From my ProBasketballTalk compadre Kurt, a glimpse of what’s to come:
It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.
And putting a small 2-inch by 2-inch adverting patch on the shoulder of NBA jerseys can generate a lot of money, NBA Deputy Commissioner told the NBA owners on Thursday.
They’re gonna do it starting in the 2013-14 season. They estimate that it could bring in $100 million by doing that. That seems a bit nuts, but clearly it will create a lot of revenue.
Soccer does it. Now basketball. Obviously racing has done it forever as have lots of sports in other countries. We don’t want it to happen in baseball — purity, aesthetics, etc. etc. — but can someone tell me why this won’t inevitably stretch to baseball? Just with a little patch here or there? We as fans all would bristle, but who among those in power — the league, the union, the broadcasting rights holders and the sponsors themselves — would object? Who stops it?
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.