Danny Farquhar to remain in hospital for three weeks

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As you no doubt heard, White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar was rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage on Friday. He underwent brain surgery Saturday night to relieve swelling and remained in the ICU unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as of yesterday. He’s in critical, but stable condition.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Farquhar is expected to remain in the hospital for at least the next three weeks. His family is by his side and Nightengale describes them as “shaken, but cautiously optimistic.”

Nightengale notes that former big leaguers John Olerud and Kent Mercker suffered hemorrhages, Olerud as a college player, Mercker while a big leaguer, and each continued to play. It’s obviously far too early to know whether Farquhar will ever play again and that’s not the most important thing to him right now, of course.

On Saturday and Sunday  the White Sox hung his jersey up in the bullpen and many wrote his number and initials on their caps.

Best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.