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?
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.