Wanna buy Alfonso Soriano’s condo?

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Alfonso Soriano is putting his Chicago condo on the market two months after being traded from the Cubs to the Yankees.

Some details, via Charlie Roumeliotis of CSNChicago.com:

The newly-acquired Yankee has put up his three-bedroom, 3,838-square-foot condominium in River North for $2.95 million. He purchased the penthouse for $2.65 million in December of 2006, a month after he inked an eight-year, $136 million deal with the Cubs.

The luxurious 44th-floor unit at The Pinnacle features a marble entryway, a kitchen with a granite island, a built-in surround system, a 150-square-foot terrace, a wine cellar, a master suite and two additional en-suite bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, two large his-or-hers walk-in closets, two parking spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views to the east, south, and west.

I love that “a kitchen with a granite island” is a selling point for a $2.95 million place.

MLB calls umpire union statement about Manny Machado discipline “inappropriate”

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Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.

This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:

“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline.  Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires.  We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”

That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.