George Steinbrenner's obituary was really long

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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
popes.

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.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.