Getty Images

Nationals transfer team control from Ted Lerner to Mark Lerner

7 Comments

This is probably not going to result in any major changes with the Washington Nationals, but it’s worth noting today that Major League Baseball approved a change of ownership from Ted Lerner to his son Mark Lerner.

Mark Lerner, of course, has had a large hand in running the Nationals for years, but in baseball, each team has a designated “control person” who is officially listed as the team’s owner and who casts the team’s vote in league-wide decisions. Until this morning that had been Ted, who is now 92 years-old. Mark Lerner is 64. For what it’s worth, Mark told the Washington Post today that Washington Nationals decisions have long been family decisions and that “I don’t think you’ll see much difference in the way Dad and the family running it vs. myself and the family.”

The biggest decision facing the Nationals in the coming months is going to involve whether to offer — and how much to offer — Bryce Harper when he hits free agency, of course.

Video: Clint Frazier loses go-ahead home run to Tropicana Field speaker

David Maxwell/Getty Images
3 Comments

Yankees pinch-hitter Clint Frazier hit what appeared to be a go-ahead solo home run off of Vidal Nuño in the top of the ninth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays. Tropicana Field had other ideas. The ball struck a speaker hanging from the ceiling, then was caught in shallow left field by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

That’s a tough break.

The Yankees went on to lose 7-6 when Jake Bauers hit a walk-off solo home run off of Chasen Shreve in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Rays swept the Yankees in their three-game home series over the weekend. They’re still 14 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, however.