Only 25,000 or so people bought tickets to see Roy Halladay throw a perfect game against the Marlins down in Miami on Saturday night. That left thousands of unsold tickets to the game. Which the Marlins are now going to sell on the team website starting tomorrow.
Nice little collectible of a historic event. Also a nice way to lie to your friends a few years from now when you tell them you were at the game.
The real question, though: will the Marlins print up more of these things than the actual remaining seating capacity of that ballpark of theirs? Why not? If you’re gonna aid and abet fraud, may as well go all-in with it!
Major League Baseball just announced that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to the ankle injury sustained by Gio Gonzalez: right-handed pitcher Zach Davies will take his place. In accordance with league rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return if the Brewers make it to the World Series.
That rule is designed to prevent roster gamesmanship such as having a pitcher fake an injury after he’s done being used in an effort to give a team a fresh arm in a short series. A second layer on that is an independent consult with the league, which may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In this case, Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed Gonzalez’s injury after communicating with the Brewers’ evaluating physician. Not that anyone can really suggest that Gonzalez was faking. The dude’s ankle went sideways.
That being said, this is a benefit to the Brewers at least for the short term. Davies did not have a fantastic season, going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts and failing to make the Brewers’ initial postseason roster, but he is fresh — he hasn’t pitched since September 28 — which could prove very useful for Craig Counsell and the Brewers after last night’s 13-inning game.