Angel Hernandez, Umpire, was instrumental in Cleveland’s victory over Oakland yesterday, somehow missing a call even with the help of replay that would have shown that Oakland’s Adam Rosales had hit a game-tying HR in the 9th inning.
But, instead, he declared that it was not a home run, and the Athletics ended up losing the game. And, what’s more, the Indians won thanks to Angel Hernandez!
(Note: The above is a joke, the actual MVP of Yesterday is Evan Longoria, who went 3-4 with a HR and 3 RBIs in a win against Toronto.)
MVP Standings (as always) are under the jump:
Two things caught my eye this morning, and while on first glance you would think they aren’t related, in fact they may be tied together.
The first is an article by Jeff Passan on how the money involved with regional sports network deals, such as the one the Dodgers are expected to take that will be between $6 and $7 billion dollars, are going to widen the gap between the rich and poor in baseball.
The second is the news that Evan Longoria has signed a $100 million dollar extension with Tampa that will keep him with the team until as late as 2023, depending on options.
How are these connected? Well, in a word, the events of the first article will probably lead to us seeing more deals like the Longoria deal of the second article.
Consider: the bubble of money that Regional Sports Networks will bring the big market teams- amounts of money that not even revenue sharing will dent all of that much- will make it extremely hard for teams to keep top free agents from leaving. A team like Tampa will just simply be unable to outbid, even on a good day, one of the top markets. While of course there will be some exceptions such as “hometown discounts” and big markets botching negotiations, the fact is that the best way for a smaller market to keep talent will be to make sure that they never leave in the first place. The way to do that? Sign them up early, and sign them up often.
Longoria, for example, had already been signed to a contract extension early in his career, before he became his MVP self. That was a deal extremely kind to the Rays. This second deal is more in line with Longoria’s value, but is also good for the Rays (at least in the short-term), since it means that he won’t be leaving.
Longoria’s deal is just the latest in what has become a trend… but expect it to become the norm as time goes on.
So, I was at the ballpark last night. Evan Longoria was in town with Durham on a rehab assignment- having injured his hamstring earlier in the year. I’ve seen him before in the big leagues, but the chance to see a ballplayer on a rehab assignment in the minors is something you should never pass up: you can see them far closer for far cheaper. Why, you can get close enough to realize they have begun growing more facial hair.
Good thing I went last night, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen him at all.