Josh Hamilton banged up again

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josh hamilton headshot rangers.jpgIf it wasn’t for bad luck Josh Hamilton wouldn’t have no luck at all:

Hamilton was diagnosed with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit
by a pitch Monday night in a Cactus League game against the San
Francisco Giants. Preliminary X-rays were negative and he will be
re-evaluated Tuesday.

“Somebody is after me,” said Hamilton, who had to deal with a bruised
left shoulder earlier this spring. “Watch out, boys, don’t stand too
close to me.”

Add this to the banged up shoulder from a couple of weeks ago and his back, groin, and rib injuries from 2009.

Perhaps if he were to return the tiki idol he found to the Hawaiian burial grounds the tabu would be broken.  In the meantime, Josh, for God’s sake, don’t go surfing.

Report: Mariners enter into a ballpark naming rights deal with T-Mobile

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Maury Brown of Forbes reports that T-Mobile will be the new naming rights partner for the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark beginning in 2019. Their park had been known as Safeco Field since it first opened in the summer of 1999. The 20-year naming rights deal with Safeco ended with the close of the 2018 season.

Brown reports that the deal will be around $3 million a year, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot. Then again, I have long been skeptical of how much naming rights actually bring back to the naming rights partner. That’s especially true when the partner is slapping its name on a ballpark that was known as something else beforehand. People tend to still use the old name and, I suspect, resent the new one a bit. Maybe that’s less the case when the park has only been known by corporate names, and no beloved traditional name is being displaced, but I still question if anyone really makes a single purchasing decision based on the name of a ballpark.

I know this much for sure, though: despite the relatively small cost of naming rights here, none of the most notable Seattle-based companies — which include Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Costco and Alaska Airlines — felt it was worth it. Possibly because they know people are gonna call the place “Safeco” for several years regardless.