The Frank McCourt trial pushed back a month

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We were supposed to see Bud Selig and Frank McCourt take the stand in the final showdown in bankruptcy court next week, but the judge just kicked the whole thing a month.  The trial is now scheduled for November 29 through December 2.

No reason was given. No interesting reason has to exist. Litigation just works that way. In 11 years I had one trial begin when it was originally scheduled to begin. It just happens.

Practical implication: McCourt will definitely be in charge for the beginning of the offseason planning and team strategy heading into the Winter Meetings.  Of course, as Bill Shaikin reported last month, this may not make any practical difference in team strategy, as it is probably in everyone’s best interest that the team try to be competitive. There is short term money to spend, it seems.

Oh well. At least this will give us something to talk about around Thanksgiving, right?

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.