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Orioles' Means Throws MLB's 3rd No-Hitter of Season, Tops Mariners 6-0
"John means toss the third no hitter of the twenty twenty one Major League Baseball season as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners six to nothing it's such a crazy feeling it's such a a whirlwind of of an experience and I don't think I've you know been able to process it yet means struck out twelve and did not issue a single walk it was the first no hitter for the oral since a combined no hitter in nineteen ninety one and the first complete game no hitter since hall of Famer Jim Palmer in nineteen sixty nine to be in the same breath this is Palmer I don't think that it gets much better than that means faced the minimum twenty seven batters the only Myrna baserunner reached in the third inning on a wild pitch phony struck out but he was thrown out attempting to steal second base Jim Bernard Seattle
MLB Says 9 Teams Reach 85% Vaccination Rate
"And Major League Baseball says nine teams have had 85% of players, coaches and others with tear one axis. Received their final dose of the vaccine, allowing those clubs to ease some health and safety protocols before those teams have already begun relaxing them after 85% of the individuals reached full
When Is a No-Hitter Not a No-Hitter?
"Mark. Fine san of mlb dot com joins us. Now we are baseball loaded. If you listen to wilpon you know how much he enjoyed the san diego. La dodger series. And i will certainly talk about that. But i think above all else is the madison bumgarner circumstance. Madison bumgarner threw a seven inning. No hitter yesterday. And the reason he didn't throw a nine in no hitter is because it was a seven inning doubleheader as per the new baseball rules. My question is if baseball makes a rule that doubleheaders will be seven innings in certain circumstances. And you can't go nine. Is that a no hitter. Because that's the official game. Is that a no hitter. Well the elias. Sports bureau says no. They're the ones who make these decisions. for major league baseball you know if a guy throws a no hitter in the game gift suspended or cancelled for rain and the game is an official game at five innings That a no hitter. That's also been ruled as a no so You know. I unfortunately for baumgartner that he won't go in the history books as having a no hitter Would have been the first of his career But you know who cares right. I mean these are these are these are little things that You know madison. Bumgarner is not gonna need this no hitter to cement his reputation. I'm pretty sure what he did. In the world series is going to be what we remember him for whether he throws four no hitters from here to the end of his career.
Therapy Bunny at Ballpark Brings Smiles and Is Instant Hit
"Even the announcers notice the bunny it's not small either that's a big fella tape from Major League Baseball the big golden color therapy bunny named Alex was at the giants game with owner K. Kato and Josh Rowe yeah Kato lost her brewery restaurant during the pandemic she tells the AP the big body helps her deal with the anxiety and the stress of no longer having our main source of income and fulfillment Alex also helps others he's a lions club international ambassador Alex has become an instant Twitter sensation I'm at Donahue
Carlos Rodón Reflects on Near Perfect Game, No-Hitter
"Time in five days. We've got a no hitter in Major League baseball. Carlos rode on of the Chicago White Sox Does it tonight. Against the Cleveland Indians and ate nothing win for the White Sox and a tremendous performance for a dad who took a perfect game into the ninth. He's come back from elbow and shoulder surgeries. Had that perfect game going into the ninth. He lost it with one out when he hit Roberto Perez with a pitch on Perez, his foot. Still, he got the 20th no hitter in White Sox history and Hard to imagine for him afterward. All the hard work finally paying off a lot of work. Ah, lot of people. A lot of help. Um, went into this to come back, and I'm just I'm just happy. I'm happy. I'm here again. It's
Will Smith Movie Pulls Out of Georgia Over New Voting Law
"You're listening to NPR news. Good morning from Whv News in Atlanta. I'm Lisa Ray. Um, The filmmakers of a movie about a runaway slave during the Civil War have decided not to film in Georgia this summer because of the state's new voting law, The movie star Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua said in a statement. The Republican back law is designed to restrict voter access. This comes 10. Days after Major league Baseball moved its All Star game out of Georgia for the same reason. Governor Cam derided baseball's decision yesterday when he spoke to the Cop County Chamber of Commerce. And I want you to know that I've spent the last two weeks on the road and in more than 60 interviews standing up for our business community. Letting the world know just how
Major League Ump Wins Defamation Suit Against Former Mets Catcher
"Major league baseball umpire. Joe west has been awarded. Five hundred thousand dollars in a defamation lawsuit against former player paula. Duca he sued the duca in two thousand nineteen after ladoga set on a podcast. That former new york. Mets teammate pitcher. Billy wagner bribed west into giving him a bigger strike zone by supposedly letting him use his vintage chevrolet. Car
MLB All-Star Game Reportedly Moving to Denver
"Francisco. The governor of Georgia is stepping up his attack on Major League Baseball days after the league announced it was moving this year's All Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Baseball officials say the decision was in response to a newly passed state law, which critics say will suppress black and minority voters. Republican Governor Brian Kemp says the move will only hurt minority owned businesses, especially those near the stadium that have gotten hit. Covert 19. Now they're getting hit by decision that they had no control over. And that's not right. Several groups have filed lawsuits over the voting measure. The bill includes strict identification requirements for voting by mail and limits the use of
Kemp: Moving All-Star game will hurt business owners of color
"Republican governor is continuing to criticize major league baseball after the league moved. It's all star game to denver over the state's controversial voting laws from member station w. a. b. e. roxanne scott reports at a press conference. This weekend governor. Brian kemp said the move politicized baseball. An hurts businesses owned by people of color who have already been affected by covid but critics of the law which places ide- requirements on absentee voting and limits the use of ballot drop boxes say disproportionately affects people of color. The mlb said it moved the game from the atlanta area. After having discussions with players the law which was signed last month also expands weaken early voting and criminalizes handing out food and water to voters waiting in line to cast a ballot. Several groups have filed lawsuits about the state's new voting law
Joe Musgrove Throws First No-Hitter in Padres History
"In Major League Baseball Friday night. Joe must row pitch the San Diego Padres first no hitter in the 53 year history of the franchise in there, three Nothing with a Texas The Padres have been the on Lee Major League team that had never thrown a no hitter until last night.
Joe Musgrove Throws First No-Hitter in Padres History
"The first no hitter of the 2021 Major league baseball season belongs to San Diego's Joe Musgrove, The Padres Hurler accomplished the feat Friday night against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, allowing just one base runner on a hit by pitch. It's also the first no hitter and ponderous history. The only team without one's allow the Padres win the game three
Top Senate Republican slams corporate activism over Georgia law
"There's also big news concerning the fallout from georgia's new laws restricting voter access major league baseball announced. July's all star. Game will be played in denver following its removal from atlanta in protest of the georgia law. Today senate republican leader mitch. Mcconnell traditionally a big supporter of corporate free speech slammed companies like coca cola and delta for speaking out against the law republicans by and pla on planes and drink coca cola too. So what. I'm saying here is i think this is quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue particularly when it got facts. Wrong i'm not talking about political contributions. Most of them contribute to both sides. They have political action committees. That's fine it's legal to appropriate. I support that. I'm talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary and punish in a community or state. Because you don't like a particular law that. I just think it's stupid
Los Angeles Dodgers' Trevor Bauer Subject of MLB Inspection for Suspicious Baseballs
"Dodgers big. Dad's we talked about. We were talking about the dodger. We're talking about the trevor bauer situation as someone was trying to pour cold water on the dodgers situation where ken rosenthal. The athletic was reporting that multiple suspicious baseball's from the dodgers starting pitcher trevor. Bauer were sent to major league baseball for inspection to which bauer went to social media to clear that. Hey not just me because if you single one person out it makes it sound like they're guilty. That is the way most people think but it is a a wide range of pitchers whose balls have been collected to see what's on the balls to inspect the balls. And the dodgers took exception to it and i get it now. Trevor responded to that today. Here's what drivers at since. It's only illegal for pitchers to have foreign substance on their person their body whatever. It's not illegal for a catcher to have it on his shin guards or his chest protector as we've seen it's not illegal for basement having on his glove or a center fielder to have it on his gloves. So far as i am aware potentially rule change. There's some language. But as far as i know the rules baseball it is legal for those players to have stuff on their gloves. So my question is if i threw a pitch and it gets thrown out and tested and then have the foreign substance on. How do they know that. It came from me and not from the catcher's glove or from the third basements glove or nfl ball. What does that happen to hit the bat. The handle of a bet where a hitter has pine tar or whatever other substance he wants which is completely legal so long as it doesn't go too far up that how are they gonna tell that that was knee and fault me for using four in substance when that could have come from any host of other places that are legal.
Backlash Grows Against Georgia Voting Law
"Democrats have made voting rights. Or at least what they referred to as voting rights a centerpiece of their agenda over the last few months. I've i've phrase it that way not to be. Tendentious highlight the fact that the rhetoric around this issue from democrats would suggest that. What's at issue is whether a vast number of people will be disenfranchised when in reality if you look at hr one. They're big voting rights bill in the congress or if you look at something like the reason voting rights bill that passed in georgia which progressives are outraged by the those are not quite the stakes. What's perhaps most notable about all this. You might expect a political party to overstate their case here. But now you have the media at corporations lining up in lockstep with that narrative to the point where major league baseball all-star game out of atlanta because of the new georgia law. As if it was the reimposition of jim crow what's your takeaway from the the backlash that the left is sort of engineered here over the past week or so. Well we know. It's not an empirical worry on the part of corporate america and the left over disenfranchisement of voters because in the two thousand eight and two thousand twelve election to take one example in states that were more restrictive. I e colorado delaware joe biden's home state which is seen basically runs black registered. Voters voted in the higher percentage of than did white voters. So why did they do that if it was restrictive and they did it because they wanted to vote for barack obama. And that's number one so we know that that's not true that the georgia law anything comparable to it restricts black voters
Denver Mayor Boasts About Hosting All Star Game Moved Out Of Atlanta
"League Baseball's decision. I wonder how people in the Atlanta area how people throughout the state of Georgia People who love the state of Georgia feel About the mayor of Denver, bragging about all the revenue the Denver is now going to collect because of Major League baseball's dishonest Duplicitous messaging, pretending that the Georgia law suppresses votes and moving the All Star Game out of Atlanta. Listen to the Democrat mayor of Denver. Michael Hancock. Hold the steam this event. Is about so much more than the home run Derby or the game itself. There will be plenty of week of events activities for the whole family throughout. Downtown Denver and volunteer opportunities for nearly 2000 people. Those benefits. Are far beyond I will last far beyond July. Some estimates this event will mean more than $100 million impact to our local economy. That's incredibly good news for our small businesses are restaurants or hotels and our workers. We have struggled and suffered through this pandemic. It took a true team effort to get to this point. That's like that's like somebody trolling. The world. That's a troll. It took a team effort. No, it took a gutless, spineless instead of executives that Major league Baseball didn't take any team effort on your part. What team effort? Did you put it? And his family. Mr Mayor, What do you say to the black business owners and the workers? And the hard working people in Atlanta who are now gonna lose all that revenue because of this ill fated decision. What if anybody's gonna ask the Democrat
MLB All-Star Game Moved Out of Atlanta
"Big announcement from georgia major league baseball moving. It's twenty twenty one all star game out of atlanta georgia in reaction to the state's controversial new voting law on friday. Major league. baseball made a move. That caught many people off guard and reignited a very charge debate. Then league commissioner said today that moving would be the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport major league baseball to fear last from liberal atmosphere. Absolutely art in the major league baseball has selected denver and the colorado rockies as the new home for the summers all star game today amid all the noise surrounding the decision. Evan drellich breaks down. When actually drove. Commissioner rob manfred to move the game. This wasn't about the commissioner of thirty mostly white republican billionaires waking up and saying. We're gonna have a new moral compass today. Mlb wasn't trying to make this great political stan. Rather it felt that he was going to make a political stand either way from wondering in the atlantic. I'm under sculptor. it's wednesday april seventh. And this is billy so even before we get into the controversy. Can you just remind what was the original plan for the twenty twenty one. Mlb all star game. Who's going to be a smooth calm week down in atlanta georgia where you would have the all star game. The home run derby the draft and basically a week of fan festivities around all those events. Henry was amanda greece manner patients after the passing henry aaron to to have the game in atlanta where he spent so much of his career was going to be a special part of it that you would have not just the game but this chance to commemorate one of the great heroes of the support of all time but will always be grateful for you showing all of rush how to chase our dreams.
MLB All-Star Game Moved To Colorado
"Governor, Brian Kemp, says Major league Baseball will regret their decision to move the All Star game. They moved it from Atlanta after the Georgia voting Reform law was passed. Yeah. Brian Kemp says Colorado actually has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia, and he accused Major League baseball of bending to cancel culture
Baseballer Henry Aaron Faced Death and Made History
"Baseball is a numbers game. So let's do some numbers. This was errands. twenty four. th season playing the braves. He's played two thousand nine hundred and sixty six games. He's been up to bat more than eleven thousand times and at the start of this particular game. He has seven hundred and fourteen home runs. Seven hundred and fourteen is a very important number this moment on april eighth nineteen seventy four. It is the most home runs ever hit by a single major league baseball player but two players have reached. That number hank. Aaron is tied with the legendary babe ruth. They've each hit seven hundred fourteen home runs and tonight. Aaron will hit number seven fifteen. The atmosphere should be celebratory and it is but in the clubhouse before the game things are unusually quiet. The braves have decided not to let the press inside. Aaron has been hounded by reporters for months and not just by reporters. He's also received close to a million pieces of mail. A third of them negative. Some of the letters have included death threats from white fans who don't want to see a black man take babe ruth's record people have written that they're going to sneak into the stands with a gun and take matters into their own hands so while aaron knows that this might be the most important baseball game of his life. There's also a real possibility that it could be his last
"major league baseball" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"Before, we talk about the Champions League just a quick note Joel Anderson is going to duck out of the segment. He'll be back with us in a bit. From the parochial vantage North America. Last week was a great week in the Champions League twenty one year old American midfielder Tyler Adams scored the winning goal to send upstart rb Leipzig into the semi finals against Neymar in Paris Sandra man and nineteen year old Canadian left-back Alfonzo Davies had the highlight of a match filled with them as Byron Munich annihilated Barcelona eight to two buyer now faces Leon which upset Manchester City the semi's are on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Champions League's covid bubble in. Lisbon. Portugal. Rory Smith is the chief soccer correspondent for the New York Times. He joins us from Yorkshire England. Welcome back to the show and me back. It's going to be the first time since nineteen ninety-one that Europe's because club semifinals won't include a team from England that Spain or Italy got two teams apiece from Germany and France. Is this a sign of some tectonic shift or is it really just? covid Nineteen Scheduling Rory Germany and France concluded their league seasons a month ago. The other three countries were playing up until a few days before the champions. League restarted. Yeah. Feels slightly counterintuitive because my sense before the tournament was that the countries that kind of went into it heart effectively would would have an advantage that they still have that that play in rhythm that that sense of that level of fitness that you get from competitive action and I. Really was sure that the French teams in particular having not played since March would be a real disadvantage but essentially shows what I know about soccer because PSG Leon didn't seem to be a tall roster that didn't seem kind of off the pace they have built into the Champions League they've been able to focus. It's lucidly on this. They played a number friendlies before before the season started then had the French final where they played each other. And then they Leon had a had a dame ain't event the remaining game from the round of sixteen. To play. So they seem to have been able to build their way to the tournament and hit the ground running. I guess the German seems which concerned as well the month long break between the end of the Bundesliga and the star of the Champions League. Might be a disadvantage I. think that's probably easier to manage than the not having played for several months. So I don't I don't see this as a sign that we're GONNA get over a period of French or German dominance of the champions by Munich Bane in the semifinals or the championship relatively normal. Anyway that's not not particularly unusual state of affairs. And I suspect the rest of it can be put down to well partly PSG project this incredibly sort of lavish project finally starting to fruit. And to an extent, just as say, the slight strangeness of of the that situation with single is rather than home and away knock out. And the fact that they've all had plenty of rest. So if one result had gone differently, I think the top of the segment would have been very different. We probably would have been talking about Atalanta as the real underdog and the kind of inspirational team of this Champions League but psg made a comeback and so we have the like you know billionaire kind of over dog team making a into the semis and we have a different kind of underdog rb Leipzig which is also a very, well capitalized team. That's not true a traditional power but there's only been around for for decades. So so what have you made of kind of the different types of? Underdogs in this tournament and how that's played. Well that I mean, that's Atlanta broke my heart. I don't remember being quite. So stressed out during a football match for many many years even a game involving. It's my support the. As I was Jonathan too because. What that game in that team means to to the city of Bergamo, which is where athletes are basin and obviously was was, the first town was really hard hit in the West by by of it all those scenes of of over on hospitals of sirens wailing through the night of of military vehicles being to transport dead bodies. They were all from Burdenko got was out of town of endogenous and soon it's then certainly in Britain transferred from the states but they were the nightmarish I scenes of the pandemic for us because. Prior to that. It was it was the mayor I went to them a few weeks ago as the mayor said to me, it was something happened in China, and then you see this place. That's. If not familiar, then it it kind of. The inaugural of Bergamo was familiar. You know most people in Britain would recognize what a hilltop Italian town looks like. That's not it's a foreign country of towards but is alien place to us and I think to see to see that place suffering as it was quite a tentative signal of what was to turn for for the rest of the world and the players kind of see themselves as being in this role and feel the weight of that. So I would sit here and say that I think all players are all types would have felt that I. I don't think that's true I. Think there is an unusually not unique, but there's an unusually strong bond between Atalanta's players and the place that they're from, which is strange as most of them are not from Burgum Oh and I think the majority of them are not from Italy but they all stayed in Bertram the pandemic down in Burgo, several of them lockdown as in Ganja, which is Atlanta's training ground. They spent their lockdown period at the training ground and I think that was really important for the people of the town. Does it gave them a sentence that their players? Of. Then and represent them in some way more than more than ten of as persons but also bonded the players to to the places while they saw what the place went through and I think they did almost feel a responsibility to come back from the pandemic when when sorcery started in Europe I think they felt a sense that they were playing for the not the pride of the place just a ton of autism source of solace to to Burma, which it seems seems strange into a team sport and do but I think it doors as as of cheesy cornball is that sounds? That you know they hit, they were superb in Syria they. They won the first nine games back and then lost their final one. And they. They did sense that they had. They had this extra momentum behind this disbelief that they had to do something for the people that this place that suffered. So terribly an although they lost the most as you mentioned, Josh, the most heartbreaking fashion imaginable. I suspect now a few days later and truly proud of not only the fact that this tiny club with his tiny it certainly by ton of European standards reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League which is really not meant to happen anymore, this whole competition is designed so that that cannot happen that they also run PSG incredibly close in..
"major league baseball" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"That was thirty years ago and it doesn't encompass the sort of total educational reckoning four where the sport came from and what it's been and that I think is what needs to change in addition to all these other things we'll. So there is the annual Jackie Robinson Day, and I'm just thinking about this that baseball is kind of managed to reframe. It's shame into celebration and almost I, don't know if this is exactly right but it feels like it's. It's mostly true is that it's almost self-congratulatory around like aren't we great that we allow Jackie Robinson into the sport and it's you know it's obviously about Robinson's heroism and I think. When you learn the Jackie Robinson Story. When you're a kid, you also learn about the abuse that he taught and you learn that you know he wasn't in the major leagues because of racism and segregation but I think there is way more of an emphasis on the fact that Robinson is this is this hero and isn't it great that we integrated baseball? Yeah. You Know Ray for us and this story that Ben Rhodes Ben, Lindbergh for the Ringer about regarding the Negro Leagues is a major league. It's an example of thing that wouldn't like fix anything. It wouldn't make anything right necessarily, but it's just so symbolic of everything that we've been talking about here about how the people that created the baseball encyclopedia in the sixties like didn't even consider that the Negro Leagues might be on the same level because that's that's when there was like an MLB committee when the book was being produced to try to determine what constituted a major league for inclusion in the statistical history of the game and not not even a conversation, and then there's excuses like well, the statistical record is you know not as complete as. Well, why do you think the? Record is incomplete. It's because you. Didn't allow them to play in the major leagues like punishing these players for the kind of violence. Perpetrated against for their for their exile, and so it's fascinating. See these things being reckoned with finally that have never been reckoned with before these kind of fundamental baseline things and so that's positive. It's it's progress and again it's not like it would fix everything but it's like a thing that needs to happen right and I mean, it's not a surprise. I mean you can't just obviously lay this at the feet of major. League. Baseball because it's not like we're a country that's great with reckoning around these sorts of issues right I mean you know the civil war. The Civil Rights Movement? We. Celebrate. The ultimate end of discrimination or institutional racism. But we don't discuss much how it got to be that way and that's like any history course you take all the way up through high school is not really getting into the weeds of that sort of stuff. So it's not a surprise that major league baseball hasn't really been able to talk about how Cap Anson helped broker this gentleman's agreement amongst white professional teams and kept out black players and things of that nature. So yeah, I mean, I'm not saying that baseball doesn't bear its own responsibility for doing particularly poorly in this regard, but it's not a surprise. Given it it's America's game. It's America's pastime. So of course, it's not going to do really well with reckoning with its history right Joel I'm curious what you think when you look back at old coverage or photos or film of the Negro Leagues End you know in particular just kind of enormous crowds of black American baseball fans and how just as it was for every other demographic group in America basically the baseball was V sport in this country I mean does it just feel totally alien? Yeah. It does feel really foreign to me and it makes me sort of long makes me wish that I had. Like obviously I didn't wish I was a black person in the nineteen fifties but. I. I wish though really want to go to a sporting event in a fidora different. Right. But I would love to I would I would have loved to have been privy to that atmosphere and see what it was like you've mentioned it sounds like it was a lot of fun and I mean, what's the? Cool Papa Bell that you know by the time he turned out the light in his bedroom. He was already in bed you know that sort of stuff. So yeah, it sounds like a lot more fun than the baseball. I've grew up with and even even I was sort of a baseball fan growing up in my early years like until I was about ten or eleven years old astros had a really good team. It had black ball players like Kevin Bass, Billy Hatcher JR Richard, Gaas like that. But as I got older like a lot of other people, my interest sort of waned and I don't know if that's because I didn't think of baseball as a black sport my friends played it I don't know what but yeah I look back at. That Negro League stuff and then it looks that looks like that would have been cool like I would have liked to have experienced that and obviously this is just a different time I mean, what do you all really know of the Negro Leagues I was like an enormous baseball fan when I was a kid, I was Kinda my entree into reading as well as into sports, and so you've talked about this tall about kind of early reader sports books that I think a lot of us read and so I was like really deepened. Baseball stuff and so I kind of consumed the Negro Leagues Material and the way that I was mentioning earlier in the segment just the fun stories the Lore. I read that Cool Papa Bell quote and maybe fifty different. Like the stuff about Satchel page and about Josh Gibson and the Negro Leagues seemed really kind of fun and cool and I don't think as a white kid growing up reading this stuff. It, I don't think it actually served as a introduction or a primer until like the lake evils of American racism it was more like a different kind of fun thing in the sport that I enjoy and it's fun to read these stories because I like reading funds stories about like old timey players. But it goes back to the point I was making the beginning that we've historic sized it like we've except like the way it was you know there the Negro Leagues because well, there had to be a league for black players because they weren't allowed to play in the major leagues. Just was not a thing that that was perpetrated. Correct not a thing that was perpetrated and. The..
"major league baseball" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"The logo derivative of the one created by the Negro Baseball Leagues Museum in Kansas City the League and the players union also made matching million dollar contributions to the museum and the Nfl east-leading Marlins imagine that even more very cool looking uniform celebrating the old Miami giants a semi pro team that. Played into cities over town neighborhood of the nineteen twenties and it was proof that yes the marlins occasionally do something. Right. But it's kind blackstone wrote for The Washington Post none of those tributes answer the question why did Black Ball players need the Negro Leagues in the first place the original Negro National. League was founded in Kansas. City Ymca and nineteen twenty. It was the first League of Black Baseball teams to last. More than a season and to maintain some semblance of stability but his blackstone points out black players only resorted to starting their own leagues after white professional teams barred them in eighteen, eighty, seven chief among those championing the ban on black players was cap, Anson? Perhaps the most influential baseball personality the Nineteenth Century Major League baseball hasn't really grappled with that. So even as they touched on all the right notes over the. Weekend, there's still a piece of the story missing Stephan what can or should be done to make it right. The problem is that most of the grappling MLB is done over the years has been done dispassionately the gentlemen's agreement in eighteen eighty seven that barred black players from baseball. The subsequent seventy, two years before every major league team had employed black player the effects of that segregation they've all been treated almost clinically. As historical facts. So we celebrate Jackie Robinson breaking the color line and retire is number and baseball honors the Centennial of the Negro Leagues it's given money as you mentioned here and there to study the Negro Leagues and Support Negro Leagues Causes like the museum our friend Ben Lindbergh reported in the ringer last week that MLB is considering elevating the Negro Leagues to the status of a major league for historical and statistical. Purposes which is good and tangible, and we should discuss but given where we are in America right now it feels like what baseball really needs to do is confront its legacy had on flat out admit that institutional racism was foundational to the sport and corrupted every game and statistic for decades. I think one issue here and you mentioned correctly Stephan the clinical nature of the reckoning by Major League Baseball but on the Other side there's also the undeniable fact that the Negro Leagues were, Fun and that you have personalities like Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson and Satchel page and they provide a sort of you know again fun quality to this like old timey baseball history that we all learn about as kids you know the uniforms as you mentioned all the high socks, the ENTEX by Satchel page calling outfielders to come in and striking. Out The side, the speed of Cool Papa Bell of the power of of Josh Gibson. This is all baseball lore and what's missing. There's the pain and the agony of the fact that the the reason there is this lore, the reason that there is kind of obscurity and some of the statistics and records is the fact of well full segregation by the major leagues. So I'm not saying that we should not appreciate. A SATCHEL page and Cool Papa. Bell Buck O'Neil for the kind of fun and liveliness and joy that they brought to the game. But I think there needs to be a reckoning with pain a discussion of of the pain and more openness about it, and so how do we go about doing that I don't know Joel if you have any ideas but we are in this period where were tearing down statues were changing names of things and and blackstone writes in his piece about the hall of Fans Kinda Resistance of even adding a note about. Cabin sins part that he played in the segregation of the game to his hall of fame plaque and I think also just in general take sorta dim view of how Major League Baseball regards the Negro Leagues at this point because even if we go back, let's say we go back fifty years. Let's go back to win Jackie Robinson himself was part of the League and heat. I. Think in his final public appearance, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before game two of the world series in Cincinnati and he accepts this plaque honoring the twenty fifth anniversary. Of his MLB debut and he said I'm going to be tremendously more pleased and more proud when I look at that Third Base coaching line one day and see a black face managing and baseball right and so there's been this sort of shameless co-opting of the legacy of Jackie Robinson and you could imagine major league baseball like doing all of this stuff to honor the Negro Leagues One not dealing with the still institutional problems within their organization. Now, we was just what a couple of months ago that we read the how Brian Peace and ESPN talking about. The exile of the former as catcher Bruce Maxwell who kneeled before a game in. A number of reasons he's not in the League now but a lot of it stems from that protest. Right? He did get signed by the mets since we had that discussion he's not in the majors. That's true. That's True Yeah Major League baseball in addition to not necessarily doing a good job in honoring its past or like sort of reckoning with its past it's not even doing a really good job right now so that it could be that they're not even they're not even capable of giving us what we want in terms of you know giving the Negro Leagues it's do because they can't even give black players that do right now they can't do. Right by black players. Now, right we're still talking about hiring more black on and off field executives are still talking about the number of of black players declining and major league baseball as a percentage there still obviously tons of work to do and black players still feel the need or motivated to feel the need to get together and try to band together and push for change in the game but it's really the sort of to me the Negro Leagues are so fundamental to baseball history, and yet there is this reluctance. This quietness I'm with which baseball has sort of tried to dance around the issue for decades I did some database searching over the weekend. To look to see like if baseball's actually ever apologized any concrete way for how it was operated for almost a century and you know the the city council in Philadelphia, a couple of years ago passed a resolution apologizing for the way Jackie Robinson was treated by the phillies one, thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight, the pirates honored members of the homestead. Grays of the Negro Leagues and the Commissioner at the.
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"Breathing on each other scratching each other etc. There's travel issues in the same way there's issues with major league. Baseball and it's also played in the fall and winter where you talked to Ebony meteorologist side to stay sort of believed that with flu season it proposes. Challenges as on a macro perspective. What significant concerns would you have regarding the National Football League this year? First of all on players opting out I'm not gonNA fault a guy for saying he wants to play and he thinks the risk is worth it. I'M NOT GONNA fault a guy for saying he doesn't WanNa play he doesn't think the risk is worth it I think it's it's a very personal decision when deciding whether to participate in the NFL season or not, and I'm not gonNA knock a guy either way so that out of the way the NFL is essentially trying to run MLB's playbook. The issue that I think they may run into is you saw how fast this virus spread through a baseball clubhouse. Honestly, this was off the charts bad in terms of what I had expected. In terms of its ability to spread through an MLB eighteen. You would have to suspect that if the virus gets into an NFL team and sparks an outbreak. It's GonNa look way worse because they're more people and more context, and so that provides more fertile ground for the virus to move around and with through team. And so you have to be very afraid about that and what it's really gonNA rely on is keeping the virus out of the clubhouse in the first place and that is going to require. Nearly perfect avoidance of behavior by. Lots and lots of people you know one, hundred, fifty or two hundred people team thousands league-wide for four or five months I think it's a tall order I. Think the NFL is. Is Hoping that they can make it happened the discipline will be there. But I worry especially in markets that have a lot of virus where you know it only takes one or two pies freelancing and doing what they're not supposed to do to to maybe bring the virus in especially if you're only testing every coupla days if a guy is walking around in NFL clubhouse for two days able to transmit the virus and doesn't know it because he's symptomatic. Depending on if that time stretches over a game. If it stretches over a contact practice or a team meeting where guys let their guard down wearing masks that could be quite disastrous and so I, think in markets with a lot of virus you have to, you have to recognize that that's a very real possibility. The other thing is the ability of it to spread. To opponents I think is going to be much higher than it is in baseball. So even if we don't see the virus spread to the Phillies, which again I think is a reasonable thing that we could see that certainly no guarantee that it wouldn't be able to jump from one club to another in the NFL. The worry is not even an players being diligent. You need their families, people who are in their homes. Diligent, as well I'm getting invited to so many NFL fantasy leagues and I'm just wondering one how many players left to choose. By the time we get to that point and is there going to be a league leftover if there is we will be looking for your work with football insiders and we can.
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"That's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar this hump. Debt number one. Jamal Baughman a former middle school principal who's African American and has the support of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Cossio Cortez has taken an early lead over house. Foreign Affairs Committee chairman. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary in New York. It's too soon to call that and a bunch of other races from last night, because there are so many mail in ballots because of the coronavirus and they take longer to count, but. While it Susan to call it. Bouwman has a pretty significantly and in Kentucky, state legislator Charles Booker who's also black, is locked in east still too close to call race with retired Marine Corps fighter pilot, aiming McGrath. who was a star, recruit of National Democrats for the chance to wage a longshot bid against Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell a third. African American candidate is leaving leading significantly in a seven way primary to replace retiring Congresswoman Nita Lowey in New York. If Montier Jones wins that seat, he will be the first openly gay black man to serve in Congress. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney who chairs the House Oversight Committee holds only a narrow lead over Suraj Patel a hotel, executive and former Obama campaign staffer. That contest is a rematch from two thousand eighteen Maloney, who's in her fourteenth term seeing a fifteenth term one then by nineteen points now looks like she might just narrowly whole don. And Down in North Carolina a twenty four year old won an upset over president. Trump's pick to replace Mark Meadows Madison Thorn Eight twenty four year old, defeated Linda Bennett the Republican handpicked by trump and White House chief of staff mark, meadows in gop runoff for the seat that meadows gave up to take the chief of staff job. CAWTHORN is poised to become the member of the House and the solidly Red District. He was going to go to the Naval Academy six years ago. In fact, he received a nomination for meadows. But he couldn't attend because a car accident left him paralyzed from.
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"Good Morning I'm James Holman from the Washington Post and this is the daily to two for Wednesday June twenty them in today's news, the chairman of the House foreign. Affairs Committee is trailing his primary challenger in new. York. A federal prosecutor will testify that. He faced political pressure to go easy on Roger Stone. And the Senate teeters on the cusp of failure in the push for police reform. But I saw the big idea. Baseball is coming back. Major League Baseball will return in July. Training camps will resume on July first. An opening day will take place either June July twenty third or twenty fourth. It's four months behind schedule, but the season will be sixty games by far the shortest in the sports modern history followed by postseason unlike other sports, baseball is aiming to play this season with teams in their home. Cities as opposed to a one site quarantined bubble as players begin arriving back to camp this week. All of which will be held in the team's home cities as opposed to spring training facilities in Arizona or Florida. They'll be tested. Tested for the coronavirus before being allowed to enter, it's the first of many tests. Each player and staff member will be subjected to teams will be aligned geographically to reduce travel while the MLB has yet to release a master schedule for the new condense season, each team will play forty games within their own division and twenty games against teams from the corresponding division in the other league, thus the defending world series champion Washington nationals will play ten games each against division rivals Atlanta Miami Philadelphia in the New York mets, and for each against Al Teams Baltimore. Boston the New York, Yankees Tampa and Toronto. This will be a season unlike any in the sports history, featuring among other wrinkles, a designated hitter in the national. League for the first time. And probably get this extra innings that begin with a runner already on second base. The season will be played by necessity without fans in ballparks at least initially, but we'll still be able to tune in on television. My colleague Dave Shannon who's been bird dogging the negotiations for us on the baseball..
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"First Major League Baseball issued a sixty game schedule starting July twenty third or twenty fourth in empty ballparks because of the pandemic seems like they have finally settled on sixty enough players to report by July first that allows them to have sixty games again about sixty six days ABC ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan the designated hitter expands to the National League this year federal investigators say the new found in black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is garage stall at Talladega have been there since at least last October it was a garage pull down world fashion into a noose no charges NASCAR president Steve Phelps says they're still looking into it we are continuing our portion of the investigation to try to determine why don't there was a rope fashioned into a news top Senate Democrats say the police reform bill offered by Republicans is not salvageable they want new negotiations on a bipartisan measure minority leader Charles Schumer we don't want this political show that will lead to no bill no one no one no one has detailed a way under McConnell's plan that we actually get to a bill that can pass the GOP plan mandates nothing the Democrats want something closer to the far reaching proposal from house Democrats in Atlanta while the funeral for ratio Brooks killed by Atlanta police was going on Natalie Hannah white chief suspect in the torching of the fast food place where Bruce was killed was surrendering on Tuesday afternoon the twenty nine year old white was taken into custody outside her attorney's office in the city authorities say she's one of multiple suspects who sparked a fire that gutted the restaurant on June thirteenth white faces a charge of arson in the first degree her attorney says she is not responsible for the blaze ABC's Edgar tragus you're listening to a governor Mike DeWine says it all key indicators for the corona virus for up today which included five hundred ninety new cases or deaths last twenty four hours reported thirty one the average has been twenty three last twenty four report hours hospitalizations is up as well and I see you missions is up eyes as well the governor is encouraging all high I went to get tested for cover nineteen is free testing sites have been opening up across the state he his wife and lieutenant governor John Huston role tested during his briefing this afternoon governor DeWine wants to bring the space for storehouses pushing Wright Patterson Air Force base in Greene County as the headquarters for the new United States space command the US secretary of defense and the department of the Air Force began accepting nominations last month Ohioans could celebrate the fourth of July with fireworks this year as long as large crowds of people don't gather to watch them many communities have already canceled fireworks displays because of the cover nineteen pandemic but summer still plant but then a governor Hughes said today urged anyone attending such a celebration to wear facemask and maintain social distancing large gatherings are still prohibited statewide a summit county grand jury has indicted a man for the cold case rape and murder of a teenage girl the new body of seventeen year old Barbara Blatnick was found alongside a road in Cuyahoga falls in nineteen eighty seven a corner determined she had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death sixty seven year old James says tonic was arrested last month after new DNA evidence linked him to buy at nextag he's being held on one million dollars bond a former fraternity president at Ohio university's putting guilty in connection with the death of a pledge Colin Wyatt died from asphyxiation after inhaling nitrous oxide at the sigma pi house in twenty eighteen Elijah he pleaded guilty today to charges including hazing and obstructing justice and was sentenced to thirty one days in jail four other former members also pleaded guilty in the case I'm John Gallagher your next headline update happens at the bottom of the hour news radio six ten WTVN you got a home to sell so today and Marie she had a condo in Reston that have been listed with an agent for three months no results what she heard people like me raving about Jennifer young you're on the radio and she gave her shot Jennifer included the town home and what she calls her coming soon marketing that's all it took home another Jennifer young success stories that town home sold for five thousand dollars over asking it just days and without the place even hitting the market that means no endless showings just sold.
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"We've talked about lots of the pitfalls in this idea. Let's let's talk about some of the reasons that people think this could work first of all. Baseball is logical to be the first fort to come back just because of the inherent distance between players on the field and and the fact that it's mostly played outdoors right and that helps it's not fall. There's constant contact not basketball which is played indoors and the players are quite close to each other as well. It is from that perspective. The logical sport to come back. I The most logical sport and that is one reason. The government agencies have been supportive of this idea because they know that in a perfect world. You can't completely be safe baseball. Offers Safer Opportunity there? Is this idea also and you touched on this that the general public will watch the way. Baseball is handling this with social distancing and going just from their hotel to the ballpark. Or what have you and by doing so people at home? The general public could understand the lifestyle adjustments that we all need to make. Can you explain that further? Yes and that is a big part of the government's motivations what I understand. And it's not that they would want baseball return and be at risk. Nope it's not like that law but they believe that it can be accomplished safely. And they believe that the players could serve as a model for social distancing and that also the sport would come back. Baseball would serve as a model for how the nation would reignite the economy. I fighting an invisible enemy Kobe. Nineteen that is the idea and I should say. I don't know that the higher government is supportive. But certain key people are there's not unanimity necessarily but enough key. People are that this is going forward from their perspective. What do you think is the best case scenario the most optimistic projection for for how a plan like this would actually work? And what's your best? Guess four when we actually would get baseball back dangerous questions because I have no idea and I don't know I just can't even venture against now I can tell you the facts and the facts are that we would need at least two or three weeks spring training. At least we would need to play. Perhaps through October any recent agreement between players and owners. They agree to extend the regular season through October. If necessary mostly what we would need is confidence in the country that it's okay and safe to play right so when this all happens to be the I I can't even venture a guess it would be silly for me to venture a guess because there's so much unknown and there's not just a known with when this crisis will abate but unknown with regard was the players and owners can reach agreement whether Arizona ultimately is feasible as hot places. It isn't a summit. This place is one ten one twenty in the summer months and you're going to be playing outdoors at good luck with that. So they're all these issues and there are other plans being kicked around. I just I could not venture a guess with any degree of knowledge about what might happen here. And my last question have any of the broadcasters the play by play guys the media partners the cameramen all of the the side that would be required to televise these games to bring these games to fans have any of them weighed in on their personal stake in this. No but I'm one of those people and I could tell.
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"So can. Can you walk us through? This proposed plan to start baseball. Backup potentially as soon as May. How would this work the way it would work? Visa is that all thirty teams would gather in Arizona. They would be in hotels. There would be effectively quarantined. There would be very limited access for them outside of this little bubble that they would be in a hotel the Ballpark Ballpark to the hotel. That would be it. It wouldn't be going out and Phoenix at night and they would play at least the start of the season this way now. There are ten spring training parks in Arizona. There is a stadium. The diamondbacks used that is domed nor retractable roof. I should say so from that perspective. Can this be done? Yes but there are all kinds of issues and let me emphasize this that when the story initially was reported by. Espn it was said that both the players and owners embrace it and it made it appear that this was close to happening in my view. It's not close to happening. It's one idea of manny so it's an interesting idea. It is an idea that the government is seemingly behind officials from three government agencies have supported this plan believe it can be done safely and they believe it can be done in a way that would almost serve as a model for the country. But I wouldn't say it's close and I wouldn't say it's necessarily likely however it is perhaps the only path back for baseball right. I mean one official that you talked to said that it's in the concept stage and you get report that this has support from federal officials. Can you just tell us which agencies and also why those agencies think this would work if it were to be implemented health and Human Services which is a big one of course National Institute of Health and this is the big one the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials from all of these agencies have been involved in this and they do support it and even officials in the state of Arizona are intrigued by it because hey get thirty major league teams here. We'll get attention. We'll get business etcetera so government support of course is significant not something to be taken lightly and I don't know that the players and the owners will take it lightly in a way. They're being asked to do something that can be described as patriotic. Baseball historically has played a role in restoring faith and hope in times of crisis in this country. World War Two. It was a distraction for people. Players went and served but two games continued nine eleven after that there were numerous emotional moments in which the sport really shied homegrown. Sammy Sosa has hit one into the basket. Just to the right of the three sixty eight nine. He's carrying an American flag around the basis and the cubs lead one. Nothing so baseball has that ability. And that's one reason. Federal officials are intrigued by this. But the ones from those agencies those are health related agencies and they believe that by the time play would resume. Let's say mid May or June. Most likely I would think if that there will be sufficient testing. It won't be a problem with a shortage of tests. And they just feel that in a controlled environment this can happen in this and I want to make this clear we we all want peace fall to come back as soon as possible both professionally and personally but I think that we have to be a little bit realistic. Even if that's painful so let's go through some of the flaws of this proposal so first players sitting and standing six feet away from each other no high fives. I think anyone who's watched a major league baseball game player. Staying out of each other space. Seems like a little bit unrealistic. Even though it's a non contact sport drifting off to the left Hayward fighting the sudden snow mix the center that's team going back to his swagger and Hayward gives support a big old hug saying thank you very much I would agree with that and I spoke with Indians manager Terry Francona yesterday. That was the point that he raced and he said hey go. Have THE TRAINER INVOLVED WITH PLAYERS. You'll have slide into second base. He just didn't feel. It was realistic much. As you just described on the other hand and the one thing I guess that I will underscore in every one of these points you have to consider if this is the only way to play then you hop to make some changes in the way you go about it if that's the only way to play and for the owners and players to make money and to present the sport to the public on television if that's it guess what maybe you say. Okay we've got to do all this now. How realistic is it? Would there be incidents and issues at times. I'm sure there would be. But if you're testing everybody and everybody on the field tested negative and there's a slide at second base. That shouldn't be a problem right so again it's difficult. These guys have habit of spitting too if you've noticed over the years so I don't know exactly how all of that would work. And it's tough to change behaviors. We all know that these guys have habits. They formed ever since a little boys playing this game. But again if it's the only way to go. And the blueprint for doing it. You'll have to look at near. The idea of players potentially living in a bubble when they're not on the field only going between the hotel in the field. Who would enforce that? I don't know that it would need to be enforced or could be enforced. The players would have to agree to it and they have to understand. This is the deal going out to the club in Phoenix okay. You're not doing that. And then I imagine there would be security. Each team has security guys who travel with the team so that would be the wayland force it and the issue of families has also come up and initially. It was reported that the players would be separate from their families. That might be true. But it's not necessarily. My understanding is in the way. I reported was that under discussion. Right now is how that would work with. Families with the families be part of this ecosystem this controlled environment. Which of course would expanded greatly right. These are all things to be discussed and it's a lot. Yeah I mean my next question is is about the the workers at the hotel the the support staff at chase field and the other ballparks in Arizona. The people doing the laundry the water boys. You know the the stadium cleaning staff. Do we know how they would play into a plan like this. Yes they would play into it. You can't just play a game with guys and not have these ancillary folks involved. They're kind of behind the scenes people who naval baseball to be played on a daily basis. So they would be part of this. They would be test. And they would be practicing social distancing now. It was raised to me early in this conversation last week. Even about the possibility of a hotel worker. That worker goes home at night. Maybe that worker is exposed to someone who is infected then. What happens if that person returns to the hotel? The next day and infects one player boom. We've got a problem. That's a question. I asked in researching this and I was told that. Perhaps you'd have to have a situation. Where a number of the hotel workers stayed at the hotel on site for a period of time. Now if a player gets ill what happens? Does the entire team need to be shutdown? We've seen this happen right and be WNBA. Shut down well the way it was described to me. Let's say it's the right field or on your team. And he gets infected. Well if he's practicing social distancing which is what will happen in this environment then the fear of him infecting others would not be as great. And we're talking about maybe guys going into the clubhouse not all at once but ten time and alternating the way they dressed. It is going to be a lot going on here. No doubt it'll be different. But again the health officials who have been apprised of this plan and involved in the development of it. They do believe it can be accomplished safely. What happens if the number of corona virus cases in Arizona rises significantly between now and may so when I was talking to someone involved with this person said to me. Hey it's April seventh now happily know what's GonNa Happen April thirtieth. We don't know anything. It could be better or to imagine right now but it could be better or perhaps more likely it could be worse or someone similar right. We don't know that is why it's difficult to figure this out this far in advance. And that's why right now. This is an idea then when the person who said it was in the concept stage said that that is what he was referring to. We can talk about it. I don't know that we can implement it. Would if you heard from players themselves about their thoughts on on a plan like this we're talking about a group of twelve hundred again. It's thirty teams. Forty man rosters in any group of twelve hundred. You're going to have a wide variety of opinions so I am sure different guys will have different feelings about it and I talked to. Some of the players involved and people are gonNA come out this for wide variety of perspectives. You'd imagine and it's the Union's role here their job to kind of get to a consensus. It's not easy with a group of twelve hundred. It's not even easy for thirty ownership groups to ever come to consensus. They're also you know. I think when we consider baseball coming back we tend to think of the players right like they're young they're healthy and you know if one were in a worst case scenario to contract this virus we'd like to think they'd be able to fight it but there are older managers and Umpires who are at more risk than than players. Who are in their twenties or thirties. It's official now dusty. Baker is the new manager of the Houston. Astros t motor Jim. Trae introducing him to the media today at eight seven now he becomes the oldest manager in the Big Leagues Texoma. Aj hinch it is certainly something that is part of this discussion. There's no question that the people you just mentioned the older managers even certain coaches umpires who are older and perhaps not in top physical shape. Those folks would be more vulnerable. We know that from what has happened with the virus so far so I don't know exactly how each of those people would feel in. Maybe a certain older manager would feel uncomfortable. But I believe they don't do it and I would imagine the umpires would all do it and the other thing is to remember if something did happen it's people would have the best care available to them teams have doctors there'll be some kind of CDC involvement if just guides so yeah there's no doubt those folks would be at greater risk. No doubt about that but at the same time I am quite confident that they want to be a part in most cases..
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"Apparently to sixty one thirty eight. I'm your host Mark Paulie as always. I'm joined by Bryson. How are you bracing doing? Okay how are you yeah? It's same since last week. Nothing is chance. It's like groundhog day. I think we have a little bit of news to work with today. There is discussions Major League baseball rumors flying around that the commissioner and the Commissioner's Office are trying to get kind of what we were talking about. Last week with Isolating players in spring training places and playing games with no fans there so I guess we can talk about that. I don't think there's anything else talking about but I mean right off the bat you brought this up in the last episode in our seeing it kind of Translate into reality this episode to. What do you think about this? And what do you think this is actually GonNa Happen? Yeah well you know. It's not much surprised if you think about it based on on we. We don't really know the logistics of this whole virus other than we need to stay away from each other in social distance. Oh and we all know The rest and I guess it translates to sports as well if there's if there's any hope for anything to return Aids probably GONNA. It's almost a hundred percent can be with no fans and be. It's probably going to be in like certain locations like we mentioned last week where players are also in the same boat as us as they're going to be quarantined together rather than being all over the countries we discussed Just because of the spread so if it does come back you know you will be seeing teams you know how many cities that that's all up for discussion. But they'll all be kind of in one bubble there one bubble that we all playing at neutral sites and It's not much of a surprise at all just based on however when talking about it and again There was news today. Saying like you said Baseball's considering playing in an empty spring training parks with no fans and quarantine players and again. It comes with a huge like a really complex plan ahead. It's going to be a lot of thinking there's GonNa be a lot of problem solving lots of things to work around And that's without the financial parts as we've discussed how much of an impact. That's already cost of the game. And I guess you know the the economy itself around the world and once you know that's figured out and if there is an all clear in this virus you know everyone gets better from what's going on and you're not gonna see everything. Go back to normal right away. I think you need to be really cautious about a second wave of this of it's spreading is which is why you know you have to be very cautious and that's why we won't be going back to even if this gets better we won't be going back to our regular lives at first it's. Kinda going to be a phase where easing easing easing back into reality. And I think that starts with Sports and in central locations like we discussed and actually since we've discussed that There's been even as you know in the NBA. Where I kind of started? The reference are where we heard about this. I actually the NBA itself went from that to bubble idea from what I mentioned last week to looking at just one location for US postseason if it came back and that's going to be that would be Las Vegas that's the ideal location for a MBA postseason because of all the hotels around and it's gone from that to one location. I think it's really you know. It's people are really starting to be really cautious and really precautionary about this. So you know baseball again. We discuss this about all the different ballparks as well in the Arizona and Florida area if you WanNa talk about starting Spring Training Location. So it's not a surprise at all it's just gonNa be it's GonNa be a very complex plan ahead and I think This is the way it's going to be. I don't know how long it'll take again. That all depends on you know if they will. You know how long it will take to develop a vaccine and maybe we know we learn more about those virus. But you know it's GonNa be it's GonNa be a bit. Even a sports comes back. It won't it's not GonNa be you know as its usual thing every day no matter what sport you're watching It's GonNa come back with a cautious plan. Just like you know how just like the everyday world with the economy itself. It's not gonNA come back all at once it'll come back in phases we're gonNA either way back into reality. It's really seeming like the possibilities of how the season can go on for whether it's major league baseball whether it's something else is just slowly and slowly the doors are starting to close and we have less and less possibilities of the season actually happening because as you mentioned. Nba going from yeah. Well we'll start up this season. Whatever June July? And then okay. We'll play into bubbles in two different cities to okay. We'll play in one city and just postseason like the possibilities are closing and it's honestly I messaged you earlier this week in our group It seems like there's an increasingly less and less chance of baseball. Being played with all these changes that are being bounced around with you know going straight to the postseason or having the postseason in December or playing many doubleheaders game or expanding the rosters to twenty nine players with all these different changes. It's like how much is actually gonNA look like spawned. How is it really worth it to make all these changes and as I talked about last week? Put the health of players on the line. Just get a few games in that ultimately aren't even going to be fair because you're playing under all these new rules so I don't ultimately I don't know if there's a point in having a season if you're changing so much and if the actual you know like health impacts are so dramatic that it's not worth it. It's too damaging to have a season so all that to say if I had to predict right now I don't think there will be a season. We talked last week about the three requirements. Mutually Baseball is set to start their season again. And it's just such a high bar to match in to accomplish all three of those colds that I don't see something happening this year. Yeah yeah the door. The doors closing ends in the reality. It's closing fast. It's not closing slowly. It's closing fast and you know with with baseball. You know they'll be the I would say maybe the third or Fourth League in the big for North America to cancel the season just because you know the NHL and NBA around this time On a regular schedule they were going to be their regular season. Supposed to wrap around this time and playoffs are supposed to start so I end. Obviously that means they're usually done in May or June while baseball is played until November at the latest on it usual standpoint. And that's why they'll be the last T- they'll be the last to pull the plug and there's a report today out of the NBA that the NBA is actually Creating a plan or they've been creating a plan about learning about the financial part of the game of cancelling the season I think the NBA again. They were the ones that suspended their their league. I out of everyone in North America. And they might they might. They might be the first to cancel it for the rest of the year. We we've heard about the optimism. Throw the sports saying they're gonNA take their time. They don't mind playing later dates. I don't mind playing a neutral sites. We all know the possibility that they WANNA do the game going again. And if the NBA pulls the plug which is increasingly likely. They won't make a decision probably for. I would say another month or two but if they're talking about shutting the season down rather than restarting his. That's what we've learned. It's not good. It's not good at all and again for baseball we've discussed. This is well last week. We you mentioned how players are going to be thrown out a routine and you men and you just mentioned as well how. It's you know how. How different is the game going to be? Even if he comes back and we've looked at possibilities expanded rosters may be six men rotations and other ideas like that and you know it's just out of the traditional way baseball like you said it's going to be very different You know the sites are going to be different but you mentioned a good point. The game itself is going to be different. And that's why you know. Is it really worth it? And I think that's possibly we all have to take in just because of how much this virus has spread. And you know it's not exactly. We're not exactly flattening the curve right now. It's obviously worse in certain parts of the world or countries. But it's just taking a little bit longer than it was initially thought of which is fully expected based off of where we were thirty days ago where we are now. We still don't know a lot about this virus we know as its spreads quick. And we've got to stay away from each other and I think that's going to be a major issue for bringing sports back in. That's why people also believe sports will be one of the last things that come back from the from the actual you know from an economy standpoint and from the world and we do know today that President trump is actually a phone call with all major sports commissioners around the game. It was supposed to start at twelve. We're we're recording at twelve thirty right now so that includes obviously all the all the major sports around the world and I really don't know what to take if it's a good thing or a bad thing lots people were saying. It's going to be a good thing. Lots of people saying it's a bad thing in my opinion. I don't think it's a good thing at all. I think it's a bad thing. But maybe they're talking about the basics of problems with the border other things like that. I'm just catching up to speed with all the commission. I think it's a really good idea. Navy exchange some ideas. But I don't necessarily look at this as a very good thing for any of the sports to come back in the near future. Yeah I don't think this was a good thing that call. I was going to bring this up but I think the only way excuses at the bad thing. You're not gonNa have the president telling these four commissioners that yeah. These sports are going to be back in June. Because you know Toronto saying obviously it's city lead functions but no city lead events until the end of June. You have so many strong. I don't see the president of the United States saying whatever this is going to happen by this deadline. I don't think it's good news. I think online. It's going to be bad news. And worse case scenario we could see the president telling these commissioners to telling them a date. Maybe you know mid-july maybe August that they're expecting to be cleared up in order to play the season so I think we earlier in this situation. We thought that. Mlb had time on their hands. I don't think that's true now. Because we're seeing they still have one hundred sixty two games to get through everyone alice. Nhl Mba was towards the end of.
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"We have seen some of this kind of response elsewhere to for example you mentioned the NHL earlier right. Well you know there was the the rumblings of and there was obviously the. There's there's hockey teams in the On the West Coast as well for some time. There were sort of operating in a minor league a yet autonomous fashion at relatively high quality almost very similar to the baseball situation and and Lo and behold when the world hockey association gets up running in the late sixties sixties or early seventies. The rumblings at least are you know in the late sixties that hastened at h l just with the six expansion teams in sixty seven. But but a a a nice drip if you will a solid steady year-by-year drip of more franchises in response. And I guess that's what it takes a sort of that sort of existential threat but it also I think I guess the subtexts that too is there's always the sort of lurking antitrust exemption thing out there or to write in baseball certainly didn't want to give that away In their lifetimes either exactly. And that's part of the reason. The Washington senators became new expansion team because of the antitrust threat that that was always there. I mean It was when Oliver Wendell. Wendell Holmes Knicks Knicks US makes a A ruling in the Supreme Court's GonNa be Kinda hard to turn over but Major League Baseball. Go through all the rigmarole they'd have to go through in court So that's why they caved in As as far as the Washington senators in nineteen sixty one concerned so give us a sense France then of of of maybe how and we obviously jump around on the show but how how are the markets kind of being determined right. You're obviously mentioning men with the with the dough and but I in terms of you know to to to the extent that there was anything resembling assembling master plan. And I I you could make the argument that the Continental League was perhaps one of those sort of I you know maybe masterplans or accelerated such as a so y those markets Aside from the fact that there was an absence of top tier professional baseball in the cities why those cities and particularly think and Dur for. I don't know how rational or well thought out. Would you say in the later. Years was the decision making around which markets I would ultimately get major league baseball franchises as the as the sixties and Seventies. You know sort of played out boy. That's a tough puzzles a question. I'll tell you Early on in like sixty one and sixty two. They had to take care of Washington they had to take their New York and Los Angeles List was natural because of the dodgers being out there and Houston was an up and growing city Which is why they got hold? Forty five The the next expansion until nineteen sixty nine And then you know that included Kansas City. Seattle San Diego in Montreal interesting story about Houston That's actually stories about the Colt. Forty five's and their first couple of years. They played an All Dilapidated Stadium Colt Colt. Forty Five Stadium and One of the great ball players of all time was a hall of Famer named Richie. Ashburn burn and Ritchie played most of his career with the phillies and the also played with the with the cubs and he played his last year. The first year is in New York. You work met but but Cho forty-five stadium was around before the Astrodome in. Houston you absolutely have to have a dumb stadium because it's hot. It's humid and the bugs. There are amazing and rich Hash. Burn once said that Houston is the only town we're winning. We're insect repellent instead of perfume. which I thought it was just a great statement about the need for the ASTRODOME team? Team is actually. It's fascinating but also interesting to me to that fat. There is a team that I was thinking about. It seems kind of quaint most naive by today's modern comparison but the mets having to play in the old Polo grounds which had frankly that fallen blonde into dilapidation and and basically ten lists for those couple of years or maybe the titans were there as well for a short period of time while their new stadium. Dating was being built. The forty fives in you know. You're being charitable I think in describing what what that was like and I don't even know if the Astrodome was even in the mix six or with promised as part of a rationale of getting Houston a franchise you look at what the debacle in Seattle where. They didn't even really fully have a plan in for a stadium or it was mired in politics and whatnot. So I guess my question is today A. It's obviously you know you need that commitment to be there before. Frankly you're going to give him get a franchise major league soccer being a really good example of that right. No no stadium no team but it seems really interesting how Major League Baseball would allow for expansion without maybe some of the the TS crossed. Roster the is dotted when it came to suitable stadiums in some of these cases. Well keep in mind this early in the process to the astrodome was in the mix when when When they moved to Houston or were they when they gave the franchise to Houston an interesting story about the astrodome? If if you don't mind me give you another one The the Colt forty five's had a relief pitcher named Jim who was a really good relief. Pitcher he you know he would have the era of around two point. Four two point five through hard at good stuff was very effective. And what was not a very good team Unfortunately he developed cancer her. It was a really serious form of cancer and he had to have a lot of surgeries and there were examples of him. Pitching in Games For the Colt forty five's and he had and had surgery on his leg and they wrap the leg but the blood was seeping through. And it's just a horrible story but his one goal was to live long enough to. Let's see the opening of the astrodome. And unfortunately he didn't. He passed away during the off season before it opens but he actually has the world's biggest tombstone because his family took his ashes spread his ashes into the Astrodome as it was being built. So it's kind of a neat story about a guy who who just love. The game was a very good player. Left a little bit too early well give us a sense then. Sort of the sort of from a longitudinal perspective. How how would you describe the process by which Major League Baseball looks at expansion? Maybe sort of an on through the side door of relocation around this time because it's pretty clear that the late fifties you know salvo of all those teams you know you have three teams in the mid fifties and then obviously obviously the the exclamation point of the dodgers and the giants moving westward. That really you know. That's that's sends a signal that that that westward Ho is the move is the mindset and the mantra but I guess I'm really curious as to sort of the the rhyme or reason to the extent that there was such a driven even by economics is driven by television. You mentioned air travel. I'm curious to sort of the how and the wear that Major League baseball overtime over time or was it maybe sort of incremental and not sort of super long term in in thinking I think in many ways it was incremental but I think there was always as a basic logic there and the original expansion I think was a a reaction to the continental league but after that you know they're looking for areas that had population growth. Obviously they could support team attractive places to go. So you're looking for a stadium. That's already there or stadium. It's in the plans. And of course you need ownership that is committed to to the idea. there's always an entrance fee to even join Major League baseball so you have to make sure that you have someone who can afford and who can afford to do would and is in it for the long term but yeah you wouldn't you wouldn't just go to to Moines Iowa you're going to go to a place that has population growth. That could support a team. So how would you characterize characterized the sixties. Then because obviously you've got four teams kind of expanding in in his period of two years. That's the natural knee jerk reaction to come to the Continental League that you're you're you're talking about and but but it wasn't till the ending part of the decade which you know tumultuous at that where Major League baseball you know sort of ramped ramped up even the beginnings of another sort of random and picking. Frankly you know some very interesting cities but four of them all in one shot in nineteen sixty nine. Why Montreal for example and why say Seattle with its shaky and were not fully fleshed out? Stadium plan would you say he means six stadium. Yeah that's I K S They actually didn't have enough seats for the opening game at six stadium the Seattle pilots and they didn't have enough bathrooms either so it was. It was an interesting situation. I think to answer your question Montreal it was I mean now now. Toronto is looked at as basically the capital city of Canada. If you will I mean I know that Ottawa is but I mean when you look about business. Listen Finance but back in those days Montreal with the city and I think the the idea the luster of international play was very important and and you know what the Montreal Expos did quite well. It's just when ownership run into some financial issues and had to sell off their best players that the franchise got in trouble trouble You know Seattle makes sense You have the Kansas City royals Seattle and then nationally. Yes San Diego as well so again. You're you're moving towards to Canada and also to the West more so so okay. So each of these situations are are pretty interesting and unique right the pilots and Seattle right where you know Ma- Minor League Baseball had done quite well and the padres too for that matter but you know Seattle. It'll being a biggest sort of western metropolitan area outside of the two or three franchises in in California some natural geography there. But you know Montreal autry all seems like an outlier. I guess when you think about it and Kansas City right was itself a response to a team that had itself south been domiciled elsewhere Philadelphia and a guy named Charlie Finley moving. Oakland was it was. It was an immediate replacement for the departure of the as but but it's also curious too that the as were never truly warmly embraced by Kansas City for a number of different reasons right some of them self self inflicted and the the weird relationship with the New York Yankees and then Charlie Finley Supposedly being a White Knight. And then you know literally getting on his horse and taking a team away. They're almost like the Yankees. Farm system is crazy right. It was crazy but I guess my point is that these four franchises. Don't I am sure this is in hindsight. But against the tableau of the of the late nineteen sixties with all. The things other distractions going on in this country. I I'm not sure that I would necessarily pick those four places and in situations as the next best places to put franchises right in Seattle. We have yet but we both have have the the The power until just to look back and you know we. We weren't living we you know they're they're they're going by the seat of their pants trying to make the right kind of decisions and and those those times they felt that the ownership and the cities they were moving to the right places to go and the right situations for Major League Baseball. You know it's easy to look back on it now and say well the set or the other thing but again they didn't have that opportunity to look back in the you know and I'm not sure the freedom looking for They just didn't have the opportunity to look back on something that was going to happen. I guess I'm just. I'm just struggling away for what. What do you think the dynamics of some of those decisions? How much do you think it was the advent pro football radio rival League of the AFL you know pushing the NFL? Westward as well Well the NFL was way ahead of baseball. As I mentioned that the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco. I don't think they were the forty niners. Yes I think there were the seals or something going way back and again. You're right with the expansion of hockey You had the Los Angeles Kings. You had the Oakland Seals. I think they were too or they might have a different team but yeah other leagues were were going to the west coast quicker and more often than baseball was so I think some of it might be a knee-jerk jerk reaction but again you're looking at teams you're looking at populations you look at growing populations and then you're also looking at.
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"Our job so certain things you move aside and and and and you know they'd be nice if they happen and that's that's where we are with with Brandon right now I'm assuming the adults in in a way from the on the field stopped the the netting in Major League Baseball has been a big issue and you've got kids I mean obviously you see what's happened around Major League Baseball why is it that that isn't happening faster is it is it just it's to hard to do during the season and would you like would you like to see it be something that is standard in Major League Baseball going into next year yeah I I mean I think we all have the same thoughts on everyone of us kids you know you just you don't want to give it a second thought fan safety kids safety is sort of the first and only issue when you come to the game everything else happens after that so I actually don't understand I've enough on my plate at understand all the different logistical or legal factors that might be a delay except that everyone I've talked to within the organization and at Major League Baseball that has the same same goal in mind which is fan fan safety first and foremost I think we're gonna get we're gonna get to that point where you know more questions your expectation would be next year it we won't even be a talk to I don't like talking about issues I don't fully undersecretaries like an obvious issue for from from the standpoint I don't understand the nuances are all speculate about would you like the commissioner to take it out of your hands or I mean not the cops hands and just issue it I don't I yeah I don't see any issue not except as a human being with it it seems like an obvious issue where you know safety comes first and I know that's how individuals of the club and the feel about it so I'm sure it's inevitable.
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"Happened. It actually goes way back earlier in the decade right to the world's fair. And maybe that's a good place to kind of lay a little groundwork for our audience about sort of you know, what of Seattle in. It's it's history. It's a, you know, it's fledgling this. I guess as a as desirable place not only to live, but it's own desire to perhaps, I guess my words fancy itself. More major league so to speak, and and maybe you can kind of give a little a starting point is to sort of how this narrative gets going right in the book go, in fact, even before the the the world's fair I go back to nineteen sixty when there was actually a bond issue vote in nineteen sixty four stadium. Not that many people were interested in it. I divide the city up into into three major players and the pilot story. Anyway, there's the the boosters. There's the civic leaders, and there's the politicians and truthfully only the boosters were interested in a stadium for major league baseball team. And maybe for the the university of Washington, husky football team in nineteen sixty the campaign was modest there are few bumper stickers. They're only three or four people who who really beat the drum for the the bond issue. And when the people voted they voted against it. It only got a forty eight percent vote and in the state of Washington sixty percent for for a bond issue to be to be passed. So it fell well short of any possibility. And then the world's fair is where the excitement began to pick up. I think Seattle began to realize that it was a big city when I I came to nineteen sixty eight I came from southern California, the Los Angeles area and. Overwhelming sense was here is a large city, but doesn't know it's a large city. And I think there were plenty of people in in the Puget Sound region who kinda wanted to keep it that way. But when the when the world's fair ended up being a real success, not only the boosters, but some other people began to get vision for what can we do next and one of those things that that might might come from that they thought was a baseball team and expansion team or maybe lure another team to to Seattle. And so they got busy on it in nineteen sixty four engaged Paul and William Daley, the Cleveland Indians came to Seattle kind of testing it out to see if the if the Indians might move to Seattle probably it was a ploy to leverage some favorable stadium. Improve. It's in in Cleveland, but they looked around. They they found out. There was nothing but a minor league stadium, and they went back home and negotiated with the city of Cleveland and got pretty much what they wanted. But that that really piqued the interest. I think a lot of baseball baseball fans in Seattle. But it wasn't until nineteen sixty six and the possibility of the National Football League bringing a team to Seattle that that they began working again on on bond issue and Vallon look like it was pretty much going to be accepted seem like everybody hit endorsed the ball Titians endorse that bankers endorsed the newspapers endorsed, it even the religious community in the the bond issue with kind of an height or to Billy Graham crusade as soon as the stadium opened up, but it seemed to. To run into some some rough going the fellow who was the the leader of the campaign did kind of debate with with people who were not so much for it. And they'll he had been speaking tick ulitmately throughout the city for the bond issue. He just seemed to fall down in this this not televised. But on that was on the radio this debate. And he couldn't he couldn't really explain very, well why private entity did not build a stadium. Whether or not the stadium would be built if there was no team coming or the stadium might be might be placed in the city. And it it seemed like the momentum for provable for that bond issue just turned around several weeks before the the bond election..
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"Seven ten on your AM dial. And of course, if you if you dial that up now, you're hear nothing but Korean language programming, but back then in sixty nine it was the flagship, gene, Autry owned fifty thousand watt, and then some flame thrower of angels baseball all across the Southland. And I'm sure an extensive affiliate lineup of stations. But they were calling that first game. It was obviously the the season opener for the angels. But the franchise. Opener for the Seattle pilots. And that is the topic of our conversation today. The one year wonder the nineteen sixty nine season. The only season of the Seattle pilots of the American Lee, our guest this week is Bill Mullins. He is the author of perhaps the the most wide ranging and expansive investigation of the story of the Seattle pilots called becoming big league, Seattle, the pilots and stadium politics came out a couple of years ago and university of Washington press, and it's a it's a great survey. Not only it does talk about the team in and what transpired on the field a bit. But it also has a much longer arc as the stories. We're going to unwind in our conversation. A few seconds. Here goes back to literally the beginnings of the nineteen sixties things like the world's fair of sixty two and sort of the the rumblings around building a stadium and trying. To attract a professional sports team to Seattle which during the sixties really was the third I think most populous metropolitan area on the west coast, and yet was effectively bereft of of anything professional sports at that time, and we're gonna get into sort of the reasons why reasons why sports franchises of a major league variety were part of the Seattle zeitgeist, or at least in certain circles of Seattle in terms of its becoming quarter, quote, major league the fits and starts of such. And frankly, the, you know, the the ground work that kinda helped lead to major league baseball awarding a franchise, and we're going to the timing of that which is pretty interesting the team that became a Seattle pilots in nineteen sixty nine. And let's put it this way. It wasn't a raging success. Okay. The team itself wasn't all that bad. I think a lot of people who were there and sixty nine in Seattle have very fond memories of of the team. We're going to sort of end our show with a little bit of even theme song, which you wanna stick around for because. Yeah, I think the it was a very interesting time for Seattle and sports fans, but let's put it this way. There were a bunch of elements there that sort of conspired against the team some of which of its own doing actually a lot of it of its own doing sub which actually was not of its own doing stadium politics for sure and a whole host of other sort of things that that made the pilots adventure in nineteen sixty nine one four the record books, and that's what we're gonna be talking about here today this week with our guest Bill Mullins coming up in a couple of seconds. So stay tuned. It's very enjoyable. And of course, as always very educated, I learned a whole bunch, and I think you will as well. And I think it's appropriate. We not only welcome to the proceedings, but we also welcome. Yes. A brand new sponsor to our our ever growing roster of of folk supporting our show, and we appreciate our friends. Our new friends at streaker sports for stepping up to the plate. If you will and being a sponsor of our show, and we're ecstatic especially this week because the not only do they have great shirts, and and.