No lock out news. But maybe that’s a good thing, because a few things this past week really deserve our attention.
The Yankees have named Rachel Balkovec as the new manager of the Tampa Tarpons.
Sources: Rachel Balkovec, who joined the Yankees organization as a minor-league hitting coach in 2019, will serve as the manager for the Low A Tampa Tarpons next season.— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) January 9, 2022
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, 17 year old Genevieve Beacom made her debut with the Melbourne Aces, working a scoreless frame.
17 year-old Genevieve Beacom officially becomes the first female to play pro baseball in Australia!— Farm To Fame (@FarmToFame_) January 8, 2022
She pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Melbourne Aces! pic.twitter.com/m7ghQ72mjc
And in Houston, the Astros hired Sara Goodrum as their Director of Player Development.
The #Astros have officially announced the hiring of Sara Goodrum as the club's director of player development.— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) January 5, 2022
Goodrum joins the Houston system after working as Brewers hitting coordinator in 2021.@AdamMcCalvy had this story on her last month: https://t.co/FoxAPkJ6AC
Let’s see, I’m sure some other stuff happened. Oh yeah, I guess there’s this.
In today’s @TB_Times, nearly 40 Tampa Bay Area business leaders endorse #Rays Montreal split-season plan as a “win-win-win” for all parties and push to prioritize a new Ybor City home for the team “on terms that the current market frames.” pic.twitter.com/2w7hpxItZA— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) January 8, 2022
This thread from a econ prof on the subject is interesting.
Why do businessmen from "three prominent regional chambers" support this plan? *They* want a taxpayer-funded stadium that helps fund their season tickets, club seats, and crony-schmoozing. It's selfish and contrary to the public interest.— J.C. Bradbury (@jc_bradbury) January 9, 2022
Jeff Passan is getting anxious about the lockout.
"What the f--- are we doing?"— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 5, 2022
It's been more than 30 days since MLB's lockout started and the sides haven't had one substantive conversation. Spring training is fast approaching. At ESPN+, a look at how bad things are -- and a potential path to a deal: https://t.co/M4cgjfeLwp pic.twitter.com/ykIvsOFg94
This is an actual story, not a spoof. Reminder that Staten Island was one of the MiLB clubs that was contracted.
Alex Rodriguez and Michael Kay will host a “Manningcast” style baseball broadcast next year.
NEWS: Alex Rodriguez "Manningcast" will be Kay-Rod.https://t.co/NfLKpgYXfB— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) January 7, 2022
In other media news, the Athletic was purchased by the New York Times.
The New York Times reached a $550 million deal to buy The Athletic, an online sports news outlet with 1.2 million subscriptions. https://t.co/gVJ0oygqnD— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 6, 2022
Finally, we’re not sure which is better, this girl’s swing, or her bat flip.