Wanna live in a ballpark?

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The Toronto Blue Jays’ single-A affiliate, the Lansing Lugnuts,want to add  100 residential units just beyond the outfield wall as part of a stadium renovation:

By 2016, people might be living at Lansing’s minor league ballpark.

As many as 100 new apartments could be built in the outfield of Cooley Law School Stadium as part of a top-to-bottom makeover planned for the park over the next two years that would rebuild the field, dugouts, locker rooms and scoreboard.

The article has a slide show with additional artist’s renderings of what it’ll be like as well as information about how it will be paid for. You’ll be shocked to learn that the city, under the current proposal, is on the hook for half the cost. Which while not ideal at least goes toward urban development that is not exclusively aimed at the ballpark. I mean, people will move in to this place and that’ll actually be an economic benefit. As opposed to the mostly illusory benefits ballpark proposals usually promise.

I’m surprised you don’t see more of this actually, but I suppose ballpark owners don’t want to give away the product for free.

Giants nearing deal with Cameron Maybin

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The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.

Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.

The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.

In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.