Well, this is a strange one, though it may prove to be a creative way to raise awareness for prostate cancer. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Andy Milovich, GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (the Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers), has offered to have a prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in front of an entire stadium of fans if the Facebook page of a 10-year-old cancer patient gets 10,000 likes by the start of Thursday’s game.
The Pelicans were already promoting prostate cancer awareness for Thursday’s game against the Frederick Keys with a foam finger giveaway to the first 1,000 fans to show up to the ballpark. Suffice it to say that Milovich’s stunt may encourage more fans to show up. We’ll certainly be talking about it and waiting for video — or perhaps just audio only — of the song performance.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.