According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday.
Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5.
By the way, this isn’t something out of the ordinary for the outspoken southpaw. He has competed in various independent leagues in New England and Canada since his major league career came to an end in 1982. Lee, of course, compiled a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA over 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox and Expos.
Most of Lee’s career came before I was even born, but he’s always been a fascinating personality to me, transcending the sport of baseball. I’d recommend watching this documentary, “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey,” if you haven’t seen it already.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.