Home Run Derby in 3D?

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Maury Brown reports that the 2010 Home Run Derby will be televised in 3D:

“We are always looking for ways to augment the viewing experience for
fans watching MLB telecasts,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball
Senior Vice President, Broadcasting.  “The State Farm Home Run Derby is
a unique event for a 3D telecast since it has all of the prestige of an
MLB Jewel Event and the event’s format allows for more creativity in
how it is shot for television.”

I’m an old, frightened and confused man, so maybe someone who actually pays attention to technology can explain to me how 3D will enhance an event that shows us near-static pictures of baseballs flying over a fence.  Wouldn’t an event that actually has a lot of moving parts and changing backgrounds — like, say, football — be a better subject for the 3D treatment?

Must-Click Link: The Best “Irony Jerseys”

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Our old friend Joe Posnanski tackles a venerable topic over at MLB.com: guys you totally forgot played for a given team. Mostly superstars who had brief stops at non-signature stations at the end of their careers. Or guys, like Mike Piazza and Reggie Jackson, who were with a team for a blink of an eye in between more famous way stations.

We’ve all had this conversation before: remember Willie Mays with the Mets? Doc Gooden with the Astros? John Smoltz with the Cardinals? Heck, I had forgotten about Smoltz with the Cardinals and he was a star on my favorite team once upon a time.

Posnanski calls them “Irony Jerseys.” That’s pretty appropriate, as one can totally imagine someone buying, say, that Dale Murphy Rockies jersey in the name of obscurity. Whatever you call it, it’s a good read.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get my Ted Simmons Braves jersey for a party at some place uptown that you’ve probably never heard of.

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.