Extra-super-brief news roundup this week, regular programming to resume next Thursday:
- Derek Jeter is all set to become owner of the Miami Marlins (though really a billionaire private investor who was nicknamed “the Paper Shredder” for helping start the newspaper industry’s downward spiral will be majority owner, with Jeter as the public face of the team), and he reportedly hates Marlins Park’s home run sculpture, but it belongs to the county so he can’t move it. Giancarlo Stanton, though, he’s fungible.
- The judge in the Arizona Diamondbacks‘ lawsuit to get Maricopa County to pay for $187 million in stadium upgrades has ordered the two sides to go to arbitration to resolve the issue, as apparently that’s what the team’s lease says they have to do. This could go really poorly, as the two sides have fundamentally incompatible views of what the lease says about who’s responsible for paying for upgrades, but I guess it’s worth a shot, and at least will save on lawyers’ fees for the time being
- The Oakland A’s owners have launched a new website asking fans to chime in on three proposed new stadium sites — the site of the current Coliseum, Howard Terminal in the Port of Oakland, or the location of Peralta Community College’s administration buildings — of which team chief operating officer Chris Giles said, “we have three great sites, all of which are viable, all of which have their different kinds of pros and cons.” Except Howard Terminal has reportedly been ruled out, according to … “a number of reliable sources” and former A’s exec Andy Dolich, who also thinks traffic issues would make the Peralta site unworkable? Here, go look at the website, which includes answers to such questions as “How will the new ballpark be funded?” (“Our new ballpark will be privately financed”) and “When will the new ballpark open?” (“We will announce more details about the timeline later this year”).
That’s it for now. Que vagi bé, i fins ara.