The Yankees are going to sell some ugly commemorative caps this season

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In case you have forgotten, the Yankees have won 27 World Championships. They’d really like you to not forget that, actually. In the off chance you have forgotten it, they are going to sell some hats this season that remind you of that. And next season. And the season after that.

Yep, this year the Yankees will sell — at Yankee Stadium only — some New Era caps commemorating the last nine of their World Series titles (2009, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1978, 1977, 1962 and 1961). Then, in 2018, the nine before that and in 2019 the first nine won by the franchise.

The key takeaway, though, is how the caps look:

Yes, those are tally marks on the side. In case you’ve lost count. And check out the underside of the bill:

And the back:

Level with me, Yankees fans: you gonna buy one of these? How about 27 of these?

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.