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.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday that starter Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch in the NLDS against the Dodgers, Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Strasburg hasn’t pitched since September 7 due to a strained flexor mass.
Strasburg was pitching well before a few poor starts prior to being shut down in August. He currently holds a 3.60 ERA with a 183/44 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.
The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $175 million contract extension in May. This was obviously not how they invisioned his 2016 campaign going.
Nationals starter A.J. Cole has been fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang on Sunday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. Cole is appealing his suspension.
Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper, who was coming into third base on a triple. The fake-out caused Harper to slide awkwardly, injuring his left thumb. The Nationals took exception to this and Cole threw a fastball that ended sailing behind Kang’s back during his next at-bat. Cole was ejected and both benches emptied. There was some yelling and some light pushing and shoving, but nothing beyond that.
Cole will remain active until his appeal is heard, which may allow him to make one more start before the end of the regular season. He’s carrying a 5.09 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings over seven starts this season.