Uber to give longtime Braves usher free rides to the new ballpark

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Walter Banks has been an usher for the Atlanta Braves since the team moved into Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1966. Last summer, however, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Banks would likely not be able to continue to do the job that he loves because of the Braves move to their new park in the suburbs. Banks does not drive, you see, and SunTrust Park is not accessible via public transportation.

Never fear, Uber and the Braves are here. The club and the ride share service have partnered up to give Banks free rides to SunTrust Park so he can continue his usher gig.

They’ve also partnered up, obviously, to get some good publicity and free advertising, but we’ll let that slide in exchange for helping a Braves institution continue being a Braves institution.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.