An enlightening and, frankly, depressing story from Bloomberg about how Bryan Stow, who was beaten nearly to death outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011 and subsequently received a nearly $14 million jury award, has yet to see hardly any of the money and, eventually, will only receive a bit under $6 million. This despite the fact that most familiar with his case believe he’ll have some $30 million in medical and caregiving expenses during the remainder of his lifetime.
Why? The beauty of insurance subrogation, which allows insurance companies to recoup the money they paid to cover losses from any subsequent settlements. That is, yes, you pay your $X hundred a month for health insurance, but if you need to use it — like Bryan Stow did after his attack — the company can then come to you and take a chunk of your lawsuit recovery to recoup its losses. Which you may not consider to be the company’s “losses” as opposed to “the expenses it agreed to pay in exchange for premiums,” but if you think that, boy are you naive about how the insurance law works. The Bloomberg article walks you through it, however, to explain how this is all legal and, frankly, par for the course.
But it is unjust. Especially given that, because of some odd business machinations, one of the companies that is, indirectly anyway, getting a chunk of Bryan Stow’s legal settlement is the insurance company that covers the Dodgers. Yes, the same Dodgers who have to pay Bryan Stow as a result of their negligence.
Nice system we have, eh?
It’s been nearly 48 hours since the last Padres trade, so you have to assume Padres’ GM A.J. Preller is getting a bit antsy to make a deal. And he may make one soon:
At present Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes are manning shortstop for the Friars (Barmes got the Opening Day start) but neither of those guys seem poised to give San Diego any kind of decent production.
Given that we’re on Day 2 of the season and given that shortstop is perhaps the thinnest position in all of baseball at the moment, there aren’t a lot of obvious candidates for a deal. Still, there are some often-discussed salary dump guys like Elvis Andrus out there, and the Cubs have Addison Russell waiting in the wings behind Starlin Castro, so it’s possible a deal could be made.
Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was diagnosed with inflammation in his elbow after undergoing an MRI in New York earlier today. The good news: no structural damage.
It is unclear whether Mejia will go on the disabled list as opposed to merely rest, but either way, not having a torn anything is a relief for the Mets.
Mejia, 25, had a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio across 92 2/3 innings last season. He previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2011. Yesterday manager Terry Collins indicated that Jeurys Familia is the favorite to fill in for Mejia at closer.
Yesterday we mentioned Torii Hunter’s displeasure at home plate umpire Joe West saying he went all the way around on a would-be check swing to end the Twins-Tigers game. Apparently, Hunter went a bit too far:
This morning Rosenthal’s Fox colleague Jon Morosi noted that, perhaps, it’s really stupid for home plate umpires to be making calls on check swings to begin with. And he’s right about that.
Spring training is not what it used to be. Time was when teams holed up in Cuba or on Catalina Island and had a camp full of inter-squad games and, like, throwing medicine balls at one another. The modern spring training seasons with a full slate of scheduled games is relatively new. The more modern model of doing that in palatial, high-capacity ballparks is even newer.
All of which is to say, get used to a lot more press releases like this every April:
Major League Baseball set a new Spring Training attendance record with 4,034,708 fans attending games over 481 dates for an average of 8,388 per game, it was announced today.
The 2015 total eclipsed the previous record of 3,823,479 set in 2013, while the average attendance of 8,388 eclipsed the previous best of 8,078 in 2014. Total Spring Training attendance showed an 11.7 percent increase over last season’s total of 3,610,738, and the record-setting average reflected a 3.8 percent increase over last year.
The giant new park for the Cubs in Mesa had a lot to do with this. They drew 222,415 fans to Sloan Park, which is the largest single spring training attendance total for any team in history. They’d get over 15,000 a game sometimes. It was kind of nuts.
Spring training is a big business now, my friends. And only getting bigger.