Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Cincinnati Reds have signed a new long term TV deal.
It’s with the old network, however, Fox Sports Ohio, and it is not one of those transformative multi-billion deals that we’ve seen a lot of big market clubs sign in recent years. Buchanan, reporting the words of Reds COO Phil Castellini, characterizes it as “a nice increase” over the current deal, however. Exact terms were not disclosed, but the deal is for 15 years and will run through the 2032 season. The Reds had initially explored creating their own cable network but decided against it. They will, however, get an equity stake in Fox Sports Ohio.
This isn’t likely to change the Reds’ approach on the field. They’re in the middle of a rebuild and, even if this deal did represente a financial windfall, which it doesn’t seem to, it’s not like the Reds are in a position to go out and splurge on big free agents in the short term. And that’s before you realize that there aren’t that many good free agents available these days.
Bloomberg reports that Major League Baseball is moving its headquarters from its current Park Avenue location and consolidating it with MLBAM’s headquarters, which are currently in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.
They’re not moving to, like, Tulsa or anything, however. They’re moving a few blocks to the northwest, to the former Time-Life Building on 6th Avenue, near Rockefeller Center. They’re taking over office space once leased by Time, Inc. and SNY, the network which broadcasts the New York Mets. The move is supposed to take place in 2018-19.
MLB and MLBAM will occupy the fourth through ninth floors, as well as some lobby space for a studio. This is good news for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, whose offices are located on the 37th floor and thus will not have to relocate.
We tend to only pay attention to player-umpire conversations when they’re contentious. When a call is blown or, at the very least, the player thinks a call is blown, and the parties get to shouting at one another. Last night, however, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had a conversation with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez that was pretty sweet as far as these things go.
Rizzo had assumed a ball four earlier in the game and started to head toward first base. It was called a strike, however, and it was one of those situations where an umpire could have, if he wanted to, assumed that Rizzo was showing him up or whatever it is that umpires get cranky about in those instances. When Rizzo came up later in the game he started to apologize to Hernandez for that, but Hernandez wasn’t having any of it:
Hernandez tells Rizzo that he totally understood, that Rizzo was just in the heat of competition and such things happen. He said, speaking for his umpiring crew, that Rizzo was “awesome with us.”
Hernandez blew a call at home plate last night and, at many points in his career has caused players, managers and fans to tear their hair out because, well, he has blown some other calls as well. It’s good to see, however, that for whatever faults he has an ump, holding grudges and perceiving slights and disrespect on the part of players is not one of them. In that respect he seems pretty chill. Far more chill than a lot of older umps who seem to look for signs of disrespect at every turn.