Yankees sign Manny Delcarmen to minor-league deal

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Manny Delcarmen didn’t pitch in the majors last year, spending the entire season at Triple-A, and now the 29-year-old reliever will try to make it back to the big leagues with the Yankees.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Delcarmen has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, where he’ll try to win a middle relief job.

Delcarmen was an excellent setup man for the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008, but his velocity and strikeout totals dipped after that and he has a combined 4.74 ERA and 82/66 K/BB ratio in 112 innings since. And that doesn’t include last season’s ugly 5.59 ERA in 39 innings at Triple-A.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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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.