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Mark Shapiro is a candidate to become the next Blue Jays’ president


Ken Rosenthal reports that the Toronto Blue Jays have spoken to Indians president Mark Shapiro about replacing outgoing president/CEO Paul Beeston.

As Rosenthal notes, the Jays have a bigger payroll than Cleveland and seem poised for more consistent contention in the coming years. From the Jays’ perspective, Shapiro has handled the baseball and business side of things for years now and has particular experience dealing with stadium renovations and the like which is something the Jays are looking at in the near future.

Seems like a good match.

An estimated million dollars worth of baseball cards found in abandoned Detroit warehouse

Future Star

There are all sorts of abandoned buildings in Detroit and most of them don’t have anything valuable in them. According to this report from the Daily Mail, however, one has thousands upon thousands of baseball cards which some “urban explorers” have discovered:

A collection of sports cards estimated to be worth more than $1million has been discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit.

Millions of the Topps cards were packed away in dust-covered crates, with thousands more strewn over the floor of the derelict building.

The mint-condition collectibles, dating from the late 1980s and 90s, were discovered by a team of urban explorers whose hobby is to venture into forgotten man-made structures.

While only estimated to be individually worth between 99 cents and $5.99, the collective haul of hundreds of cases would potentially fetch millions if ever put on the market.

I put “urban explorers” in quotes because finding them is one thing. Taking them and selling them when they belong to someone else, as they no doubt do, abandoned or otherwise turns you into something else, right? If the building has an owner, the cards belong to them. If not, they belong to the City of Detroit or the State of Michigan or Wayne County or to whichever entity is owed the no-doubt back property taxes. Not that I’m trying to be a killjoy here or anything.

Anyway, since they’re cards from the late 80s and early 90s that $.99-5.99 valuation seems crazy high, but we’ll go with that for now.

Enjoy your crazy-valuable cache of Steve Searcy “Future Star” cards, friends.

Joe Girardi, Fredi Gonzalez both show home plate umps where the batters box is

Fredi Gonzalez Doug Eddings

Both Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez got tossed from their respective games last night for arguing balls and strikes. And each of them, when arguing, took it upon themselves to show the home plate up where the batter’s box was via sweeping gestures.

Here’s a link to Girardi’s ejection. Here’s Gonzalez’s.

I don’t necessarily think the managers had a good case on the actual pitch call dispute in either instance, but at least with respect to Gonzalez’s ejection, the umpire seemed to be wrong in more significant ways.

Gonzalez’s is notable in that he was merely barking under his breath from the dugout as many manager do. Except umpire Doug Eddings decided to bark back at Gonzalez and make a big show about it because his ego was ruffled. You’ll also recall that Eddings amped up a confrontation with Brook Jacoby earlier this season. Longtime Braves fans will also remember how Eddings and then-Braves catcher Johnny Estrada got into it ten years ago, again, because Eddings decided to be an aggressor.

But hey, at least he knows where the strike zone is now. So I’m sure he’ll never have cause to get into it with players and managers again.