Donald Trump: jerky sixth-grade power hitter

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Donald Trump isn’t having a great day.

On the morning when the United Kingdom and the world is reeling from the shocking and implication-heavy Brexit vote, Trump is in Scotland (a) fundamentally misunderstanding how people in Scotland feel about it all; (b) acting as if the event has no bearing on the world or foreign relations; and (c) talking about how, whatever this amounts to, all of this financial and political turmoil will be great for his golf resort.

Take that for what you will, but I’ll look at it optimistically. I mean, that Trump is manifestly unqualified and unsuitable for the office of the Presidency is something most people already agree on. Kudos to him, however, for continuing to make that case in an effort win over the remaining holdouts with respect to that point.

In other news, we do have some baseball-related Trump stuff. Yesterday the Washington Post produced a huge feature on Trump the man and Trump the boy. Part of that involved his youth baseball prowess, which has been said by many to have been pretty considerable. So considerable that the sixth graders in 1950s New York were giving him the David Ortiz treatment:

By sixth grade, Donald’s power as a right-handed hitter was enough that fielders shifted to left field when he batted. “If he had hit the ball to right, he could’ve had a home run because no one was there,” said Nicholas Kass, a schoolmate. “But he always wanted to hit the ball through people. He wanted to overpower them.”

My feelings about Trump notwithstanding, I’m with The Young Donald here. Shifts take away singles, not dingers and doubles to the gap. Maybe you try to push one past the pitcher and over toward second base to keep them honest on occasion, but play your game, not theirs. Hit the ball over the head of the shifted defense and tell them where to stick that noise.

Not that everything he did in baseball was laudable:

A catcher, Trump’s uniform was often the dirtiest on the field, and he shrugged off foul balls clanging off his mask. After once making an out, Donald smashed neighbor Jeff Bier’s Adirondack bat on the pavement. The bat cracked, Bier said, but Trump did not apologize.

I can imagine a 12 year-old Trump promising that he’d break Jeff Bier’s bat and make HIM pay for it, all to the whooping of an adoring crowd. When asked why he’d do that, he’d point to his batting average, say that he was very successful and that should be enough of a justification for anything he says and does.

No lease extension, but O’s and governor tout partnership

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The Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced a joint commitment to what they called a “multi-decade, public-private partnership” to revitalize the Camden Yards sports complex.

The statement from the team and the state’s new governor came Wednesday, the deadline for the Orioles to exercise a one-time, five-year extension to their lease at Camden Yards. The team was not planning to exercise that option, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club hadn’t announced its decision.

With no extension, the lease is set to expire at the end of this year, but the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority can keep negotiating. Wednesday’s joint release seemed to be an attempt to calm any nerves in Baltimore about the team’s future.

“I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Governor Moore, his administration, and the Maryland Stadium Authority in order to bring to Baltimore the modern, sustainable, and electrifying sports and entertainment destination the state of Maryland deserves,” Orioles CEO John Angelos said.

“We greatly appreciate Governor Moore’s vision and commitment as we seize the tremendous opportunity to redefine the paradigm of what a Major League Baseball venue represents and thereby revitalize downtown Baltimore. It is my hope and expectation that, together with Governor Moore and the new members and new chairman of the MSA board, we can again fully realize the potential of Camden Yards to serve as a catalyst for Baltimore’s second renaissance.”

Republican Larry Hogan, the state’s previous governor, signed a bill last year increasing bond authorization for M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and Camden Yards. The measure allowed borrowing of up to $600 million for each stadium.

“When Camden Yards opened 30 years ago, the Baltimore Orioles revolutionized baseball and set the bar for the fan experience,” Moore, a Democrat, said Wednesday. “We share the commitment of the Orioles organization to ensuring that the team is playing in a world-class facility at Camden Yards for decades to come and are excited to advance our public-private partnership.”

Angelos recently reaffirmed that the Orioles would stay in Baltimore, although he dressed down a reporter who asked for more clarity on the future of the team’s ownership situation. Angelos was sued last year by his brother Lou, who claimed John Angelos seized control of the Orioles at his expense.