There’s a story over at The Daily Beast that tells the often-told tale about how the Dolan family (i.e. owners of Cablevision and the Knicks) want to buy the Yankees. The reason to re-hash it this time, obviously, is George Steinbrenner’s death. From the article:
Now speculation is beginning to mount among sources close to the Dolans
that Steinbrenner’s death will serve as a “catalyst”–to use Wall Street
vernacular for a triggering event–for them to eventually make another
offer to buy the greatest franchise in sports.
Sure, I can see bringing it up again because a big event just happened that could cause people to re-think, change course, or whatever. But there’s really no there there. There’s no new information which suggests any change of heart on the part of Yankees’ ownership with respect to a sale. What’s more, Yankees’ President Randy Levine is shooting the story down this morning:
“The reporter was told that neither the Yankees nor YES, are, will be or
have have been for sale. This is all fantasy. It’s just as likely that
we would buy the Knicks or Rangers.”
Levine can be full of it sometimes, but this makes abundant sense to me. Sure, George Steinbrenner just died, but whatever the titles say, George Steinbrenner hasn’t been running the Yankees for several years now. There’s been a lot of talk about how the Steinbrenner family is getting out of having to pay estate taxes because of the timing of his death, but they didn’t know when he was going to die. As such, if there was ever an intention of selling the team, wouldn’t it have made sense for it to go into a trust or be sold before Steinbrenner’s death to avoid even the potential for a big tax bill?
Thanks to the new stadium revenues are at an all-time high. Hal Steinbrenner has shown himself to be even more adept at running the Yankees than his father was. I’ll eat my hat if he sells the team to the Dolans in the next decade.
The Kansas City Star has covered the death of Yordano Ventura and its aftermath in a thorough, thoughtful, respectful and admirable fashion and it has all been compelling to read, even if it’s often been difficult to read. Their latest story may be the most difficult, though it is nonetheless essential.
It covers the final year of Ventura’s life which, sadly, was tumultuous. He had become estranged from his family. He was married to a woman who, at the time of the ceremony, was still married to her first husband and whose family, allegedly, later made threats against Ventura that we’re only now learning about. This includes allegations of armed men accosting Ventura at his home near the Royals spring training facility a year ago. An incident which led to him missing time due to “flulike symptoms,” but which, in reality, caused him considerable mental distress. He was again threatened, it is claimed, in Kansas City during the season. There is also an allegation that Ventura attempted suicide via an overdose of Benadryl, though that is disputed.
Beyond that, there is an arc to the end of Ventura’s life which sounds unfortunately familiar. It’s a story of a young man whose life changed dramatically in a very, very short period of time and who struggled at times to process the changes. Were it not for a fateful drive on a dark and winding road one night in late January, they all could’ve been things that, as his career matured, he could look back on as learning experiences. Now that he’s gone, however, they form the final, tragic chapter.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.