurgence with their outfielders having 31 assists already by July 4, compared to their total of 21 all last season. On a personal basis, Shin-Soo Choo of Cleveland had 14 assists while left fielder Alex Gordon of the Royals was just one behind him.

But while there’s more excitement in the game this season some experts are actually blaming the rise in assists on a downfall in offense not fielders’ arms. The feeling is, with fewer home runs being hit, more players are being sent home by their coaches from third base to produce runs. Being aggressive has led to more outs because runners have been taking more chances to score. Basically, there has been more chances to earn assists this year. It doesn’t mean outfielders’ arms are any better.

Another reason for the increase in assists is because the outfielders are playing deeper when power hitters are at the plate and runners are trying to take advantage of their positioning by going for an extra base. This has led to the most runners being thrown out in the MLB in the past decade. Some experts also feel more players are being gunned down because the ballparks are smaller these days.

Monday, October 25, 2010

MLB takes swing at injuries

MLB looking into ways to solve the problem of concussions.
David Wright getting plunked Aug 15, 2009.
The Mets have been at the forefront of the recent attention to head injuries, with Ryan Church, David Wright and Jason Bay all missing significant time with concussions during the past three years.

Now Major League Baseball is stepping up its efforts to further protect the players and has set up a committee to re-examine the sport's protocols, which could include a seven-day disabled list for concussions next season, a person familiar with the situation confirmed on Thursday.

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