Chavez and Ravin played at Chavez Ravine last night

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Dodger Stadium sits in a canyon called Chavez Ravine. As such, it is often said, by way of variety, that Dodgers games take place at Chavez Ravine instead of “Dodger Stadium.” It’s nice local color.

The place his been a ballpark for 54 years. Last night, however, was a first. Chavez and Ravin playing at Chavez Ravine. Specifically, pitchers Jesse Chavez and Josh Ravin both appearing in a game. They did so in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively:

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In other news, you should read up on the history of Chavez Ravine some time. Short version: it was home to a vibrant Mexican-American community until the 1950s, when the city demolished it in order to build public housing. The housing was never built, however, due to shifting political winds and the fear that public housing was too socialist for Southern California. Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, coming in from Brooklyn, swooped in and, after a vote, was able to purchase the land to build Dodger Stadium. But not before a lot of landowners there were basically snookered with respect to the value of their homes in a multi-year saga.

In other news, Ry Cooder recorded a great concept album about all of that called, appropriately enough, “Chavez Ravine.” Here’s one of the songs off of it, “Third Base, Dodger Stadium”:

 

(h/t to Cut4)

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.