All-Star game gets worst television ratings of all time

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Last night’s All-Star game was the lowest-rated in television history, with just 7.5 percent of the country tuning in to see the National League’s first win since way back in 1996.
That represents a drop of 16 percent compared to last year’s game and is worse than the previous low of 8.1 percent from 2005.
Interestingly, the “host market” of Los Angeles had just 8.6 percent tuning in, whereas the previous five host markets averaged 22.8 percent. St. Louis had this year’s highest local rating at 20.5 percent.
Also of note is that ratings for the previous night’s Home Run Derby were down 22 percent from last year.
“Omar Infante, All Star” apparently did not capture the imagination of the nation.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.