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.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Dodgers have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans, and a player to be named later. It was reported on Wednesday that Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard both cleared waivers and that Ruiz was drawing interest from a couple of teams.
Ruiz, 37, has served as the backup catcher behind Cameron Rupp. Over 193 plate appearances, he hit .261/.368/.352. He continued to play solid defense and has always had a reputation for handling his pitchers very well. In fact, in a commercial for the video game MLB 2k11, former Phillie Roy Halladay essentially professed his love for Ruiz:
Ellis, 35, is a free agent after the season while Ruiz has a club option for the 2017 season worth $4.5 million. It seems likely that the Dodgers pick up that option and make Ruiz Grandal’s backup next year. Ellis hit a lousy .194/.285/.252 in 161 plate appearances, but the Phillies aren’t particularly concerned with his production since they’re still facilitating their rebuilding process.
Bergjans, 23, has spent the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He’s posted a 4.98 ERA with a 133/29 K/BB ratio in 130 innings spanning 21 starts and three relief appearances. He went to school in Haverford, PA so the Phillies are bringing in a local guy.
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated from the 15-day disabled list ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Angels, the club announced. Utilityman Ryan Goins has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to create room on the roster.
Bautista missed the minimum 15 days due to a sprained left knee. He’s battled injuries throughout the season, limiting him to just 355 plate appearances over 80 games. He’ll resume play with a .222/.349/.444 triple-slash line, 15 home runs, and 48 RBI.
Bautista is in Thursday night’s starting lineup, batting first and serving as the DH.