Hak-Ju Lee diagnosed with torn ligaments in left knee

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays infield prospect Hak-Ju Lee suffered torn ligaments in his left knee Saturday at Triple-A Durham during an ugly collision at the second base bag. He will probably be shut down for the season.

Lee, a native of Jeonju, South Korea, was batting .422/.536/.600 with a home run, seven RBI and six steals through his first 15 games at the Triple-A level. The 22-year-old ranked 90th on Baseball America‘s ranking of the top 100 prospects this past winter.

He ranked 44th heading into the 2012 season.

The Rays acquired Lee from the Cubs in January 2011 as part of the Matt Garza trade.

Report: Mariners enter into a ballpark naming rights deal with T-Mobile

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Maury Brown of Forbes reports that T-Mobile will be the new naming rights partner for the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark beginning in 2019. Their park had been known as Safeco Field since it first opened in the summer of 1999. The 20-year naming rights deal with Safeco ended with the close of the 2018 season.

Brown reports that the deal will be around $3 million a year, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot. Then again, I have long been skeptical of how much naming rights actually bring back to the naming rights partner. That’s especially true when the partner is slapping its name on a ballpark that was known as something else beforehand. People tend to still use the old name and, I suspect, resent the new one a bit. Maybe that’s less the case when the park has only been known by corporate names, and no beloved traditional name is being displaced, but I still question if anyone really makes a single purchasing decision based on the name of a ballpark.

I know this much for sure, though: despite the relatively small cost of naming rights here, none of the most notable Seattle-based companies — which include Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Costco and Alaska Airlines — felt it was worth it. Possibly because they know people are gonna call the place “Safeco” for several years regardless.