Sure, it’s only 40 percent of what the Dodgers sold for, but $800 million isn’t bad.
The Padres sale to Peter O’Malley’s group was completed Monday, pending league approval that could come during the Aug. 16 owners meetings.
O’Malley is settling for the Padres after coming up short in his attempt to re-buy the Dodgers earlier this year. Among his investors is golfer Phil Mickelson, but it’s expected to be primarily a family-run team by Peter, his sons Kevin and Brian O’Malley and his nephews Peter and Tom Seidley.
Approval of the sale figures to go down without a hitch, as commissioner Bud Selig publicly endorsed the bid last month. Of course, the Padres’ first sale to agent Jeff Moorad didn’t go so smoothly. It proved to be a boon for current owner John Moores, though, as the new sale price is much higher than the previous $500 million figure.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.