Astros’ farewell gifts to Derek Jeter: golf clubs, cowboy hat, and a pair of pinstriped boots

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Like Chipper Jones and Mariano Rivera before him, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is going to receive gifts at every road park he visits during his farewell season. First up is Houston:

Not a bad haul, though you would have to assume that a guy like Jeter already has a pretty nice set of custom golf clubs. And a massive closet full of all sorts of different shoes. And even a cowboy hat or two.

Here’s video of Wednesday night’s ceremony from CSN Houston:

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.