Major League Baseball is seeking to limit champagne celebrations


The New York Times reports that, just prior to the World Series, Major League Baseball issued a memo to teams, telling them to limit the amount of champagne provided for victory celebrations, to offer non-alcoholic beverages for spritzing purposes, banning beer and other types of alcoholic drinks from the showers and telling teams are not allowed to bring the drinks on the field.

My opposition to the showers is less about the alcohol itself than the fact that these things have become so rote and scripted and common, but hey, if any of these new guidelines discourage the practice, more power to them.

One question I do have is about banning beer from the showers. Aren’t there sponsorships involved here? Doesn’t Budweiser or whoever provide the plastic that covers the lockers, slapping their logo on them?  Could this be one instance in which an actual, principled decision takes precedence over a marketing interest?  If so, someone get me a fainting couch, because I can’t believe it.


Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.