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Safeco Field will be getting a new name


The Seattle Mariners and Safeco Insurance have announced that the naming rights deal for the M’s ballpark will not be renewed when it expires.

It was a 20-year deal when it was signed and the ballpark has been called Safeco Field since it opened in July of 1999. That lasts through the end of the 2018 season, after which the park will be renamed. The Mariners say they have begun talking with potential naming rights partners.

For what it’s worth, among the largest Seattle-based companies are Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Costco and Alaska Airlines. You have to figure that one of those will be the winner. At least if companies like that consider naming rights to be a good investment. Which I’m not entirely sure it is.

The Milwaukee Brewers perform “The Sandlot”

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A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”

The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.

The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.