The last player in Tiger Stadium: Val Kilmer

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The final hours of Tiger Stadium are, well, bizarre:

A film crew is giving Tiger Stadium a temporary reprieve from the
wrecking ball as they shoot a movie at the old ballpark today. For
production of the independent film “The Irishman,” the site will morph
into the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium, which was demolished in 1995
and replaced. Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken and Ray Stevenson are
starring in the film . . .

. . . The independent film, which does not have a release date,
documents the life of Cleveland-area union organizer and mobster Danny
Greene, who was killed by a car bomb as he left a dentist’s appointment.

A final ignominy in a series of ignominies that have befallen Tiger Stadium since the last game in 1999.

I spent a nice chunk of my childhood in Tiger Stadium and loved that building more than the houses in which I grew up. As I mention here,
for mercy’s sake, I’m glad it’s finally being demolished. I just wish
it didn’t have to suffer through Billy Crystal, Bud Bowl 2006, weeds,
neglect, decay and now, finally, Val Kilmer, before it was put out of
its misery.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.