As first reported by beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has officially been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is back in LA’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals. It’ll be his first appearance in an MLB game since July 5.
Kemp wound up missing a little over two weeks due to painful irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder.
The 28-year-old also spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a right hamstring strain. He’s batting just .254/.309/.357 with four home runs and nine stolen bases through his first 61 games played this year.
Kemp had 23 homers and nine steals in 106 games last summer and 39 homers and 40 steals in 2011.
Earlier this year Disney agreed to purchase the majority stake in BAMTech, the digital media company spun off from MLB Advanced Media. We know it as the source of the technology for MLB.tv and MLB.com, but it’s far more wide-ranging than that now. At present it powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and, eventually, will power Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services.
The company was started by an investment from baseball’s 30 owners, so they’re getting a big payout as a result of the acquisition. Earlier this morning Jim Bowden dropped this regarding how much of that payout is in the offing in the short term:
That’s probably on the low end, actually. Some people I’ve spoken to who are familiar with the acquisition say the figure is more like $68 million in Q1 of 2018.
Good for the owners! It was a savvy, forward-thinking investment that, in the past, baseball owners might not have made. Bud Selig, Bob Bowman and others deserve credit for convincing the Jeff Lorias and Jerry Reinsdorfs of the world to think big and long term. It’s money out of the sky, raining down upon the owner of your baseball team for, basically, doing nothing.
Money which should be remembered when your buddy complains about a relief pitcher getting $6 million for only pitching 65 innings. Money which should be remembered when your team’s GM says that he has to cut back on payroll in the coming year.