Ichiro to be the Mariners’ bench coach for a couple of games

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The Mariners play the Tigers in Detroit this weekend, but they’ll be without manager Scott Servais tonight and tomorrow because he’ll be attending his daughter’s graduation. That means bench coach Manny Acta will be filling in as the manager. Filling in as the bench coach? Ichiro.

Kyodo News reports that, while eager, Ichiro isn’t exactly aware of what he’ll be doing in the role:

Suzuki, who intends to resume his playing career next season, watches games on TV from a room behind the dugout and hits off a tee to stay sharp. He said he is not aware of his duties as coach, but appeared excited.

“I was only able to watch (the games) on TV. The view is different from the dugout,” he said. “I have no idea (what I’ll be doing). I might make out the lineup card, but other than that, I don’t know.”

Just watch “The Natural,” Ichiro, and do whatever Richard Farnsworth did. Take Kyle Seager out for a steak or something.

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.