Baseball parks and the sound of silence

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Nick Carfado writes in the Globe about how the Red Sox turned off the sound system for a couple of innings during their throwback game with the Cubs, killing the music and the PA and the big flashing video board.  Carfado likes it. And to be honest, I think I’d like it too.

But he also interviews former Braves and Nationals and current MLB executive Stan Kasten who explains that surveys show that fans want electrified entertainment at the ballpark and that the opinion of the hard core fans and writers like Carfado and me don’t exactly represent the mainstream sentiment.

I guess I’ll buy that. And I guess that, given how much money teams have spent on big sound systems and video boards over the past few years, it’s a pretty moot point.  They’re weapons with one purpose, and it’s not to sit in silent darkness.

(thanks to Moose in Ohio for the link)

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”