Former Red Sox GM Dan Duquette was on The Pulse Network yesterday and the subject of Roger Clemens came up. And when Clemens comes up, so too does PEDs. Duquette had this to say:
“I’ll just say this…let’s let it play out a little bit more, I think
there is more information and evidence that will show that Roger used
performance enhancing drugs in a significant way.”
I’m sure Duquette has his sources, but I’m also guessing that he’s not exactly on the front lines of Roger Clemens’ post-Red Sox life either. So if he knows of information like this, you have to figure a lot of people do too. And if a lot of people do, I have to ask the question I’ve been asking for a couple of years now: what in the HELL was Clemens thinking of escalating this matter like he did?
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.