Public officials aren't looking askance at a publicly-financed ballpark in Virginia

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As I wrote earlier today, here is the New York Times this morning:

“With state and local budgets stretched by the recession, politicians are only now starting to look askance at privately held teams trying to tap the public till.”

Here’s Ballpark Digest, reporting on the ballpark situation in Richmond, Virgina — home of the Eastern League’s Flying Squirrels — just this afternoon:

[T]he Flying Squirrels clearly caught the imagination of the community, leading the Eastern League in attendance. And that seems to have impressed Richmond city leaders, who now are talking favorably about public funding of a new ballpark.

Political leaders only “look askance” at these things after the ballpark is built and after the riches they claim it will bring to the community fail to be realized.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.