MLB, Atlantic League announce three-year partnership to test experimental rules and equipment

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Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League announced on Tuesday that the two sides have reached a three-year agreement that will allow MLB to test experimental playing rules and equipment during the Atlantic League’s Championship Season. The announcement also notes that MLB will install radar tracking technology in eight ballparks and provide statistical services to Atlantic League clubs.

As the term “independent” indicates, the Atlantic League operates separately from Major League Baseball. That MLB will have influence on the league’s rules and equipment choices as well as access to data is a pretty big deal. It was only recently that MLB even acknowledged that independent leagues existed.

The Atlantic League is essentially a baseball laboratory for MLB, not unlike the Arizona Fall League. It’s not known yet exactly what kind of rules MLB plans to test and at what frequency, but it will be interesting to watch. One wonders if this will make life more difficult for the players, who are paid less than minor leaguers.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.