We’ve seen some pretty unfortunate sponsorships and naming rights in the recent past. Who can forget that Minute Maid Park was once known as Enron Field? More recently, the Mets took quite a bit of heat when rolling out Citi Field. But BP may have picked the worst year possible to be the title sponsor for the interleague series between the Cubs and White Sox.
According to the Associated Press, fans rained down boos when the “BP Crosstown Cup” was presented behind home plate before Friday’s game.
According to Michelle Lodge of CNBC.com, the three-year sponsorship was announced on April 26, six days after the oil spill began. Naming rights aside, I’m a little confused here. What happens if the teams split the six games? Seems to me that BP should have had some sort of contingency plan in place.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.