AOL’s Tom Krasovic on Steinbrenner’s lengthy obituary:
As America’s addiction to sports only grows, baseball is among the
industries getting staggering amounts of publicity. For instance, when Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on Tuesday,
naturally The Associated Press ran a biography about the man who had
turned the Death Star into a seven-time World Series champion and a
revenue giant. How many words did the obit run? About 3,000. I’m told
the Steinbrenner bio was longer than any AP bio in two decades or more,
even longer than bios of world leaders such as U.S. presidents and
I was dubious of this at first, but a few minutes of Googling at least begins to bear this out. The longest Ronald Regan obit I could find in a mainstream publication was around 2,500 words. Same with Pope John Paul II. I suppose there could have been longer ones depending on the news outlet — and of course, once you bundle in multiple sidebar stories the presidents and popes get more total coverage — but that’s pretty impressive for Big Stein all the same.
My first impression of it though: while Steinbrenner wasn’t as important as Popes or presidents, he was probably more interesting than any of them, so the verbiage is justified. I mean, how long does it take to describe the exploits of a world leader? It’s pretty straightforward, major key stuff. Steinbrenner was a complicated dude, though. He took some explaining.
OXON HILL, MD — Bill King has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
King, one of the iconic voices of Bay Area sports, was known for his handlebar mustache and his signature “Holy Toledo!” exclamation. King broadcast A’s games for 25 seasons, from 1981 through 2005. He likewise broadcast Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors games and got his start as an announcer for the Giants in the late 1950s after they moved to San Francisco.
King passed away in October 2005. With the Frick Award, however, he has now been immortalized among baseball broadcasters.
The Rockies have signed free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond for five years and $70 million.
Desmond, 31, played his first season as a full-time outfielder with the Rangers in 2016. Before that he was the Nationals shortstop. He’ll almost certainly be an outfielder in Colorado, or else will play first base, as the Rockies have Trevor Story at short. Desmond hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs, 86 RBI, 107 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 677 plate appearances, though he was much, much better in the first half than the second half.
The Rangers had placed a qualifying offer on him which he rejected, so the Rockies will have to give up their first round pick in the 2017 draft, which is 11th overall. That’s the highest pick a team can surrender under the qualifying offer system, as the first ten picks in the draft are protected.