The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed. The good one, I mean, whichever that one is. Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times:
The Mets’ deal to sell a minority stake in the team for $200 million to David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, is finished except for completing the deal’s paperwork, said one person briefed on the sale.
The parties have apparently appeased J.P. Morgan, which had complained about the deal earlier and wanted to ensure that it got paid first. Also a contributing factor: the Mets unloaded Carlos Beltran, and his depressing, loser persona that has infected everything the Mets have tried to do for years is no longer around to make everything crappy.
The last part of that is just speculation, of course, based on stuff I read in another Times article.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.