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Steinbrenner: "No, I did not have a stroke. I am not ill." PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 September 2006 08:10

George SteinbrennerContrary to some reports, George Steinbrenner is in good health, and he's willing to have anyone that doesn't believe it come and conduct a workout with him.

Steinbrenner in a rare interview with the AP said, "No, I did not have a stroke. I am not ill. I work out daily." He the goes on to say, "I'd like to see people who are saying that to come down here and do the workout that I do," he said.

On control of the club: "I have relinquished pretty much all control of the Yankees. I had to make room for the young people. You can't hold them back."

On the Yankees place in sports history: "We are the first billion-dollar baseball team," he says. "I never dreamt the team would ever be worth that much when we bought it for $8.8 million ... I'd say that was a pretty good investment."

On the Yankee's fans: [A]s "loyal and knowledgeable like no others in the world." 

"They are involved," he said. "They're the best."

(The AP)

 
SFO Chronicle Reporters Await Fate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 September 2006 04:44

Game of ShadowsLance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, the two San Francisco Chronicle reporters that wrote Game of Shadows will learn today if they will serve jail time for not revealing who leaked to them secret grand jury testimony as it related to the BALCO investigation, part of which relates to testimony given by Barry Bonds.

As reported by the AP, The government will ask U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White on Thursday for an 18-month term. The reporters are seeking a "nominal monetary fine" and other punishment "short of full blown incarceration," including house arrest and weekend jailing, according to court documents.

Williams and Fainaru-Wada have said repeatedly they would go to jail rather than comply with the grand jury's subpoena and reveal their source or sources.  (The AP)

 
Nats sign two-year deal with Clippers PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 12:00
Columbus ClippersThe Washington Nationals today announced that they have signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League. Nationals President Stan Kasten made the announcement.

"We are very excited to be affiliating with the Columbus Clippers," said Kasten. "The Clippers' long-standing history as one of the best Triple-A operations in the country, together with the City of Columbus' reputation as one of America's finest cities, makes Ohio's capital city a perfect partner for our team from the nation's capitol. The Clippers now become the key players in our new program which focuses on a reinvigorated player development system."

The Columbus Clippers entered the International League in 1955 and currently play in 15,000-seat Cooper Stadium, which is named after former International League Commissioner Harold M. Cooper, the instrumental figure in landing Columbus' IL franchise in 1955. The Clippers currently reside in the International League's four-team West Division along with Indianapolis, Louisville and Toledo.

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Metrodome May Have Scheduling Conflict PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 September 2006 03:34

TwinsIf the Twins have a post-season game on Oct. 8th in the Metrodome, the Vikings game against Detroit Lions may have to be moved. As the scenario plays out, if the Twins win the American League Central Division, which would give them home-field advantage in the division series, and a Game 5 of the division series were necessary, the game would fall on  Oct. 8th. 

The Twins have postseason scheduling priority according to their past lease agreement with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, but that agreement expired in 2004.

As reported, "Vikings officials apparently are considering whether to challenge an agreement that gives the Twins priority in the Metrodome."

(The Minnesota Star Tribune

 
Cost for Yankees Playoff Games Jump PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 September 2006 03:02

YankeesThe cost of attending post-season games at Yankee Stadium has increased from the year prior. Newsday is reporting that some bleacher seats that were $20 for the Division series last year will be going for $56. One fan who, "who attend about two dozen games a season and pay about $18 per ticket," would need to pay $66 per ticket, before service charges.

 

Other costs:

  • $206 - Top cost for a ticket to a Division Series game at Yankee Stadium
  • $281 - Top cost for a League Championship Series ticket
  • $431 - Top cost for a World Series ticket
  • Individual division series tickets range from $22 to $206 for a field championship seat.
  • Individual league championship tickets range from $56 to $281 for a field championship seat.
  • Individual World Series tickets range from $71 to $431 for a field championship seat.

 (Newsday)

 
German Firm Awarded Construction Contract for New Yankee Stadium PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2006 07:29

New Yankee StadiumHochtief AG, the largest construction company in German was awarded the construction of the New Yankee Stadium today.  Turner Corporation, the US wing of Hochtief AG started work on the facility for developer Tishman Speyer.

As Bloomberg News reports, "It's a fantastic contract and we're happy to have it,'' Hochtief spokesman Christian Gerhardus said today. "It's always a great honor to do this type of project. Our U.S. subsidiary has the ability and the necessary knowledge.''

Hochtief and its subsidiaries have completed more than 500 sports venue projects over 40 years, including work at New York's Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment venue and the Flushing Meadows tennis complex. (Bloomberg News)

 
Red Sox to go NASCAR? PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2006 01:18

Red SoxJohn Henry and the Fenway Sports Group are in talks to purchase as much as 50% of Roush Racing. Estimated price would be in excess of $50 million. Why the tie in?  Brand diverisification for the Red Sox and marketing opportunities for Roush Racing.

Both the Fenway Sports Group and Roush Racing confirmed the talks, but both said there is no agreement.

Roush Racing has been a top team in NASCAR as of late: 15 races were won by the team last year, and 5 are in the championship series for the Nextel Cup this season. As reported:

The Roush deal is part of the strategy by Red Sox ownership -- a partnership called New England Sports Ventures -- to diversify its revenue beyond baseball and New England Sports Network. Fenway Sports Group is a key to that effort. Its best-known client is Boston College's sports teams; it also negotiated a deal this year for Lumber Liquidators to become title sponsor of a truck for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series.

For the Red Sox, these non baseball opportunities are particularly valuable because they are not subject to Major League Baseball's revenue-sharing tax. But they also raise dicey questions for Henry & Co. For instance, if the Red Sox owners can spend $50 million on a NASCAR team, why can the Yankees outspend them by $75 million a year for players? And why should taxpayers kick in for improvements around Fenway Park?

(The Boston Globe

 
Moreno: Expect "something major" PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2006 01:00

Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimAngels owner Arte Moreno has made it clear that being out of contention the past two seasons is not something he intends to see for a third season. 

Before the Angels game yesterday, Moreno made a pledge, "I'll guarantee we're going to do something major," Moreno said. "We explored it before, but now we have goals we want to attain and that we will accomplish, whether through free agency or trades."

Moreno would not get into specific details of what the changes would be, but given the lack of offense this past season, the acquisition of a bat or two seems likely.

The Angels owner met Tuesday with key members of his staff including the major league coaching staff, several front-office executives and the team's major league scouts as they prepare for next season.

As reported, $73.5 million is committed to the 10 players under contract for 2007, and significant raises to closer Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields will boost the payroll to about $83.5 million.

As to whether GM Bill Stoneman is on the hot seat, Moreno signaled that his position is safe. "Everyone wants instant satisfaction — that's tough," Moreno said. "You've got to have stability. If you have a revolving door, where every year you have a new GM and manager….I won't want that. If you want to point the finger, point it at me." (The LA Times)

 
Astros Announce 2007 Home Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 10:52

AstrosOpening Day vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Set for April 2

HOUSTON – The Houston Astros today unveiled their home schedule for the 2007 championship season, which begins at Minute Maid Park for a seventh consecutive year and at home for the 23rd time in the last 26 years. Opening Day for the Astros is set for Monday, April 2, 2007, at 6:05 p.m. versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Astros open the 2007 campaign with a six-game homestand against two National League Central foes – the Pittsburgh Pirates (April 2-4) and St. Louis Cardinals (April 6-8). Houston also closes the season at Minute Maid Park, with a three-game homestand vs. the Atlanta Braves (Sept. 28-30). Additionally, the Astros will play two exhibition games at home vs. the Kansas City Royals on Friday, March 30 (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday, March 31 (1:05 p.m.).

The schedule features three homes series vs. the Cardinals with two weekend matchups (April 6-8, June 1-3), and a midweek series (Aug. 28-30). Other key series at Minute Maid Park include four-game sets with both the Colorado Rockies (June 28-July 1) and the San Diego Padres (July 26-29); a four-game weekend set vs. the New York Mets (July 5-8); and two late-season series vs. the Chicago Cubs (Aug. 6-9, Sept. 11-13). The Astros are also home for the July 4th holiday as part of a three-game series vs. the Philadelphia Phillies (July 2-4).

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Nats Announce 4-year extension w/Potomac Nationals PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 September 2006 10:10

Potomac NatsNATIONALS ANNOUNCE FOUR-YEAR EXTENSION TO WORKING AGREEMENT WITH POTOMAC OF SINGLE-A CAROLINA LEAGUE

The Washington Nationals today announced that they have signed a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract with the Potomac Nationals of the Single-A Carolina League.  Nationals President Stan Kasten made the announcement.

“We are excited to extend our working relationship with the Potomac Nationals for four more years,” said Kasten. “The proximity of their facility to Washington has been a great asset to our organization as it pertains to players on rehabilitation assignments and for workouts.  We have enjoyed a great relationship with the Potomac ownership and are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Potomac joined the Carolina League in 1978 and currently play in 6,000-seat Pfitzner Stadium, which is located 30 miles from Washington .  Potomac began its affiliation with Washington in 2005.

 
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