The Dodgers finally clinch

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The Dodgers finally clinched the west with a victory over the Rockies last night. The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke described the scene in particularly colorful terms:

Sick of staring at it, the Dodgers became it, pouring themselves across
Chavez Ravine on Saturday night like the champagne that has haunted
them.

Clayton Kershaw popped. Casey Blake bubbled. Mark Loretta sprayed. An
entire dugout of bouncing blue poured into the cool night awash in
intoxicating relief.

How, exactly, does champagne haunt you?  Does it jump out and say “boo!” or is more of a creepy, move-your-stuff-around-at-night poltergeist kind of thing?

In other news, Kershaw is day-to-day following the popping. Blake and Loretta’s bubbling and spraying will probably land them on the disabled list.

Each owner will get at least $50 million in early 2018 from the sale of BAMTech

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Earlier this year Disney agreed to purchase the majority stake in BAMTech, the digital media company spun off from MLB Advanced Media. We know it as the source of the technology for MLB.tv and MLB.com, but it’s far more wide-ranging than that now. At present it powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and, eventually, will power Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services.

The company was started by an investment from baseball’s 30 owners, so they’re getting a big payout as a result of the acquisition. Earlier this morning Jim Bowden dropped this regarding how much of that payout is in the offing in the short term:

That’s probably on the low end, actually. Some people I’ve spoken to who are familiar with the acquisition say the figure is more like $68 million in Q1 of 2018.

Good for the owners! It was a savvy, forward-thinking investment that, in the past, baseball owners might not have made. Bud Selig, Bob Bowman and others deserve credit for convincing the Jeff Lorias and Jerry Reinsdorfs of the world to think big and long term. It’s money out of the sky, raining down upon the owner of your baseball team for, basically, doing nothing.

Money which should be remembered when your buddy complains about a relief pitcher getting $6 million for only pitching 65 innings. Money which should be remembered when your team’s GM says that he has to cut back on payroll in the coming year.