New York City banned tobacco products from sporting events at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, as the New York City Council approved legislation with a 44-3 vote, per Tim Rohan of The New York Times. The Mets and Yankees expressed support for the legislation last month.
Rohan notes that, along with New York City and Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston have also implemented similar bans.
When Chicago approved legislation banning tobacco products at sporting events last week, Cubs manager Joe Maddon voiced his displeasure, saying, “I’m not into over-legislating the human race.” He also mentioned that he is happy he stopped using chewing tobacco.
There was some thought that Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would soon be activated from the injured list. Stanton has been out since the beginning of April due to biceps and shoulder injuries. It will be a little while longer.
The Yankees announced on Wednesday that Stanton’s rehab has been halted due to tightness in his left calf. Stanton was scratched from Tuesday’s rehab game with High-A Tampa due to tightness around his left calf and knee, so this news didn’t pop up out of nowhere.
Stanton recorded a pair of singles and seven walks in 15 trips to the plate in the only three games he played this season, all against the Orioles. Durability has always been a concern for the 29-year-old, but he managed to play in 159 games for the Marlins in 2017 and 158 for the Yankees last year. He’s in the fifth year of a 13-year, $325 million contract originally signed with the Marlins.