I told you to sit still, old man.
Opening night would’ve been a complete success if it hadn’t been derailed off the bat, by the depressing sight of frail and enfeebled Muhammad Ali appearance for the first pitch. The Champ shook violently throughout the ceremony, and the stunned crowd could barely bring themselves to cheer.
Jeffrey Loria has shown himself to be a ruthless profiteer many times over, but the selection of Ali was poorly thought out, at best, and totally shameless at worst. Of course it take’s two to tango. Ali’s people could’ve easily said ‘no’ to the request. It makes you wonder who’s calling the shots in his camp.
Either way, it was an upsetting way to restart baseball, as well as the Marlins franchise.
Rumors are swirling that second baseman Ian Kinsler is negotiating a 6-year deal with the Texas Rangers. According to Ken Ronsethal, it is for a slightly higher average annual salary than Dan Uggla’s $12.4 million per season. That would make the contract an estimated 6 years and $80 million.
The one hold up is that Kinsler is apparently worried that Cano’s deal with the Yankees will be much higher than the $14 million per year that’s on the table from the Rangers.
Cano is likely to get at least $18 million per year but, considering Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s long-standing policy of letting his players hit free-agency, Kinsler might have to wait two years to find out.
Does this contract say $200 Million? I cant believe my eyes!
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is on the verge of signing the largest contract in franchise history.
The extension is rumored to be in the $200 million dollar range.
With Matt Cain also re-upping earlier, it doesn’t seem teams are saving much money locking up their young stars early. Still, the respective fan-bases have to be thrilled to see their homegrown talent signing up long-term.
We’ll keep you updated on the final numbers.
Update: USA Today is reporting the deal is 10 yrs and 225 million. Wow.
I smell money.
It looks like Matt Cain isn’t going anywhere this offseason.
San Fran locked up the big righty for another five (potentially six) years for $112.5 million. This deal should work out slightly better than Barry Zito’s. With a rotation anchored by Cain, Lincecum, and young gun, Madison Bumgarner, things are looking pretty nice by the Bay.
Not sure why you guys keep asking. My shoulder feels fine!
The $137.5 million dollar man, Johan Santana will get the opening day start for the New York Mets.
Santana, who last pitched a major league game Sept 2, 2010, had a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. His road back to health has been long and tedious for him, and I’m sure for many Mets fans.
The rebuilding Mets would love a strong first half of the season so they could entertain trade offers for him at the deadline.
There's always parking at Jiffy Park
The Marlins new stadium in Miami is causing a stir for more than just the stupid “dancing statue” in center field.
The issue at hand is whether or not the Marlins should pay for the construction of parking lots for residents to use on game days. Neither the city, nor Fish ownership feel that they should foot the bill.