Actually, by Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown who frequently writes for Forbes. Today he totally eviscerates the story Forbes ran three days ago claiming that the Astros were the most profitable team in baseball this year and may be the most profitable ever. It’s a real work of art, so go read it and get hipped to a lot of the ins-and-outs of baseball finance that is oh-so-often overlooked in most reporting on such matters.
And while we’re at it: unless you see actual audited and certified books laid out by a team, don’t believe most of what they say about their own finances either. Most teams are run like family owned muffler shops. They don’t have to show their books to anyone and don’t and even when they talk about it, there is all kinds of silliness going on that distorts the real economic picture.
In other news, some advice to Forbes: have Maury write about baseball finances more, other people less.
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.