Dodger Stadium is the most vegetarian-friendly ballpark in the majors


The last post was about environmentalism. This post: vegetarianism. You know, if I’m not careful I may give people the impression that this blog has something of a liberal bent!

Anyway, is it does annually, PETA has released its list of the ten most vegetarian-friendly ballparks. The top: Dodger Stadium, which didn’t even make the top ten last year. Second place, Philly, which always does well in this. For whatever reason AT&T Park, which topped the list last year, is sixth this year. All I can think is that there was some “Soylent Green,” and/or Barth “What do you think is IN the burgers?” situation going on in San Francisco, radically changing things.

But no matter where they rank specifically, we should all agree that it’s great the ballparks are increasingly offering different food options, be they vegetarian for the non-carnivores among us, gluten free options for those with celiac disease and any number of options and promotions for those with peanut allergies and the like. Because while hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack is what most of want at the old ballgame, not everyone does. And it’s great that there are choices for them too.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.