The Red Sox have a “sleep room” and use sleep study research to optimize player performance

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The Red Sox played at 11AM yesterday morning after an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game the night before. As a marquee team they have a lot more night games on getaway days than other teams and thus get less rest than other teams do too. Of course, this is all just a matter of degree. All major league players are subject to some weird hours that don’t flow naturally with one’s body clock.

Boston has done something about it. John Farrell was on SiriusXM/MLB Network Radio today with Mike Ferrin and Kevin Kennedy and they had an interesting discussion about the team doing sleep studies, and building a “sleep room,” to better help players with rest and keeping their energy level up. Give a listen:

Hey, when you ban greenies, you gotta do something.

Seriously, though. Very cool comments from Farrell and a cool idea by the Red Sox.

Any edge you can get.

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.