Eddie Einhorn, part owner of the Chicago White Sox, has died at age 80 following complications from a recent stroke.
Einhorn had been out of active management of the Sox for many years, but was still listed as the club’s vice-Chairman. He spent the early part of his career in broadcasting, eventually becoming the head of CBS Sports. He and Jerry Reinsdorf, a law school classmate, purchased a controlling interest in the Sox In 1981. Einhorn played a key role in baseball’s first billion-dollar television contract back in 1983.
Major League Baseball just released this statement regarding Einhorn’s passing:
“All of us at Major League Baseball are deeply saddened by the loss of White Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn, a leader in the world of sports and broadcasting. He was a sports television pioneer and a huge champion of youth baseball. In recent years he bridged those twin passions through the National Youth Baseball Championships, which appeared on MLB Network and MLB.com.
“A proud and loyal leader of the White Sox owned by his longtime friend Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie took delight in the franchise’s momentous 2005 World Championship. Most of all, for decades Eddie was a friend to seemingly all in the baseball and the broader sports communities. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Eddie’s wife Ann, their daughter – and our former colleague – Jenny, their son Jeff, and their entire family, as well as his countless friends throughout the White Sox organization and our game as a whole.”
I’ve been writing about baseball for nine years now and I can’t ever remember a player being reported by multiple solid outlets as agreeing to a deal on one day and signing with another the next, but Dexter Fowler just did. Fowler is not, as was reported, signing with the Orioles. The Cubs just announced they have signed him instead.
Two days ago multiple reliable reporters reported that Fowler had agreed a three-year, $35 million deal with Baltimore. Just yesterday Orioles players were talking about Fowler’s addition to the club. Then, about 15 minutes ago, the Cubs announced that they and Fowler have agreed to terms on a 2016 contract worth $13 million with a mutual option for 2017. Fowler just walked into Cubs camp in Mesa, Arizona.
What the heck happened? Jon Heyman reports that Fowler insisted that the Orioles give him an opt-out after the first year and that they refused, causing him to go back to Chicago. If so, it’s weird that the deal was reported as basically final by everyone and that people with the Orioles were talking about it openly. Normally, a player is never mentioned unless and until the ink is dry.
Oh well, that’s over. And it ends with the O’s down a player they thought they had in the bag and the Cubs having a fourth outfielder they didn’t plan on having as of yesterday.
If you think the hot takes about Yoenis Cespedes’ hot cars are out-of-this world, just wait until Bill Plaschke or someone gets a load of this report.
TMZ spoke with Alex Vega, the guy who customizes all of the big leaguers’ cars, and he says that Yasiel Puig is buying a helicopter to get to the ballpark. And, of course, he plans on tricking it out too. The chopper, a Robinson R44, is reportedly around $350,000 used.
Puig lives in Sherman Oaks, which people in the area tell me isn’t that bad a drive to Dodger Stadium at the time of day Puig typically goes there. It’s against the worst of the traffic flow and off-peak hours, so he could probably make it in 20 minutes most days. Still, given his history, Puig driving is probably a bad idea even in the best of circumstances. Plus, if he gets the chopper, he can move down to the beach or something and not worry about his commute. Finally, doing this is a good way to say that he sees other Los Angeles sports heroes as role models.
In other news, if Puig goes through with this and does not, immediately, get the nickname “Blue Thunder,” then I am going to be greatly disappointed.