Great Moments in Independent League promotions

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You see this kind of stuff from independent and low-minor league teams all the time: an offer to sign some monster free agent from a major league — regardless of the sport.  After making fantastically awesome sandwiches, this may be the top promotion of the bush leagues

In this case it’s the Lake Erie Crushers of the independent frontier League who have offered to sign LeBron James:

The Lake Erie Crushers plan to offer James a
maximum contract under Frontier League rules on “Keep LBJ in the C-L-E
Night” next week. The team said the contract is worth $1,600 a month and
will include a host family so the NBA superstar won’t have the “stress
of a potential commute” from the Akron.” Also available will be a luxury suite.

The Crushers will wear
Cavaliers-themed jerseys June 30 and each player will wear No. 6 to
honor James’ switch from No. 23. The team is renaming its park LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium for the game. Anyone named LeBron gets
free tickets.

Whatever. The way I see it, LeBron James need the Crushers more than they need him.  After all, the Crushers won the Frontier League championship last year.  Last I checked, James is still looking for a title . . .

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”