Remember how the Marlins planned to cynically capitalize on Roy Halladay’s perfect game by printing up and selling tickets to the thing after it happened? Well, they went ahead and did it, and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, they have sold 10,332 of the bad boys so far.
While the Marlins’ stated attendance is in the 18,000 per game range, I’m guessing actual clicks of the turnstile are way, way lower. I don’t know how to get that number, but I’d be willing to wager that they’ve sold tickets to more people for the Halladay game after it ended than they’ve had warm bodies show up for dozens of actual home games this year.
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.
Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.
Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.