Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died

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Jose Grasso of FinanzasDigital.com is reporting that Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. The Mariners have confirmed the report, via MLB.com’s Greg Johns.

Sanchez was hit by a boat off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela in February and was placed in intensive care due to a fractured skull and a hematoma, which caused a stroke. Sanchez then went into a coma.

Sanchez had spent three years in the Mariners’ minor league system, reaching Double-A for the first time at 19 years old last year. He compiled a 4.19 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 34 walks in 124 2/3 innings with the Jackson Generals.

We at HardballTalk send our condolences to Sanchez’s family and friends, as well as the Mariners organization.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.