“Don’t sell the farm, Ray.”
That’s what the character Mark tells Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams,” after seeing Shoeless Joe (or his spirit or whatever) for the first time. Well, get this:
According to the Associated Press, via SI.com, the property in Iowa on which that Kevin Costner-starred baseball flick was shot has been sold to a company called Go the Distance Baseball LLC.
Its original owners — Don and Becky Lansing — put the house, baseball diamond and surrounding farm land up for sale in May of 2010 at a $5.4 million asking price. The final sale amount was not disclosed.
Go The Distance Baseball, as you might imagine, plans to preserve the set. It still attracts tourists.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.