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A deeper look at the holdup on approving Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner

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Yesterday the assembled owners put the vote to approve Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner on hold.  Today Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on that. Specifically, that there are concerns about team finances and debt limit considerations:

Selig declined to specify what questions Moorad’s group must resolve, but he said concerns were first voiced by Jonathan Mariner, MLB’s chief financial officer, on Friday … A baseball source indicated that some of the issues in need of addressing could relate to the commitment of Moorad’s partners and their willingness to fund future cash calls.

It’s kind of rich that after two years of McCourt/Wilpon craziness baseball is now going to hold the line on debt and finances for a guy who saved the bacon of the team’s outgoing owner, John Moores.  And it totally irked Moores, who was the only one who voted against Selig’s two-year contract extension yesterday.

That said, if making Moorad wait a bit means that MLB is now going to look closely at all incoming owners’ finances and make sure that no more hucksters get into the ownership ranks, well, all the better.

“La Vida Baseball,” celebrating Latino baseball, launches

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A new website has launched. It’s called “La Vida Baseball,” and it’s all about celebrating the past, present and future of Latino baseball from a Latino perspective.

The site, produced in partnership with the Hall of Fame, has four general areas of focus:

  • Who’s Now: Focusing on current Latino players;
  • Who’s Next: Focusing on top prospects here, in the Caribbean and in Central and South America;
  • Our Life: Off-the-Field stuff, including player’s lives, lifestyles and hobbies; and
  • Our Legends: Focusing on Latino baseball history, Hall of Famers and overlooked players.

As the site has just launched there aren’t yet a ton of stories up there, but there is one about Roberto Clemente, another about Felix Hernandez and some other stuff.

The site is much-needed. Baseball reporters for American outlets are overwhelmingly white, non-Spanish speakers. Reporters, who, generally, gravitate to the players who are the most like they are. Which is understandable on some level. When you’re writing stories about people you need to be able to communicate with them and relate to them on more than a mere perfunctory level. As such, no matter how good the intentions of baseball media, we tend to see the clubhouse and the culture of baseball from a distinctly American perspective. And we tend to paint Latino players with a broad, broad brush.

La Vida Baseball will, hopefully, remedy all of that and will, hopefully, give us a fresh and insightful depiction Latino players and their culture.

 

David Ross to compete on “Dancing with the Stars”

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Do you miss David Ross? I miss David Ross. The season hasn’t even started yet and I miss David Ross. There’s something comforting about having a likable graybeard catcher in the game with bonus points for being bald. His loss will be felt.

But while we won’t have David Ross in baseball all this year — at least on the field; he’s a special assistant with the Cubs — we’ll still have David Ross someplace:

Johnny Damon did “Celebrity Apprentice” — Trump fired him, sadly — but we’ve never had a ballplayer on “Dancing With The Stars.” There have been several football players and some Olympians, but no baseball guys. Which makes some amount of sense as, outside of the middle infielders and first basemen, footwork isn’t necessarily the most important tool.

Catchers are particularly plodding for athletes, so good luck, David. Unless you have some moves you haven’t flashed in the past, you’ll probably need it.