Craig Calcaterra

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All-Star Game draws record-low ratings


Baseball is dying, you guys.

The All-Star Game drew a record-low television rating for the second straight year. The rating: a 5.4 rating. That is good for a 10 share — 10% of people watching TV on Tuesday night were watching the Midsummer Classic — and 8.7 million viewers. That “bests” last year’s 6.6 for the game in Cincinnati.

As we always note when it comes to national baseball TV ratings, it’s all relative. Baseball’s All-Star Game gets better ratings than the other major sports’ All-Star Games. And, according to Fox, Tuesday night’s game was its highest-rated telecast of any kind of the summer season.

People have a lot of stuff to watch. And they like watching their own team more than an exhibition. Not terribly shocking.


Lawsuit alleging “years of corruption” in Major League Baseball promised for tomorrow


Tomorrow is my birthday. Looks like I’ll get a gift: the chance to write about a lawsuit against Major League Baseball alleging “years of corruption” and which will allege “the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.”

The specifics are unknown. I and others in the media, however, were sent an email teasing the suit and an attendant press conference regarding it all tomorrow at 2pm Eastern. The suit is to be filed in New York. The lawyer filing the suit and holding the press conference is Vincent White, the same lawyer who has represented recenttly banned-for-life Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia. At the time of Mejia’s banning, White lashed out at Major League Baseball, hitting many of the same notes mentioned in the press release. An update to the press release specifically says, however, that the matter is not in regard to Mejia, so who knows? The sorts of allegations alluded to in the release are the sorts that have been raised in the past with respect to baseball’s investigations of PED use, specifically arising out of the Biogenesis investigation, so perhaps there is some overlap.

I’m reproducing the entire release below. For what it’s worth, I’m firmly on “believe it when I see it” footing here. I’ll obviously reserve comment until I’ve seen a complaint, but it’s not common for counsel for a plaintiff with a suit that is more about substance than sizzle to issue a teaser like this. More to the point: whatever you think of Major League Baseball’s tactics with respect to recent investigations — and I’m on record as not being a fan of them — it’s not an organization that is careless when it comes to matters of legal liability. The release suggests former employees dropping a dime and the breaking of laws. That this isn’t coming up first in a criminal investigation or in the course of some investigative journalism makes me skeptical as to the merits.

But like I said: we’ll see.

A press conference is to be held on Thursday July 14th, 2016 at The Law Office of Vincent White, located at 570 Lexington Ave on the 16th floor in Manhattan at 2 PM EST NEW TIME!. The conference is being held to reveal a lawsuit that will have just been filed along with uncovering years of corruption inside Major League Baseball, specifically alleging past activities of Commissioner Bud Selig, current Commissioner Rob Manfred, and many that work for the MLB Commissioner’s Office.

A detailed multi year investigation has brought many items to light including statements from former employees that have included the breaking of state and federal laws, invasion of privacy, computer hacking, extortion threats, and obstruction of justice.

Years of corrupt mob-like activity will be revealed in The Commissioner Office’s actions against MLB teams, owners, MLB players, agents, accused / suspended players, and many third parties independently operated outside of MLB.

Major League Baseball names batting championships for Rod Carew and Tony Gwynn

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SAN DIEGO — One last bit of unfinished business from last night’s All-Star Game involves an announcement from Major League Baseball that, while it won’t likely change the way we refer to a batting championship, was a nice gesture all the same.

Before the game, Major League Baseball announced that each league’s batting championships have been named in honor of a great-hitting Hall of Famer: Tony Gwynn in the National League and Rod Carew in the American League. Carew was on hand for the announcement at the ballpark last night. It was great to see him given his recent health problems. The late Gwynn was represented by his family.

Gwynn was a career .338 hitter who was the last man to seriously challenge .400, batting .394 in the strike-shortened 1994 season. He is tied with Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the most batting titles in NL history. Carew was a seven-time American League batting champion who was a lifetime .328 hitter. He hit .300 in 15 consecutive seasons (1969-83).  Between 1972-1978, he won six batting crowns in seven years.

No, it’s not likely people will routinely say things like “Hey, Jose Altuve won the Carew Award!” But it’s a nice gesture all the same. The crowd at Petco cheered Carew loudly last night and cheered the calling of Gwynn’s name wildly. It was a nice moment.