Todd Zolecki of MLB.com wrote an interesting story about Jimmy Rollins’ various business ventures, including his involvement in the music industry. Apparently the Phillies’ shortstop owns partial publishing rights to songs like “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and “Sexual Eruption” by Snoop Dogg.
Rollins explained it this way: When a writer writes a song, he or she might not see any money for several months while the song travels the globe and licensing companies like BMI and ASCAP check radio stations, TV shows, movies, stadiums, etc., to see how many times the song has been used. Writers need money in the meantime, so they will sell a portion of the publishing rights to get them through until they are paid.
“I’ve got five percent, 10 percent of a song,” Rollins said. “You know, roughly how much the song is going to bring in for that percentage. It’s not really a guess. So basically you give them an advance and you get the publishing. So when you get that back and anytime it’s used, instead of going to them, now it’s yours because you already gave them the advance.”
After reading about Rollins’ success purchasing the publishing rights to songs, I’ve acquired this guy’s entire catalog. I’ll see you guys at the top!
During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.
We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:
And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:
The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.
Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.
Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.
Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.
Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.