County Republican Party opposes Rangers new taxpayer-funded ballpark

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Ballpark finance politics often create a bit of a bizarro situation in which flaming pinkos like me end up sounding like hardcore anti-government spending types while, often, such as in Cobb County, Georgia, the self-proclaimed conservatives seem to love coming out in favor of government largesse.

It’s really not that bizarro, though. We pinkos don’t think that the money shouldn’t be spent on ballparks due to some philosophical opposition to government spending in general. We’re pretty cool with many categories of government spending. Just not the “give hundreds of millions to billionaires so they can make more money” spending. We want it spent on helping the poor, for education, for social services and the construction of socialist reeducation camps so that our children can learn GoodThink. Meanwhile, conservatives have always been in favor of big spending as long as it benefits business interests and people who vote for conservatives. It’s complicated!

Whatever you think about all of that, it certainly is news when part of the local power structure, be it left or right, opposes a big stadium project. Politicians of all parties love those things! But not if they’re Republicans in Arlington, Texas. At least not if they want the support of their party this fall:

Opponents of the proposed $1 billion retractable-roof stadium to replace Globe Life Park in Arlington as home of the Texas Rangers have gained a new ally as Election Day nears.

The Tarrant County Republican Party approved a resolution Thursday night opposing the city of Arlington’s commitment to pay up to $500 million toward the project using public financing.

The resolution recites part of the party’s platform: “We oppose all bailouts of domestic and foreign government entities, states and all businesses, public and private. We oppose local government handouts to businesses and other private entities in the name of economic development.”

On November 8, Tarrant County voters will vote on the ballpark financing plan. Kudos to the Tarrant County Republican Party for taking a rare stand against this sort of thing.

(h/t to Babe Ruth’s Legs)

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.