Three groups in the final running to buy the Padres for $800 million

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that there are three parties left in the running to buy the Padres:

  • Gary Jabara, the founder of a Newport Beach wireless communications company;
  • Steve Kaplan, principal at Oaktree Capital in Los Angeles; and
  • Peter O’Malley, former owner of the Dodgers.

More so than the owners’ identities, however, I am interested in the reported sales price: $800 million. Arte Moreno bought the Angels for $180 million ten years ago. The Cubs more recently sold for around $800 million.  Now the Padres, a less-successful franchise with a smaller fan base in a smaller town than either of those two teams is about to be sold for that amount the Cubs went for.

The mind kind of reels, no?

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.