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from Jim Souhan of the StarTribune,
Former Twin Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates, and former Twin Justin Morneau will bat cleanup and wear a new number: 66.
I guessed that was a result of the intense hockey fan paying homage to Penguins great Mario Lemeiux. I was wrong.
``Nope,'' Morneau said. ``It's just 33 times two.''
Morneau wore 33 during his prime with the Twins. Is 99 a possibility? ``Nope,'' he said. ``There's only one 99 for us Canadians.''
read on for some baseball talk...
from Eric Fisher and Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,
MLB Advanced Media and the NHL next week plan to begin co-selling an unprecedented online video package in which the out-of-market game subscriptions for both leagues will be marketed in a joint offering. In addition, MLBAM is set to cut a separate deal with ESPN in which MLB.TV will be sold with the media giant’s Insider content subscription in hopes of driving usage of both.
The NHL-MLBAM deal marks a rare level of cooperation between sports entities with limited common ownership. The leagues’ digital arms will sell the combined video package for $139.95, less than the cost of purchasing current packages for each sport individually….
The NHL says its research indicates that 80 percent of hockey fans are also fans of MLB. The league hopes that giving baseball fans who are also hockey fans the chance to experience the NHL’s digital product during the high point of its season will lead to new subscriptions for the 2009-10 season, said John Collins, NHL chief operating officer.
more (normally a paid subscription site but this link seems to be working. If not, I will try to get a link for you later today)
From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,
I’ve disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court on a number of its recent decisions – one in particular – but couldn’t have agreed with it more on its choice to side with fantasy baseball leagues in their battle against Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association.
The court’s verdict – basically stipulating that baseball and those who play it professionally are not owed compensation for the use of their names and statistics – is not only fantastic news for baseball fans, but also a nice little shot across the bow of all sports leagues and player unions who wish to soak their customers bone-dry by any means necessary.
more on a variety of topics (including a thoughtful ‘get well’ message for Paul)
*additional thoughts on the US Supreme Court decision posted yesterday, with a selection of related links
From Mychael Urban, national writer for the official site, MLB.com:
Does the U.S. media have an East Coast bias? Sure. Our country was founded there, as were all of the big-time sports leagues. (Save your e-mails, hockey fans. We’re aware that the NHL was founded in Canada. We’re also aware that you aren’t “big-time” until your TV ratings top those of “Golden Girls” reruns on Lifetime.)
Very original—I’m sure it took him all night to come up with that.
Now, if only I paid enough attention to baseball to be able to toss insults back…
From the Atlanta Braves,
When Tom Glavine elected to sign with the Braves out of high school rather than with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League, he didn’t lose his interest in hockey. That fact has never been more obvious than this offseason, when the 303-game winner spent a good deal of his time coaching youth hockey in a big way.
Glavine didn’t just coach a team, or even two. He helped coach four teams.
“I love watching these guys play,” said a smiling Glavine after a December game. “They enjoy playing so much, and they have the same passion I had when I was kid.”