Yesterday we talked about the Yankees’ new ticket policy which is aimed at knocking out Stubhub and keeping the secondary ticket market for the team. Today Yankees’ Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost was asked about that policy and said something pretty eyebrow-raising.
After first giving the largely silly explanation that the ticket plan was to combat fraud, as well as to offer some counterfactual argument about how Stubhub could, if it wanted to, offer mobile tickets which adhere to the policy (they can’t because the Yankees won’t let them) he talked about the . . . difficulties that can be encountered when one buys below-face-value tickets from Stubhub:
“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money. It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and [another] fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount . . . And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”
Oh really? Question, Mr. Trost: how often do you know how much the person next to you paid for their seat? And, more significantly, what about a person who doesn’t sit in premium locations might “frustrate” your rich season ticket holders who do?
I have a few ideas of what he is implying. None of them are anything but ugly.
Bruce Bochy won his 800th game as the Giants’ manager in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, as his club pulled out a walk-off 8-7 victory against the Phillies. He leads active managers in wins with 1,751 and joins Sparky Anderson as the only managers in baseball history to win 800-plus games with two different teams, as MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account notes.
Bochy managed the Padres from 1995 to 2006, winning one pennant in 1998. The Giants hired him in 2007 and he’s been with them ever since, leading them to three championships.
Bochy is 16th all-time in wins as a manager. He needs 18 more to tie Jim Leyland at 1,769.
Sunday’s win was the Giants’ 49th of the season, moving into the National League lead at 49-28. Only the Rangers (49-27) have a better record in baseball.
Mets starter Steven Matz has a bone spur in his left elbow, which could require surgery once the season is over, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Matz has dealt with elbow problems throughout this season and even missed a start last month because of it.
Matz doesn’t seem worried about it, even though he was knocked around by the Braves to the tune of six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his last start:
“I mean it’s been tight, but it’s fine,” Matz said. “I mean I was able to throw the ball fine the first four innings. I was leaving the ball up and they were capitalizing. They were hitting the ball really hard that inning. They were aggressive the whole game and they got to me.”
Matz is unlikely to make his next scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Nationals. The 25-year-old lefty has a 3.29 ERA with a 73/15 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.
The Athletics have claimed pitcher Nick Tepesch off waivers from the Dodgers MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the club designated Eric Surkamp for assignment.
Tepesch made a spot start for the Dodgers on Friday in a loss against the Pirates, serving up five runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts over four innings. The Dodgers designated him for assignment on Saturday.
Tepesch, 27, has a career 4.68 ERA over 223 career innings in the majors. He’ll serve as rotation depth for the A’s.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed on Monday that starter Clayton Kershaw has been receiving treatment for back discomfort, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reports. Roberts added that the lefty’s back issue wasn’t a factor in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Pirates. Kershaw lasted only six innings and yielded four runs on nine hits and two walks with only four strikeouts.
Kershaw’s back has been an “off-and-on issue,” according to Roberts. He is still expected to start on Friday against the Rockies.
Kershaw is 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this season. He’s tied for the league lead in wins, and leads all major league starters in innings pitched, strikeouts, K/BB ratio (16.11), WHIP (0.727), complete games (three), shutouts (three).
The Dodgers have been bitten hard by the injury bug this season, especially in the pitching department. Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chin-Hui Tsao, Yimi Garcia, and Alex Wood are all currently sidelined. Kenta Maeda is day-to-day with a bruised lower right leg.