Aaron Judge owned the Angels Twitter Account


At the outset, let us dispense with the lazy, disrespectful notion that people who run social media accounts for businesses, sports teams and other institutions, are “kids” or “interns.” I know that’s the stereotype, but it’s woefully out of date and, actually, may never have been true. The social media presence of companies, brands and the like is critically important to 21st century commerce and the people tasked with running these accounts are trained communications, marketing and/or public relations professionals.

Of course, like the rest of us, they mess up sometimes.

The person running the Los Angeles Angels account kinda messed up last night. Thankfully not in the way that causes a huge P.R. crisis and ends with a firing and apology. This one is just kinda embarrassing.

In the top of the third inning of the Yankees-Angels game, the fearsome Aaron Judge came to the plate. At the time Judge was leading the league in home runs with 21 and had just come off of a weekend in which he destroyed the Baltimore Orioles and hit the longest homer in the bigs this year. He’s, without question, the talk of baseball in the season’s first couple of months.

Angels pitcher Alex Meyer, however, was not intimidated. He struck Judge out looking. It was so inspiring that the person running the Angels Twitter account decided to have some fun with it, even going so far as to play off of the judicial “All Rise” thing Yankees fans have been saying in response to Judge’s heroics:

Pretty clever! Except, in this case the Judge gave the closing argument:

That came in the eighth inning and, as we noted in the recaps this morning, broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees the ballgame.

We will use our discretion and will not hold the Angels Twitter person in contempt, but going forward, he or she had best learn to respect the Judge.

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


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.