Jackie Robinson Day

69-years ago, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

In celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, all MLB teams retired the #42 and April 15th is now known as ‘Jackie Robinson Day’. On this day all players, coaches, and umpires wear Robinson’s #42.

If you have not seen the Ken Burns‘ documentary on Robinson you can check it out online

Jackie Robinson Part 1

Jackie Robinson Part 2

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As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Mets Clutch Home Runs Added to MLB’s #THIS Campaign

The NY Mets completed an AMAZIN 3-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, and you will be hard pressed to find a more exciting series up to this point in the season.

The Mets had to come from behind in all 3 games to beat the Nationals and they did it in dramatic fashion. MLB captured 2 of the biggest moments in the series in their #THIS campaign

#THIS is meant to show you why baseball is great!

Here are other Mets’ moments that are part of the #THIS campaign

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

#THIS: Harvey Returns to New York

When Rob Manfred took over as the 10th commissioner of Major League Baseball he openly acknowledged that baseball needed to do a better job in leveraging social media to market the game.

I think social media is a space that we need to continue to work on. You know, our principle efforts with respect to the pure marketing of the game are going to be player-focused. We’re at an interesting spot from the generational perspective—the Derek Jeter generation has kind of moved on, and we’re going to be making a conscious effort to market the new stars of the game—the Mike Trouts, the Clayton Kershaws and Andrew McCutchens. Those folks are great players and great young people, and that’s going to be a principle focus of our marketing efforts. Social is important, obviously, particularly with younger players who kind of carry younger fans – Rob Manfred

Baseball has launched their new PR campaign to promote their stars, #THIS. And just in time for the Subway Series they have release #THIS: Harvey Returns to New York

LETS GO HAR-VEE, LETS GO HAR-VEE….

Ok baseball, I think this is a good first step for MLB. I mean it works for me as a Mets fan, but can baseball get this out to the causal fan? Baseball needs to think big, they should buy spots during the NBA Playoffs and NFL Draft; just bombard TV and all social media with this campaign. Hopefully Manfred and baseball can keep coming up with good ideas like this.

By the way, baseball’s Twitter account (@MLB) currently has 4.48 million followers, and that may seem a lot until you take a look at the NBA’s Twitter account (@NBA)…. 14 million followers!!!!

You can checkout more #THIS videos on MLB’s YouTube Channel

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Major League Baseball’s Twitter Account Pays Respect to USA Goalie Tim Howard

In a sign of respect to the tremendous effort Tim Howard is displaying in goal against Belgium @MLB tweeted a twitpic of the Gold Gloves in the Hall of Fame and said they now belong to Howard.

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In Extra Time Belgium finally beat Howard and currently lead 2-1, no matter the outcome of this game Howard has played out of his mind and there is no shame in this lost.

Tim Howard with 16 saves has made himself into a star in the United States with this World Cup performance.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

 

 

 

NY Yankees Top List as Most Valuable Franchise in Baseball

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Who said baseball was a dying sport?

Bloomberg released its list of most valuable teams in Major League Baseball, and on top of that list are the NY Yankees who are valued at $3.3 Billion!

According to Bloomberg News the value of MLB teams went up approximately 35% from previous estimates; these numbers are compiled using

revenue from ticket sales, concessions, sponsorships and broadcast rights, as well as interests in TV channels, radio stations and real estate.

Revenue from national TV contracts and merchandise is split evenly among the teams, as is the value of MLB Advanced Media, a subsidiary that supplies content to Internet and mobile subscribers.via Bloomberg News

Man that’s a lot of scrilla, can’t hate them tho…. Of course I can, with all that value the Yankees STILL missed the playoffs.  Haha, come on you didn’t REALLY think I wasn’t talk a lil trash about the Skanks.

Side note, my NY Mets are 1 of 10 teams worth more than $1 Billion.  We coming back!!!

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As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Jackie Robinson Movie

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As a life long fan of baseball I cannot wait to see the movie ‘42‘, the story of Jackie Robinson integrating Major League Baseball. If some how you have been living under a rock Jackie Robinson was the 1st African-American to play in the Major Leagues.

Over the past couple of years I have listen to several discussions talking about the impact of Jackie Robinson on both Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues.  While most look at Jackie Robinson’s achievements as a positive impact on society there are others who view Robinson leaving the Negro Leagues as the beginning of the end for the all Black league.  Robinson’s success led to the plucking of talent by MLB….

Was this a good thing or a bad thing?

Without a doubt it was bad for the Negro League but the good out weighed the bad!

The integration of baseball dispelled the ridiculous notion that the Black athlete could not contest with the best White ball players.  While I can understand the opinions of those like Dr Boyce Watkins who correctly states that the downfall of the Negro Leagues destroyed Black business.  I cannot understand what seems to be a lack of respect for the impact of Jackie Robinson.  In a recent YouTube video Dr Watkins talks about not having the desire to see the movie ’42’.

While Dr Watkins talks about “ownership” in his video, in my opinion he ignores the ownership Jackie Robinson took in his own life by not allowing bigots and racists to tell him he could not be on the same baseball field as Whites.   Does Dr Watkins believe that if the Negro Leagues would have continued with Robinson that it would have had a greater impact than Robinson integrating MLB?  Only Dr Watkins can answer that question…

What I do know is that The Jackie Robinson story is a GREAT positive story in Black History and I will fully support it.  I prefer to avoid supporting trash like “Basketball Wives’ and ‘Love and Hip-Hop’.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Carlos Quentin charges the mound against Zack Greinke

Last night’s baseball game between the Padres and the Dodgers got out of hand when Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke hit Padres’ batter Carlos Quentin. This led to a bench clearing brawl that left Greinke with a fractured collar bone.

No matter how you spin it, Quentin is in the wrong. The back of Quentin’s baseball card is not exciting anyone and he needs to play his position in the world of baseball. In his 8 year career he is a .253 hitter, he should feel honored that Greinke even paid enough attention to hit him!

But because Quentin believes he is better than he is and that Greinke gives a flying f¥€k about who he is; he felt the need to charge the mound after being hit with a pitch. In defending his .253 batting avg career Quentin fractured the collar bone of Greinke.

As it stands now Greinke will be out indefinitely with a broken collar bone. Meanwhile Quentin MAY get a 5 game suspension for charging the mound, hardly fair for the Dodgers.

I agree with Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly, Carlos Quentin should have the sit out however long it takes Greinke to recover from the fractured collar bone. Let’s see if MLB and Bud Selig will do the right thing!

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If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!