Doc Gooden charged with DWI, child endangerment

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Gooden mugshot.jpgNot less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with:

  • Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance;
  • Endangering the welfare
    of a child;
  • DWI with a child passenger;
  • Leaving the scene of a motor
    vehicle accident;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Failure to keep right; and
  • Failure to
    notify change of address regarding driver’s license

You’d think the first six charges were enough without that address beef, but if I saw that a guy was driving his kids around while on drugs I’d spend hours in the law library looking for new and outrageously punitive things with which to charge him.

As I sit here right now I’m struggling to think of someone who has wasted his life and the second, third, fourth and fifth chances (and then some) he was given than Dwight Gooden has.  Maybe there’s one or two, I don’t know. I do know, though, that Stephen Strasburg should take any advice Doc Gooden has for him and do pretty much the exact opposite.

Minor League Baseball had its worst attendance in 14 years

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Baseball American reports today that total attendance at minor league baseball games reached a 14-year low in 2018. Total attendance was 40,450,337. That’s a drop of 1,382,027 fans compared to last season.

Around a third of that drop is attributable to fewer scheduled games but, as Baseball America notes, even when you go to average attendance per game, there was a sharp drop off this season. BA suggests that this represents a leveling off after over a decade’s worth of large increases in minor league attendance. Which sound pretty plausible. Overall, attendance numbers are still massively above where they were 15-20 years ago, so this seems more like a correction than a real problem. The BA article goes into some good analysis of the decline.

All of that said, revenues are up for the minors, in large part because of merchandise sales and because minor league ballparks have a lot more amenities and better concessions than they used to have and fans are willing to pay for them.