Ruben Amaro defines the concept of "day-to-day"

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I got nothing against Ruben Amaro Jr. or’s Todd Zolecki — they both do a fine job — but this exchange between them regarding Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring injury pretty much explains why I think media access to baseball teams is overrated:

“He’s better today,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m
not sure when he’s going to play, but he’s better. We don’t think it’s a
long-term issue.”

Any chance he plays Friday against the New York Mets at Citi Field?

“It’s possible, but he could miss the whole weekend,” Amaro said. “He
could play [Friday]. He could play Saturday. He could play Sunday or
Monday. I don’t know yet.”

That’s basically the definition of day-to-day, which is what the Phillies declared Rollins to begin with via a simple statement.  I know everyone has a job to do and everything, but it strikes me that 90% of official, sanctioned team-reporter interaction consists of the team not really saying anything about anything. All of the good stuff comes from unofficial chatter, anonymous sources and the like.

Makes me feel for both the beat writers who have to try and get something out of that brick wall and team personnel who get asked the same thing all the time.

Yankee Stadium losing 2,100 seats, gaining party decks and stuff in offseason renovation

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The Yankees just released a statement saying that Yankee Stadium will be undergoing “enhancements” this offseason. The enhancements include:

  • The Sunrun Kids Clubhouse, which is basically one of those “kids run around and climb on crap play areas” not unlike those you see in the middle of shopping malls. Except, of course, it’s baseball-themed. Parents of little ones will likely appreciate that. People without kids will likely watch from afar, horrified, and will check their bags for hand sanitizer before getting anywhere near it. As someone who has been on both sides of that interaction, it’s all good. It’s how it should be for all involved;
  • The MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck which is, not surprisingly, an outdoor gathering space/bar in center field near the batter’s eye;
  • Bullpen landings which are gathering spaces/bars near the bullpens;
  • The AT&T Sports Lounge at Section 134 on the Field Level. It’s a bar with big screen TVs showing the game that is going on just outside the bar; and
  • Budweiser Party Decks at Sections 311 and 328. Which are hopefully explanatory.

Artist’s renderings here.

The park will lose around 2,000 seats to make space for these additions, but will likely make up for that and then some with added revenue from all of the Yankees fans partying on. In decks.

Jon Lester to start Game 1 for the Cubs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 07:  Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs pitches in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on October 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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No surprise here: the Cubs have just named Jon Lester their Game 1 World Series starter.

Lester has allowed two earned runs in 21 innings over three starts this postseason and was the co-MVP in the NLCS. Lester will face off against Indians ace Corey Kluber.

On the season Lester went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and notched 197 Ks against 52 walks in 202.2 innings.