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Southpaw is available for rent!

Based on a Wall Street Journal audit of the mascot-rental industry, almost every one of the 26 major-league mascots is available for school visits, charity events or private parties. Note: The Angels, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees don't have mascots, though the Cubs can offer the Cubs Trolley. What individual mascots will do and what they cost vary widely. Mr. Met costs $600 for a one-hour appearance. The Phillie Phanatic also gets $600 for a private party, but $300 for a visit to a non-profit, while the Mariner Moose's fee ranges from free for schools and hospitals to $600 for an hour-long corporate event. I say we rent Southpaw for next year's methup.

How much action isn't there in baseball? Pompous Brit WSJ reporter discusses

Douchebag reporter with a heavy English accent suggests baseball is almost as boring as cricket. A week after July 4th. Coincidence? I think not.

Jim Thome rejoins Sox...as special assistant to the GM.

According to Mark Gonzales, Thome's duties will include "consulting with Hahn and assistant general manager Buddy Bell, working with the Sox major league staff and players, and visiting Sox minor league teams during the summer and evaulating players." Welcome back to the South Side, Gentleman Batsman.

Remembering Wilbur

Nice little writeup at fangraphs on the fortieth anniversary of Wilbur Wood's prodigious Sunday afternoon feat.

Why Is This Man So Skinny - WSJ article

On the mound last week, Chris Sale, the 24-year-old ace of the Chicago White Sox, was practically unhittable. In two starts, he threw 16 2/3 scoreless innings, allowed just four hits and struck out 19 batters. That was all impressive enough. But what really left teammates in awe of Sale was his performance on a charter flight to California. In a four-hour masterpiece, Sale packed two ice cream sundaes and, by one teammate's estimate, around 30 bags of potato chips into one of the skinniest bodies the sport has ever seen.

Mike Andrews 1973

Cool story on the Andrews saga.

Juan Uribe, Walk Machine.

Juan Uribe is walking in 20% of his plate appearances. He apparently started walking last summer.

The Cleveland Indians, Sports Agents, and the Art of Negotiation

Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, learned valuable lessons about business, leadership, and how to treat other people from his father, Ron, a master negotiator.

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