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Chris Young takes a job under Joe Torre in the league office

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Chris Young — the pitcher — was released by the Padres at the end of spring training. That looked like the end of the baseball line for the 38-year-old. And it was, but only on the playing side. He just took a job in the league office.

Major League Baseball just announced that it has appointed Young as Vice President, On-Field Operations, Initiatives & Strategy.  Young will work under MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre and will report directly to Senior Vice President, On-Field Operations Peter Woodfork, this Monday.

Per the league’s news release, Young will work with MLB’s Baseball Operations and Umpiring Operations Departments on issues affecting play on the field, including the application of playing rules and regulations, on-field standards and discipline, pace of play and other special projects.  Among his duties: ensuring that ballpark and field alterations meet MLB standards; working on MLB’s pace of play and game presentation initiatives; advising on on-field disciplinary issues; assisting with negotiations with umpires, players and Minor League Baseball; participating in issues regarding player safety, on-field equipment and wearable technology; and having a role in official scoring reviews submitted to MLB.

In the short term, this announcement means that Young’s 13-year playing career is over. He finishes it with a record of 79-67, a 3.95 ERA (103 ERA+) and a K/BB ratio of 1,062/502 in 1,297.2 innings across 271 games, 221 of which were starts. He appeared with the Padres, Royals, Mets, Rangers and Mariners.

As far as the longer-term implications, Young, a Princeton graduate, is getting involved in league operations at a relatively young age as far as these things go, in what sounds like a more substantive job that a lot of ex-players land. If he finds this work to his liking, he could be a pretty important figure in the game someday.

Fox, MLB sign broadcast rights extension through 2028

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FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.

While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.

UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:

For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.

FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.